Due to the uncertainty of Brexit and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31st October, we decided it might be wiser to spend this half-term holiday in GB and explore areas we have never seen before. I was quite keen to see the coastline north of Norfolk, as I’d never been any further north than that county, so we booked 3 days at Ivy Dene Caravan Site near Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire (north east of England) and set off on Saturday 19th October.
Keeping with our habit of driving for not more than 3 hours in the morning, we stopped sort of half-way, just south of Cambridge, at The Green Man Pub in Royston, where we had a fantastic and generous meal of spare ribs rack for Adonis and cod in goujons for myself and then spent the night, which was lovely and quiet. Motorhomes are welcome to spend the night here as long as the occupants have at least a drink in the pub, which seems quite reasonable.
We arrived at the Ivy Dene Caravan Site at midday on Sunday and, after a very warm welcome from host Graham, we managed to get to our grassy pitch, as wheels skidded trying to access it due to the very wet weather of the previous few days, but we got there in the end.
We needed some bread for lunch and I couldn’t resit buying one of the local specialities while I was at it. It made beautiful breakfast!
After lunch, I took Beano on a long walk to the seafront following the signs for the car park instead of through the town because the former was alongside farmland, much nicer for dog walks. It took me a little longer than I’d anticipated, but I was rewarded with a vast and beautiful east- facing sandy beach and sand dunes, all bathed in a soft diaphanous afternoon light, but with a menacing dark sky to the south and partly blue skies to the north, surprisingly.
From there, we walked south along the shore towards the town and I was amused to see the tourist ‘Noddy’ train running along on the sand too instead of on the promenade, as it is usually the case.
When we reached the racing car track and the crazy golf courses, I knew we had arrived at the edge of town and stopped to take some more photos of this quintessential English seaside resort, perfect for young families and teenagers, and I headed back to the campsite through town this time.
The next day, Adonis went for a long bike ride along the coast in the morning and we both walked bak into Mablethorpe in the afternoon. Not having a lot to do besides cafés and amusement arcades, we decided we had seen enough and to move on west the following day in order to keep exploring North Lincolnshire.
To summarise, I think Mablethorpe is an ideal holiday resort for young families and teenagers and the vast beach and sand dunes are perfect for walkers, but the numerous amusement arcades were not for us.