Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

A late afternoon walk in Mablethorpe

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.

Spare Ribs Rack with onion rings and chips
Cod Goujons with mashed potato and salad

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.

Menacing sky looking south
But brighter looking north

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.

Tourist Noddy train running along sand dunes on the beach

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.

Crazy golf fun on the seafront: ideal for young families

Pirate fun!
Pirates of Mablethorpe!
Racetrack by seafront

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.

Lovely place to rest and admire the beautiful beach and ocean beyond
Beach huts looking south
Looking north by cafés and amusement facilities
Attractive Queens Park a little further north
Artificial lake and water rides at Queens Park
Walking back towards centre of Mablethorpe
And I caught a murmuration of starlings between the middle set of lights and handrail
This amusement arcade caught my eye. How could it not?

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.

30 thoughts on “Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

  1. Such a pity that you did not stop at Sutton-on-Sea, literally just a few miles down the road, lovely Sandy beach and lovely little town but none of the kiss me quick hats or amusement arcades like there are in both Mablethorpe and Skegness.

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    1. We went there for the walks and cycle rides along the seafront and Peter did cycle to Sutton-on-Sea and loved it. The campsite was very good and had a luxurious shower block, which was a lovely treat.
      Our next stop was Burton upon Stather and we we really enjoyed that. That will be my next post.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here.


      1. We were Assistant Wardens at the Caravan Club site in Sutton-on-Sea and once upon a time, many years ago, we lived in the rural village of Butterwick a few miles North of Boston on the Skegness/Mablethorpe road.

        I always read your blog posts although I do not always comment 😉👍

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      2. I have been following your blogs for ages, you may know me better by my Motorhome365 forum name…..’Bigmomma’ 😄

        We have been Wardens at a site down in North Devon for the last two years but as our season finished on the 1st October, we are now back in our Spanish ‘bolt hole’ 👍


      3. Yes, I remember you well. I don’t use that forum any more. I just don’t have the time for so much social media.
        Hope all is well in Spain and that Brexit won’t affect you too much. We were worried about travelling with our dog, so we are hoping a good deal can be achieved… Maybe next year! 😉


      4. Fortunately we do not have any pets, one less thing to worry about. As for Brexit, it is the main reason why we are still working and not retired and travelling in the van on more extended tours of Europe. But we have adopted a ‘worst case scenario’ approach to it now, which means we have worked out logistics for post Brexit retirement. We will keep our ‘Bolt Hole’ here in Spain, we will still be able to use it for a maximum of 6 months a year (2 x 90 day periods), but we still have a lot of touring to do in the UK as well. So, for us the dream has not changed only the logistics of how we achieve it 👍

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  2. Fatima, Adonis must be a true Southerner if he has you believing that Lincolnshire is in the north east of England. As a true northerner I feel obliged to point out that the NE of England does not start until the top of North Yorkshire. Lincolnshire? That’ s the Midlands in my book. Love your blog and photos so I will forgive you your geographical blooper.

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    1. Haha! Mablethorpe is on the same latitude as Manchester, and they consider themselves ‘Northerners’! Anyway, anything north of Bognor is The North to me! 🤣🤣🤣
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment here. 😘


  3. You often feature buildings and scenery, but I also enjoyed the spectacle of food dishes, which looked so yummy. If I hadn’t just eaten dinner, you would make me very hungry. I would like to try the Lincolnshire Plum Loaf, not available here in the States, or so I would imagine.

    Thanks for this sampling of Mablethorpe, including the sandy beaches, Fatima.


    1. You’re so right, Marian. This has been a holiday about Nature and local food and discovering new areas in the UK. I have been living here permanently since 1985 and it’s the first time I’ve seen Lincolnshire Plum Loaf! It was delicious too and long gone. We are now in Wales and bought Bara Brith, a Welsh tea cake, which I will share in due course.
      Thank you again for your kind observations and comments.


      1. We booked a fishing holiday in the north of Spain 2 years ago in early September and when we got there the lake had lost so much water and it was so low that it was impossible to fish. It hadn’t rained at all for a whole year and it made us realise how lucky we are here. Draught is no joke.


      2. Oh wow… last summer with the fires raging for days I realised just how lucky we are to pretty much always have rain and no crazy weather. Without the extremes others live with

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  4. While Mablethorpe might be mostly deserted this time of the year, I can just imagine those wide beaches filled with young families all summer long as there certainly is a lot to entertain them.

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    1. The beach was very popular with dog walkers and it was lovely to see so many four-legged friends running about enjoying themselves. I am certain Dot would have loved it too.

      We are back home now as Peter needed to go back to work, but it was great discovering new areas in the UK and spending time with friends. Next time, we’ll like to explore the Yorkshire Moors and the west coast of Anglesey.

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