From Coast to Top Of The Wolds

Hallington Top

From Coast to Top Of The Wolds

Sunday 14th January

As promised by those very clever weather forecaster people, a frost and ice free morning so all was set for Barry and Jim to cycle over from Swinhope to join John and Tim in Louth town centre. In spite of last minute mechanical issues Barry and Jim arrived early and enjoyed a welcome hot drink before setting off.

In good spirits and with the promise of meeting Alan Hockham, Alan Richards and Chris at Oasis Cafe we set off, following the banks of the Louth Canal. With East Lindsey District Council having recently purchased the Louth Navigation Warehouse, there may in the (distant) future be the realisation of a Multi User Path linking the Water Rail Way (Woodhall Spa/Bardney) to the Lincolnshire coast.

The route continued via South Cockerington and South Somercotes with a pleasant ride through Church End meeting up with the A1031 at North Somercotes, a short distance from the Grade II listed 16th-century red-brick Locksley Hall. The Oasis cafe was open for business and we joined up with Alan Hockham, Alan Richards and Chris. The service is always friendly and prices very competitive and tales of daring do were exchanged over hot refreshments.

Time to move on and the ride leader marshaled the group for the return leg. Alan Richards had departed before we got to Fire Beacon whilst bidding farewell to Chris and John at Covenham.
Continuing along Pear Tree Lane, we crossed the A16 and A18 and made the ascent up Salters Lane (a name deriving from the historic transport of salt from the salt pans on the coast to towns further inland). Good views of the Wolds too as we reached an altitude of about 400 ft.

Barry and Jim turned off towards Swinhope, Alan carrying on with Tim along the undulating Bluestone Heath Road, harder work by now with a head wind picking up. Tim duly turned off on the Hallington Road, passing the renowned triangulation station at Flint Hill - numbered S2071 for the spotters out there. Part of a major project to map out the shape of Great Britain which began in 1936.

The Louth contingent clocked up 37 miles, 42 for Jim and Barry, with Alan Hockham likely to have traveled the greatest distance as he returned to Sutton On Sea. Thanks for everyone's company. 
A very enjoyable day out.

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