Sunday ride to Watts for Tea, Tower Mill, Grainthorpe

Sunday ride to Watts for Tea, Tower Mill, Grainthorpe

RIDE REPORT
Watts for Tea at Tower Mill, Grainthorpe, Sunday 4th March 2018

Having survived 'The Beast From the East' which gave us strong winds (gusts of 50-55 mph) sub-zero temperatures (a maximum of minus 2 C for a few days) and snow (with considerable drifting) it came as a relief that Sunday saw the thermometer rise to plus 2 C for the start of the ride. Balmy! John Ambler came to greet Tim Newbery at Louth Cornmarket to give moral support and it had been arranged to meet up with Alan Hockham on the B1200 between Manby and Saltfleetby. We had taken the decision to use the alternate route utilising the salted and gritted roads just in case of ice persisting on the unclassified roads.

A moderate cross wind for the ride through to Manby where Tim met up with Alan, right on schedule. Dry too and we enjoyed the steady run heading towards the coast, until we intersected the A157 at Saltfleetby. Several other other cyclists greeted us who had not put off by the chill winter weather. At this point the wind was on our backs facilitating a brisk run past Saltfleet and Conisholme to our refreshment stop at Grainthorpe. We had a table booked at 11.45 am and we were jokingly reprimanded for arriving two minutes early!

Watts for Tea Cafe is located alongside Tower Mill, which probably dates from from the early 19th Century but was damaged in 1895 and largely rebuilt. It finally ceased work in 1930 and became sail-less a few years later.

Alan was now to return to Sutton On Sea along the coast road whilst Tim returned on a more direct route to Louth via Austen Fen and Yarburgh.

A route distance of 45 km for the Louth contingent and a shade under 70 km for Alan. Great to get out and about after a few days stuck indoors.

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