Sunday Ride to Tetney Lock 14th April 2019
Listening to the local radio station predict a maximum temperature of 5 to 8 degrees with a strong easterly wind wasn't too inspiring for this Easter Holiday ride, but we were looking forward to meeting up with holidaymaker Paul Bennett who was on a visit from Tunbridge Wells. Perhaps too we would see the return of Rob Cook who was back home from Tenerife, whilst Chris Owen had message that he would meet up with us en-route to Wold Newton.
Leaving the Leisure Centre were Rob Whitworth, John Ambler, John Rickett, Paul Bennett and Alan Hockham.
Alan Hockham had requested a route that would take us up to the Bluestone Heath Road via Hallington and North Farm. Heading north and crossing the A157 we rode past the deserted medieval villages of South Cadeby and Calcethorpe and later through Kelstern and the War Memorial alongside the former RAF airfield. Fine views with some welcome sunshine but the wind was just as chilling as predicted.
We were soon to meet up with Chris and continued north towards Wold Newton. Reaching Scallows Wood it was sobering to reflect on the tragic night of the 5th December 1943. A memorial cross and plaque in the wood commemorates a 101 Squadron crew who were killed close to this site on that day. Lancaster DV270 had departed Ludford Magna for a routine training flight but emerging from low cloud in appalling weather 4 hours later, it clipped the treetops and crashed close to Binbrook Hall, just missing the occupied building. All 7 crew were killed. One of the crew, Sergeant (Air Bomber) John Winton Anderson, now lies buried in Louth Cemetary.
With the sun still shining it was only a short distance to the Village Hall at Wold Newton and as usual there were numerous cyclists and walkers enjoying fine refreshments. We arrived only a couple of minutes behind schedule at a little after 11 am. Luckily on this occasion there was enough room for us to sit at a table and 'lashings' of tea and coffee were provided whilst some of us also enjoyed the home made cakes. Even Chris joined in sampling the splendid offerings. Just as the group were getting ready to leave we were warmly greeted by Rob Cook! who had departed Louth a little late. With Rob taking time for a short break we agreed to meet up at the lunch stop at Tetney Lock. We also said cheerio to Chris at this point as he would return directly home.
The route from Wold Newton took us up to the top of Hawerby Hill which gave fantastic views across the plains all the way to the Humber Estuary with all the coastal shipping traffic. Spurn Point was clearly visible too. Downhill now, all the way to the A18 and along through the Grainsby Estate. Always a pleasure with fine scenery to enjoy, cold headwind notwithstanding. Through Tetney and eventually to Tetney Lock we arrived at the Crown and Anchor looking forward to lunch. However, as it was the Easter Holiday's every table was booked and we decided on just a drink instead. Once more on preparing to leave (a little earlier than planned) we were greeted by Rob Cook who had finally caught up with us. No time for him to take off his coat, we decided on a taking a steady return route home.
The route would take us to Marshchapel, West End and Covenham, this time enjoying a significant back wind which was warmly welcomed. John Rickett would turn off towards Little Grimsby whilst the remainder of the group returned to the Leisure Centre via Brackenborough, arriving at a little before 3 pm having covered 36 miles. Having missed out on lunch, the cafe offered sustenance and the bacon and sausage baps were great value for money. We also caught up on some of Rob Cook's adventures whilst he had been away - welcome home Rob. Thanks too for Paul's company and we hope to see him sometime in the near future.