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Gibraltar Point

Well when Chloe (age 6) got up this morning she said she wanted a day at the seaside. We are about as far inland as its possible to get in these islands so some quick checks on the Met Office website on the nearest beaches (all about a 100 miles away) called for. North Wales coast (Prestatyn about 105 miles) not looking good, clouds and rain getting heavier around lunchtime when we'd be there. Nearest beaches are Skegness (about 95 miles) and the weather looking a whole lot better there even if Skeggie is all candyfloss and ways to part the east midlanders from their cash so off we went, my first trip to that bit of the coast since the mid 70s and it doesn't seem to have changed that much since then! Cheap tacky shops, loads of funfair type stuff and beach heaving with people and donkeys, Still nice sand and nice weather so looking good.
Note to Bodger, did see some signs for a Cider festival Aug bank hol on the way into the town, though didn't really associate Lincolnshire with Cider, spuds yep but apples no!
Got there around lunchtime so off to the chippie, why do Fish n Chips always taste even better than normal by the sea? And sat munching away Sophie suddenly remembered something I'd quite forgotten, Gibraltar Point is only about 5 min away from the neon chaos of Skegness so off we went.
Interesting look round the visitors centre then a nice walk across the salt marshes under those huge Lincolnshire skies to the beach. Must be 2 or 3 miles at least of uninterrupted beach in either direction and I could see a grand total of 10 people (inc the 4 of us!). Amazing given the fact we were inside about 5mins drive and under an hours walk from the heaving masses!
Very nice afternoon spent hunting shells paddling and just playing about on the beach, will post some pics once the cameras have some charge in them. Spotted a seal poke his head up to take a look at what the kids were up to splashing about in the sea but they missed it despite me yelling to them to turn round! Chloe ticked off loads of the sea birds in her I Spy book of birds and Emily spent the afternoon honing her skills as a landscape photographer.
All in all a great suggestion from Chloe at 8 this morning!
Bazzer

I-Spy books are still being printed!

Wonder if they still do I-Spy Steam Trains and give out feathers from Big Chief I-Spy when you send in a completed book?
dtalbot

Michelin have taken over I Spy and are renewing the series (about 30 out so far if I remember right. The kids can send off for a certificate when they have 1000 points and a badge when they have done 5 books.
Bazzer

Anyone recall which Newspaper was home to Big Chief I-Spy?
Think it was a broadsheet, could have been the News Chronical.

Just done the obvious and here it is Girls & Boys, in all it's glory of childhood days long gone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-Spy
lizzie44

Gibralter point is lovely.We used to go there a lot when we lived in Lincs. Skeggy is a hell hole IMHO. Love Lizzie
dtalbot

lizzie44 wrote:
Gibralter point is lovely.We used to go there a lot when we lived in Lincs. Skeggy is a hell hole IMHO. Love Lizzie

Yup! Skeggy makes Blackpool look positively upmarket doesn't it? But that said plenty of isolated and quiet coast almost within shouting distance.

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