Adventures in Market Deeping, Lincs

Gandalf the VW’s home for the weekend is on the outskirts of Market Deeping, near to Peterborough. We’re staying at a C&MC CL called Keal Lodge– a slightly more manicured CL than we’ve stayed at before with each pitch having its own water intake and grey waste disposal and lovely hard standing pitches. We’ve got lovely neighbours…. ok we’re biased as they are family 😉

My Dad and Stepmum have joined us in their Hymer to celebrate their retirement and have a general post lockdown face to face catch-up.

We arrived mid afternoon to a very friendly and Covid safe check in and before long we had set up and were off to try a couple at the local pub; the Waterton Arms. Sadly COVID restrictions meant that their kitchen was not open, but luckily we were able to order a delivery to the site from nearby The Iron Horse Ranch House which was delicious!

Saturday soon arrived with a terrible forecast ahead, but not ones to let this affect our plans we had a bacon sandwich, got our wet weather gear on and made our way into Market Deeping.

You could be mistaken for thinking we’d arrived into the Cotswolds; the Georgian architecture was lovely and there were some really interesting buildings including the village cross which had a jail in the base; a lovely church, huge manor houses etc etc. We made a stop at Grasmere Farm butchers where we picked up some meats for dinner after, and tried a quick drink in the courtyard behind The Bull.

This point marked the start of the walk that I had prepared for us; a 5.5mile circular walk along the Stamford Canal to West Deeping and then back along the very picturesque River Welland.

We had a refreshment stop at The Red Lion in West Deeping which had a very lovely looking menu including local sausages from the butchers we’d visited- however sadly they were not serving until the insides reopen. Which was a shame as we were starting to feel peckish!

Our walk back to Market Deeping was picturesque and we saw numerous wildlife such as herons and egrets- and a beautiful swan protecting her eggs high upon her nest.

On arrival to the campsite we learned our 5.5mile walk was actually 9.5 miles- whoops; someone hadn’t considered the walk to the start of the walk! 🙋‍♀️

Dad settled in to watch the FA Cup final whilst Jenny, Keith and I prepared dinner; a bbq serving steak and sausages from the local butchers and the tastiest burger we’ve ever had; a beef and Stilton burger- my oh my it was AMAZING.

We managed to eat just in time before the heavens opened, so we ended up having an earlish night which was well needed- the walk on top of a very busy working week took it out of us.

Sunday dawned all too soon, and after a bit of excitement as we purchased something VERY exciting that will certainly enhance future trips – more on this another time- and a fry up; it was time to say our farewells. The weather gods had been on our side and we enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine as we relaxed this morning.

We’d had a great weekend – this was more about catching up than seeing the area however we all agreed that Market Deeping was a nice place to explore. We HIGHLY recommend a visit to Grasmere Farm butchers for your local meat fix. Our walk was really enjoyable – West Deeping was especially pretty.

Until next time

Lx

Adventures in Lincolnshire – our first out of Lockdown

Ruby the VW Campervan is parked up at Hilltop Farm, CL (a caravan and motorhome club 5 van site) just on the outskirts of Saltfleet. Hilltop Farm is an adults only site and one in which we carefully selected as we mulled over our return to the big wide world following the COVID lockdown period. We were desperate to get out and about but carried nerves having been very cautious for the past 3 months. We decided to pick a site that had no facilities other than electric and emptying and this way we would be completely reliant on our own on board facilities.

We also wanted somewhere grassy to try out our new tailgate awning. This is going to double as our shower room and also will help air the van out during hot summer nights.

On route to Saltfleet, we made a (pre booked) stop off at Gunby Hall, a National Trust estate and gardens. Its always a treat to find dog friendly gardens to peruse, and this is one of them! The walled gardens were absolutely stunning. We really loved our visit here, and were pleased that the rain stopped literally as we pulled into the car park. The hydrangeas were just spectacular. If you are local to here or passing – its well worth a visit. I’d actually go as far as saying I’d make a special journey just to see these beautiful gardens.

We arrived at Hilltop Farm to a friendly welcome from the owners and pitched up sideways alongside the dyke- a rare treat for us as VW owners. The moment we finished our set up – which took a little longer this time as we had to remember how to get the new awning working – the heavens opened and we found ourselves in the middle of a huge thunderstorm. I ended up napping for an hour whilst it the storm passed over, but thankfully it cleared up to a dry evening although we decided not to cook outside as there were ominous clouds hovering! We were treated to a lovely sunset however and we enjoyed a little wander around the perimeter of the site – and even a little look in the nature hide over looking the surrounding fields.

Saturday dawned much brighter, and we enjoyed a bacon butty for breakfast. There really isn’t anything better than campsite smells on a Saturday morning – I believe every single van chose to cook bacon and the smell was immense. We were enjoying being side on to the pitch as the views were lovely – but it did compromise our privacy a touch so Keith put both our windbreaks up.

We were particularly pleased with our new tailgate awning, as we were able to lock the boot yet leave the awning pegged in in position which cleared up our worries of ” are we going to have to leave the van open”. Answer “No” – phew!

We went on a great walk – taken from the Country walking magazine routes – direct from our campsite. The route took us along the dykes and down to Saltfleetby Sand Dunes, where we almost got attacked by a horse- true story – and had to do an emergency hop over the fence to safety! We enjoyed a walk along the coastal path all the way back to Saltfleet and out through the absolutely horrific (IMO) static caravan park (Sorry I can’t stand them and this one was really really hemmed in..) to the New Inn, which was a really interesting building – it looked like an Old Mill, but inside it had been turned into a modern sports bar type place. Still – we were starving and decided to have a pizza for lunch here, which was actually really nice and dirt cheap!

After our walk, which turned out to be almost 6 miles long, we had a big relax on site, we even napped again – this was a treat before Keefy fired up the BBQ. It was a beautiful evening and we sat out until late playing monopoly and watching the barn owl(s) hunt for their dinner.

Sunday morning soon came round, and we packed up Ruby with an audience- everyone was sat outside their units watching intently. Thats our pet hate – even if I’m sure I’m do the same! 😉

We waved goodbye to Hilltop Farm and made our way to the Lincolnshire Wolds. We stopped at Tealby, which is apparently the most pictureqesue village in the Wolds. We absolutely agree, it was beautiful – charming and quaint – with rolling hills surrounding it. 1 in 8 of the buildings are listed and the village school even has a Victorian copy of a hammer beam roof. The stonework on the buildings is lovely sandstone and, as a complete surprise we managed to find the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire hidden within the village too. What more could we ask for; history and a beer garden!

After a quick drink we moved on towards Old Bolingsbroke – home to the ruins of the castle in which Henry IV was born in. Despite being a site of ruins, there was a very good artistic impression of what the castle would have looked like in its day – something like a traditional fairytale castle with beautiful white exterior and rounded towers, with the entire castle sat within a moat. The moat still remains, as does the foundations and actually some really well preserved sections. We throughly enjoyed our visit here and again would recommend a stop here if you’re in the area.

We were going to have a picnic within the castle walls but we couldn’t get parked near enough so left the grub in the fridge and after our walk to the castle and back found the highest point of the Wolds and a convenient lay-by for us to turn into a picnic area where we enjoyed lunch before making our way back to Norfolkshire..

Lunch Views

We’d had a lovely mini break and are looking forward to some more of the same over the coming weeks. We’ve decided we are going to remain in the UK and take short breaks for this summer in a bid to be cautious.

We enjoyed the views in the Lincolnshire Wolds

I will do a full product review of the Tailgate awning and solar shower next week – We’ve just ordered another gadget to add too and will do a round up of them all together!

Until next time

Lx