Sunday November 19th
Starting point The Stockyard Truck Stop, ‘to the motors at 9:50’, leaving at 10:00, arrive earlier if you want a bacon buttie and/or a mug of tea.
The route will take us via Tickhill, Ranskill, Matterse, Gainsborough, Caenby Corner to Market Rasen, to The Willows Garden Centre LN8 2EG for a coffee and comfort stop, then its onto Binbrook, Ludborough and Covenham Reservoir, before reaching Donna Nook.
The field car park can be muddy, so wellie boots are advisable.
There are usually stalls close by selling refreshments, and fresh farm produce.
The Donna Nook Grey Seal Colony – Text courtesy Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Britain’s population of grey seals is considered to be of international conservation importance. Donna Nook is home to some 3000 Grey seals at certain times of the year, and in 2008 more than 1000 pups were born here.
For most of the year the Grey seals disperse out to sea or haul out around the coast. However from October – December the seals come to breed near the dunes at Donna Nook. Donna Nook is owned by the MOD as a bombing range. The seals seem remarkably undisturbed by the planes. The reserve covers more than 10 km (6.25 miles) of coastline.
Highlights: Grey seals dominate, but the dunes, mudflats and saltmarshes attract large numbers of birds, (Keith should be so lucky !!) and common lizards are also found here.
When visiting Donna Nook, for your own safety and to reduce disturbance to the seals, please follow this code:
Strictly observe all red flag and other bombing range warnings.
Don’t get too close to the seals.
Keep out of sanctuary areas.
Never feed or pet the seals – even pups can inflict a nasty bite!
No unaccompanied children.
Seals are pupping November to December.
We will then head for Lincoln via North Summercotes,Saltfleet,Manby, Louth (Bypass) Wragby, Lincoln (Bypass) to our mid afternoon meal stop at The Pyewipe Inn, Lincoln LN1 2BG
So our group can be served relatively quickly I need to pre order meals at The Pyewipe Inn, please have a look at their menu at https://pp.mx5oc.co.uk/Pyewipe_Menu_2017.pdf and forward your order to me on or before Friday evening, P&P members will have already received an order sheet, email me if you are joining us and require one
Without a pre order you may have to wait some considerable time to get your food
A route card will be added to the P&P events diary on Saturday
As usual members (and prospective members) are welcome to join or leave an any point, please let me know if you intend to do this so we are not waiting for you, and if you are leaving mid route, ensure that the cars behind know you are leaving the convoy, or you may find you have extra guests at your house for tea !!