EASTERN PROM­ISE

Skeg-ve­gas, Bos­ton and more...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - by Justin Hayzelden

Stretch­ing from The Wash to the Hum­ber es­tu­ary, the Lin­colnshire coast can be con­sid­ered some­what off the beaten track; though its sea­side towns bus­tle with tourists at the peak of sum­mer, the off sea­son can be sur­pris­ingly quiet and there­fore an ideal time to en­joy its roads.

This spe­cial ride rolls out of Bos­ton and traces a me­an­der­ing course north, zigzag­ging up the coast to the prom­e­nade at Cleethor­pes. The clos­est fill­ing sta­tion to the start is on the dual car­riage­way sec­tion of the A52 through town; it’s ac­tu­ally on the wrong side, so will in­volve a loop be­tween round­abouts be­fore head­ing to the start point at Bur­ton Cor­ner.

The first half of this route is all A52, which makes di­rec­tions easy – just fol­low the signs, mak­ing sure you start off in the di­rec­tion of Wain­fleet. The ter­rain is gen­er­ally flat and rather fea­ture­less, but that only serves to en­hance the ‘big sky’ sen­sa­tion of free­dom – the open road, the fields flash­ing by – this ride is all about the sheer plea­sure of be­ing on two wheels.

Af­ter 20 miles or so Skeg­ness will present sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to top up your tank if needed, just bear in mind that it will be busy on high days and hol­i­days. Once clear of car­a­vans and camp­sites, how­ever, the A52 shakes off ur­ban re­stric­tions and gets its twist back on. Thanks to the un­clut­tered land­scape most of its smooth curves of­fer a clear line of sight and, although there’s noth­ing par­tic­u­larly tight or tech­ni­cal, it will take some ef­fort to sup­press a grin.

The A52 ter­mi­nates at Mablethorpe, which also hap­pens to be a good place for a pad­dle if you’re so in­clined – although mainly hid­den by sea de­fences, there’s 30-odd miles of sandy beaches along this award­win­ning coast­line. Turn left onto the High Street (or right to stop off at the seafront) and fol­low the A1104 to­wards Al­ford, but keep an eye out for the A1031/grimsby right turn as you leave town. This next sec­tion runs as a flat tar­mac snake across the fens and fea­tures some fab­u­lous turns; it jinks be­tween the dykes and drains to re­veal sharp 90 de­gree cor­ners, chal­leng­ing dou­ble S-bends and long, lazy curves.

At Cleethor­pes take the third exit marked Town Cen­tre/a1098, which leads to the prom­e­nade and great sea views. Mo­tor­cy­cles park for free by the pier and there are of plenty of places to grab an ice cream or a brew – the Hawai­ian Eye café dead op­po­site is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with bik­ers, es­pe­cially at week­ends, and makes a fit­ting spot to kick back and re­flect be­fore de­cid­ing on where to go next.

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