Walk the England Coast Path – Skegness to Mablethorpe
Distance: 26.3 km
Ascent: 95 m
Time: 6 hours or so
Start and Finish: Skegness to Mablethorpe
A good choice of facilities at the numerous seaside resorts on the walk, but note that many will be seasonal and in the quieter sections may be closed in the off-season or run limited hours.
Keep an eye out for:
Clouds and the big skies.
The no 59 runs hourly buses between Skegness and Mablethorpe that also calls in at Sutton on Sea and Chapel St Leonards. Skegness has a railway station where you can catch a train to Boston.
Beaches and Places to see:
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Walk the England Coast Path – Skegness to Mablethorpe Details
The England Coast Path from Sunny Skeg to Mablethorpe is the first official section of the coastal path to open in Lincolnshire. Following the North Sea coast through numerous seaside resorts, including Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Anderby Creek, Sutton on Sea and finally Mablethorpe. Wide skies and sandy beaches all the way, with a Cloud Bar to observe the clouds at Anderby Creek.
Natural England have created a video of the section:
Walk the England Coast Path – Skegness to Mablethorpe Route Map and GPX Download
Skegness to Chapel St Leonards
From the seaside resort of Skegness, the England Coast Path heads along the prom, past numerous rides and amusements that you can try out if you wish. Of particular note is the pier, or what remains if it. One look at the map shows a pier that ends above the high water mark, which is indeed correct as it was largely destroyed in a storm in 1978.
There are endless caravans to accommodate the thousands who flock to the sandy beaches as the England Coast Path continues past Seathorne, Ingoldmells Point and on into Chapel St Leonards. You’ll pass the Fantasy Island theme park as well as the Butlins Holiday Park which was the first to be built in 1936.
Chapel St Leonards to Mablethorpe – The Coastal Country Park
The section from Chapel St Leonards onward is much quieter, especially along the Coastal Country Park between Chapel and Sutton on Sea. Chapel St Leonards is a small and well kept seaside resort, much quieter than those you’ve already passed. The Coastal Country Park is quiet and there are facilities all along the stretch at all the car parks, and the village of Anderby Creek also has cafe and pubs if you need them. The scenery continues to be low land and dunes, which is pretty much par for the course.
Keep an eye out for the Structures on the Edge (SOTE) art installations along the section which includes the Cloud Bar at Anderby Creek as well as the Salt Licks, The Sound Tower, Round and Round House and the Reflector. There are also a number of artistic beach huts known as the Bathing Beauties. One you won’t miss is the North Sea Observatory at Chapel Point, which is one place you must visit on this section.
The section ends at Mablethorpe, unceremoniously leaving the coast inland to finish at Mablethorpe North End. Follow the beach instead if you can! There’s a pub – The Ferry Boat Inn – that’s conveniently located at the finish.