Lincoln Castle, Steep Hill, High Bridge and Brayford Pool

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I’m sure that, at least briefly, I was almost up to date for a moment; now I seem to be woefully far behind. Queue a hasty sequence of mainly photo based posts.  So anyway, the last day of our post-Easter trip to Lincoln was spent in Lincoln itself.

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The castle has recently re-opened after a refurbishment.

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It was a lovely sunny day and actually warm, which seems hard to believe now in snowy June. The castle was very busy. Apparently it has been hugely popular since it reopened.

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And why not? The walls are not especially tall, but the views from them are magnificent.

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Lincoln has very few tall buildings, so the Cathedral tends to dominate the view. The only competition comes from this water tower…

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…built in the early part of the twentieth century in response to an outbreak of cholera. And then there is a windmill, which we have yet to visit.

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Maybe next time.

Within the castle walls there is a working court (the far building), and a former, Victorian prison (on the left here).

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More of which has been opened to the public than previously.

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We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the grounds of the castle and then had a stroll down Steep Hill (I think, officially, Castle Hill).

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My Dad, who has thoroughly researched both his own family tree and my Mum’s, tells me that some of my ancestors lived in this house on the left….

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Down in the town, we had some book tokens to spend, well the kids did anyway, and some sight seeing to do.

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This is Stoke’s Coffee shop, which sits on….

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…High Bridge. The shops are relatively recent, only built in 1550, whereas the bridge is around 400 years older.

A flotilla of swans came flooding from Brayford Pool onto the River Witham…

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I think that some of them had been paid to pose for the tourists.

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Brayford Pool.

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After a preposterously huge Chinese buffet, we headed back up the hill to the environs of the Cathedral.

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Lincoln Castle, Steep Hill, High Bridge and Brayford Pool

Donna Nook

 

Whilst visiting my parents in Lincolnshire, we took a trip out to the coast, to a reserve (and bizarrely bombing range) where Grey Seals pup and then mate. This photo (heavily cropped) shows the only pup born so far this year (on the right). Last year around 1200 were born there. In around a month there will be thousands of seals on the beach at Donna Nook, but it’s early in the season – I counted 37 at present. The females come onto the beach to give birth and then to feed the pups until they are ready to take to the water. The males come to mate with the females once they have given birth – they take no part in raising the pup. The really striking thing about the seals was how big they are – and how quickly they could move about the beach. I’m guessing that the seal in the middle here is a male and the one on the left is the pups mother, but I could be wrong.

If you are in the Cleethorpes area in the near future I would recommend a visit, but – the car park is very small, the roads are very minor single track lanes and the reserve is quite a draw – if you can go midweek I suspect your visit will be a lot less stressful.

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