June 2012 - Pinchbeck & Surfleet
From the Ship at Pinchbeck Rodney led the walkers crossing the Glen, then along Herring Lane (nearby Burtey Fen has restored / preserved cinema organs etc. where recitals are periodically held), shortly turning right over the railway line just past Healy's field.
Crossing the Glen again at the Flaxmill, which was in operation until just after the war, flax being grown in the area so they could harvest the seeds. When the mill closed the building was used by the Electricity Board as a depot. It now houses small business units. The Mermaid Inn, Surfleet, was soon reached where thirsty imbibers took their pints to the beer garden. The Bass, unfortunately, was found not to be on top form.
Afterwards we returned to the Ship along the banks of the Glen where the footpath has a sign indicating that Pinchbeck Station (long gone) is one and three-quarter miles from the Mermaid. The Ship is a thatched pub which of late was owned by a pubco but is now believed to be a free house. Woodforde's Wherry was on, but due to its condition eventually changed and proved a better pint. Also on was Adnam's bitter. An enjoyable carvery lunch ensued.
Thanks to Heather & Rodney for organising and leading the walk.