Development Progress Newsletter
It’s been pretty muddy on site. February seems to have been non-stop rain, snow, freezing sleet and more rain. However, the majority of the contractors have been beavering away on the interiors of the phase 1 lodges. When the winter sun has peeked out, it’s a stunning place to be; very peaceful, apart from the melodious bird-song all around – which we certainly don’t mind.
The gorgeous solid oak range of interior furniture has been finalised since the last newsletter, and I for one can’t wait to see a lodge fully fitted out. They are going to look amazing.
We have chosen the make of the river cruisers: the Viking boats are lovely little (well, 20ft) 4-berth vessels, ideal for pootling up and down the Ancholme and the Old River Ancholme. They have a full head height cabin (5’11’’) and 15hp outboard motor. Th e cockpit accommodates enough seating for those relaxing evenings with a glass of wine and a view of the picturesque surroundings. The vessels have been manufactured in a little boatyard in Essex since 1970. Phase 1 should be occupied by the time you get the next newsletter – exciting times!
Normanby Hall Country Park
This beautiful 350-acre estate set in the heart of North Lincolnshire is just 12 miles away from the Brigg lodges’ development. Open to the public every day of the year, the estate offers award winning gardens, exciting events and a Farming Museum open throughout the summer. This classic English mansion was built between 1825 & 1830 for the Sheffield family, whose titles include the Duke of Buckingham, the Duke of Normandy and the Sheffield baronets. This beautiful estate is now in the care of the North Lincolnshire Council and is now known as a country park. This is a beautiful place to visit with the restored Victorian walled garden, the duck ponds, an amazing deer sanctuary, stunning fishing lake, miniature railway and a stable yard. You can really make the most of your time here and even if you are taking the children, there is so much for everyone to enjoy.
River Anchome: Bishops Bridge to Ferriby Lock
For the fisherman amongst us, the river stocks an abundance of bream, carp tench, perch, pike and roach. Rising at Ancholme Head and flowing east to Bishopbridge, the river measures 32.2 kilometres and has been used by humans since 800 BC. This river is used as an important drainage channel for the north of Lincolnshire, however, now it is used for leisure. Many people enjoy boating, rowing, canoeing and fishing up and down the river daily. One interesting fact about Anchome is that it is home to two historic boats: one that is owned by the Humber Keel and another by Sloop Preservation Society. Day and season tickets are available with disabled facilities. Tackle can be locally purchased at Brigg Angling, DN20 8NW. Telephone 01652 651650.
For more information contact Mike Storey of Scunthorpe and District Angling Association.
Located 30 metres away from the beautiful lodge site is Brigg Marina. This stunning Marina has 60 berths ready for the mooring of any boat between 30 & 75 feet. Currently the Marina is awaiting the new facilities of a guest reception, a small boathouse café, bar & restaurant, which will be serving great food with beautiful views and a great opportunity to socialise whilst taking in the country scenery. You are already welcome to use the WIFI access that the marina has to offer as well as the laundry room, and toilet and washroom facilities. Brigg Marina brings an idyllic route to explore the River Ancholme, as well as South Ferriby & the Humber. These routes all connect to wider rivers and open up into nationwide canal networks. You will be able to rent out our very own boats for your day trips to explore the stunning surroundings of this countryside.
Dog Friendly Places
With a number of lodges available for your well behaved four-legged friends, the surrounding areas have a mesmerising scenery and idyllic walking routes a little further out, if you wish to take a trip further than just the marina and lodge site.
With a run of 147 miles, Viking Way is one of the beautiful walks to try which is located between Humber Bridge and Oakham. This long distance walk officially opened in 1976 and is designated as part of the European long distance path. Viking Way gets its name from the Viking evidence of early settlements that the route passes. In the 9th century the country was hugely influenced by the Vikings and you will see many prehistoric settlements which were established on land in and around the Lincolnshire Woods.
If you would like to try a shorter distance walk, then Brigg to Brickyard Lane is a leisurely 1 to 1 hour 30-minute walk. At a 2.8-mile distance, you will pass many pubs, cafes, snack bars and takeaway facilities where you will be able to have a refreshment and a spot of lunch. Even before starting this route why not pass through the market place and see if anything catches your eye.
Apart from the two routes mentioned above, there are many more walking routes available to you around the area.
Visit http://northlincs.gov.uk for more detailed information on different routes, information and maps.
Hot Tub & Decking Installation
This is already underway with Luxury Sundecks, part of The Mayfield Group UK, supplying and installing both the decking and the beautiful Urban Cedar Sport Base hot tubs. This is an example of their previous work, which is to a very high standard. For more information on their services, you can contact Luxury Sundecks Ltd on 01754 800076 or visit www.deckme.co.uk.
The Furniture Centre are designing, supplying and installing the full range of oak furniture into the lodges as we write this. It will finish off the lodges beautifully, ready for opening. For more information on their services, you can visit www.thefurniturecentre.com, call 01536 414121 or email email@example.com.