writing it up

A first trip with my e-bike to the coast. Beginning to think about the process of recording and reflecting for this project of ‘Place-faithful’


Withernsea lighthouse from Hull Road (B1362)


Wednesday 24th June 2020 was all about learning to ride my new e bike and seeing the North Sea. I do not recall when I last visited the coast. It was before lockdown, but beyond that my memory fails me. Now thunderstorms are distracting me. I keep stopping the writing to sit and wait with a camera. Sitting in an open doorway to the outside. Perhaps I will capture lightning on video.  No, not this time. It was a short-lived storm, but welcome drenching and it sounded marvellous. I can smell wood-wet decking and patio furniture. Dampness smells renewable and restorative this evening. Back to the field notes which I did not take on the day. Instinctively I know I should have made some observations rather than relying on memory augmented by photographs. The ride itself concerned me. Would I manage to get there and back? Would I manage the terrain? Would I sort out the gears and the electric motor? The route is settled, going to Withernsea is straight forward and we set off at 10 am for the Hull to Withernsea railway trail. 


blue bridge over the rail freight line (The Joint Dock Junction Railway)

This is where we join the track bed of the now defunct Hull to Withernsea Railway. I have not (yet) the discipline to separate social and place photographs and as this ride was less about the land and more about the cycling I have a collection of views that have little to reflect on. It did establish that I have no grasp of the branches and spurs of the railways that criss-cross Hull.


It was a good ride. We returned by road through Roos and Bilton. On the journey a number of signposts caught my attention and I felt need to consult maps when I got home. In future I will divide Holderness into areas to examine more closely. The major think I noticed was how may undulating hills I cycled. I always think of the Holderness plain was flat. It may not have mountains but the heights are brilliant for free-wheeling down.