|From:||Old Clee (TA288081)|
|Distance:||24.4 miles (39.3 km)|
|Meets:||A46, A1098, A1104|
|Old route now:||A180|
|Route outline (key)|
Old Clee - Mablethorpe
The road starts at a roundabout on the A46 in Old Clee, to the west of Cleethorpes. It heads south, with houses on the left and open fields on the right, to cross the A1098 at another roundabout. The road then becomes fully urban for the first time as it enters Humberston. It turns right at a roundabout to resume its southerly course to run through the village centre. After a couple of zigzags the road reaches open country and continues south across the fields on a winding, largely flat route.
A dead-straight section leads into Tetney where a few sharp - and unexpected - bends take the road through the village. A drain (we're on the edge of the Fens) is crossed and a few straight sections punctuated with sharp bends take us over the disused Louth Canal and past North Cotes before a right-hand bend takes us into Marshchapel.
The road then heads roughly southeastwards (with the usual sharp bends) through the next village, Grainthorpe, with the occasional drain crossed en route, before a very sharp bend in Conisholme leads to us running northwards for a short distance. After turning eastwards once more we pass through North Somercotes, the largest place on the road south of Cleethorpes. After passing a caravan park we reenter open country.
We're now only a short distance from the coast, although as the terrain is so flat the sea is still invisible. However, we skirt the edge of the sand dunes to reach Saltfleet which almost manages to be a coastal village - it does have a road called Sea Lane. On the far side of town the road crosses a drain before running parallel to another, still skirting the edge of the dunes with the sea still invisible. The road then zigzags inland for a few hundred yards before the drain is crossed and a few more bends lead to Threddlethorpe St Helen.
Just visible behind the trees to the left is the Threddlethorpe Gas Terminal and we pass its access road before an unclassified road heads off left towards the coast and the northern edge of Mablethorpe. We continue south for about another mile before ending on the A1104 to the west of town.
In 1922, the A1031 followed the coast between Grimsby and Cleethorpes, where it ended on the A1030 (now A46). It was soon extended south (after a short useless multiplex with the A1030) along the B1198 to meet the A1098 on the edge of town. It was not extended further (still along the B1198) to the western side of Mablethorpe until the 1950s. With the building of the A180, the northern, original, section of the A1031 was taken over by that road, although this section of road was not upgraded and remains the only unimproved section of A180.