The earliest record of Hatcliffe is found in the Domesday Survey when the land, then called Hadeclive, was given by the William the Conqueror to Earl Alain of Britanny. It is described as "A soke in Waltham". The village is set in a picturesque valley on the eastern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is 8 miles SW of Grimsby, 5 miles from Waltham station, and 6 miles east of Caistor. Here is a map of the area. Map
From London to Hatcliffe (by car) get onto the A1 road to Newark and then onto the A46 to Lincoln, continue on the A46 as far as Swallow, turn off for Beelsby and Hatcliffe. Or you could go by train from London to Lincoln or Grimsby, where you could rent a car for a day. This would give you a chance to explore the area bit more. It's about an hours to drive to Hatcliffe from Lincoln. A little less from Grimsby, but Grimsby is on the coast and further from London than Lincoln.
You might like to have a look at the village now and take a stroll
around, where you will see the old school house. The ancient water mill.
And the beautiful Norman Church with its Effigy of Sir William Hatcliffe.