St Nicholas's Church, Burton with its unusual one-handed clock face.
Walk stats: Distance:10.3 miles, Climb:150'.
Time: 4 hours 42 minutes; On the move walking average:2.7 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Annie H., Sue and Michel, Fran and Tito, Phil, Sylvia, Dave J. and Georgie the Jack Russell.
Good numbers for a walk on a day when the forecast was for rain and strong winds. It did rain before lunch, but not that much, and it was warm enough to get a way with shorts, but alas I listened to the weather forecasters and decided to wear my Paramos!
Our first place of call was St Nicholas's Church, Burton with its unusual one-handed clock face, and a bonus was being able to see inside the church as it was open for church members getting it ready for the Remembrance day Service.
We arrived out of Burton Wood, and mis-read the walk description and turned right instead of left and had a slight deviation through Haddon Wood.
After a couple of miles or so along the Wirral Way and rain seeming to thwart any idea of a lunch stop, we emerged out of the Neston Cut to blue skies and sunshine. Lunch was enjoyed on "seats" under shelters in Stanley Park. Fortunately we didn't have to watch any teenagers showing their skills on roller boards!
While a few members decided to go to the PC down the road, the rest of the group had a rest on the front at Parkgate and were entertained by Tito wrapping up what to some seemed liked an endless piece of string emerging from the marshes. What he would do with this string leaves much to the imagination, but at least it no longer littered this area of Parkgate!
The remaining part of the walk followed the shore-line along a well defined footpath, muddy at times!
A wildfowler was seen setting out onto the estuary, but thankfully we didn't hear ant gunfire!
Birds seen or heard today included:Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Blue tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Teal, Wigeon, Curlew, Black-headed gull, Blackbird, Long-tailed tit, Pied wagtail, Common starling and Mute swan.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf in Ness, where Thwaites' special Remembrance Day brew was enjoyed by at least two members of the group. Tito even sampled a glass of wine from near his home village in Italy, he didn't comment on its quality!