Walking along the beach from Leasowe to New Brighton
Fort Perch Rock and its Lighthouse.
Emerging from Ditton Lane Nature Reserve.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb:216'.
Time: 4 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil, Sylvia and Dave J., Celia, Carol, Sue and Michel, Gordon and Annie H.
Yet another great day for a walk along the coast, not quite shorts weather, but getting close! We even had warm sunshine during the middle part of the walk, including lunchtime, taken in Vale Park.
On the outward route we took advantage of the low position of the tide, and had a very pleasant and delightful walk along the beach from Leasowe to Fort Perch Rock. The return route involved walking along the promenade as the tide rapidly came in after lunch. We finished the walk with a little detour to Ditton Nature Reserve, not the best of reserves path wise, but at least we added a few more birds to our list. What a joy it was at the start when two Skylarks greeted us as we arrived at the car park at Leasowe Lighthouse. This was the first time that we have heard a Skylark on a walk this year and they were still singing when we arrive back at the car at the end of the walk.
Birds seen or heard today included: Shelduck, Mute swan, Mallard, Little egret, Lapwing, Purple sandpiper, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Littlel gul, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Pied wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Song thrush, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Blue tit, Great tit, Black-billed magpie, Great cormorant, Carrion crow, Starling, House sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Winter wren, Dunnock and Long-tailed tit..
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby where Brimstage Trappers Hat Bitter quenched our thirst nicely (for some of us at least)!