Negotiating a muddy coastal section on the way to Neston Old Quay.
On the coastal path from Neston Old Quay, heading towards Denhall Quay.
The history of Neston Coal Quarries around East of the Denhall Quay and the Harp Inn.
Denhall Quay with Moel Famau in the distance.
Walk stats: 6.1 miles. Climb: 323'.
Time: 2 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie H., Sue and Michel, David S. Sue and Dave P.
A later start than usual and a shorter walk too, but in reality this was just what was needed for the first walk in 2013. The weather was kind too, our only complaint was that we completed the circuit in a direction that meant that the Sun was in our eyes for most of the coastal part of the walk. I suppose it gave us a good excuse to stop frequently and look along the coast back towards Parkgate.
This was a popular day for walking and there was at least half a dozen people out on the marshes, an area that I thought was a no go zone except for Wildfowlers, and these didn't look like Wildfowlers!
The inland route was largely new territory too me, but it eventually brought us back you the Wirral Way, and a chance to say goodbye to all the muddy sections experienced earlier!
As it was much shorter than usual, I hadn't anticipated stopping for lunch, except for a short stop for a drink and a piece of the usual fruit cake proved by you know who. The rest of the group thought otherwise, and and insisted on a proper lunch break, which were were able to do just after mid-day, when we came across a couple of picnic tables about two miles short of getting back to the cars.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Architect in Chester, where we were joined by Fran and Tito, Wendy who had phones us earlier to tell us that the car park at the Architect was full.
The pub was very full, and we managed to find a sheltered table on the garden terrace, basking in the warm sunshine quaffing Brimstage, Sandpiper Ale.
Birds seen or heard today included: Little egret, Black-headed gull, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Blue tit, European robin, Jackdaw, Black-billed magpie, Grey wagtail and Eurasian curlew.
Overall a perfect start to our walking in 2013.