Most of the walk.
Safely back on the promenade - the tide now up to the wall!
H.M.S Illustrious heading for Liverpool.
H.M.S Illustrious from New Brighton.
A different kind of boat under construction from flotsam.
Purple sandpipers, Turnstone and Common redshank on the pontoon in New Brighton marina.
The bird of the day - a Common scoter.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.0 miles. Climb: 150' (Wind assisted G.P.S gave 586').
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, David S., Phil, Sue and Dave P.
What a glorious day for a walk along the beach, sunshine all day. The sea seemed along way off, with high tide at 13-30, but we nearly got caught out as we approached New Brighton, but we manged to escape up steps, having had to retrace our steps to find a set of steps without a channel of water in front of them.
On the beach there were an impressive number of gulls, mainly Black-headed gull, Herring gull and Lesser black-backed gulls. However the bird of the day was undoubtedly a Common scoter, only 50 metres off the walk at high tide.
An unexpected bonus today was the sighting of H.M.S Illustrious as it headed for the Pier Head, Liverpool. We managed to watch it from the point where it was at sea in the distance, all the way in to Liverpool and Pier Head.
Lunch was taken at New Brighton, where there were plenty of benches to use and watch the Illustrious as she sailed past us up the River Mersey.
The return route was back along the promenade, but this time we had to head in to a stiff breeze, a little stronger than the forecast 10 m.p.h.!
Another feature of the day was the number of dogs being walked, must have been well over a hundred!
Birds seen or heard today included: Skylark, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gulls, Eurasian curlew, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Purple sandpiper, Great cormorant, Common redshank, Great black-backed gull, Oystercatcher and Common scoter.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, where Brimstage, Trappers hat went down well, and there is always a warm welcome.