The start of the walk, but alas no longer able to serving real ale or anything!
Looking from Connah's Quay Dock to the new Flint bridge.
What am I, any suggestions?
Hawden Bridge over the Dee.
Queensferry old bridge from Hawarden Bridge.
The blue road bridge over Welsh Road.
Self-portrait, never the best, but at least you can see I've crossed the blue bridge!
The way to the next bus stop, at Chester!
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 100'.
Time 3 hours 26 minutes. Overall walk average: 2.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn - Billy no-mates.
The weather forecast for today was superb, bright and sunny and temperatures in double figures. This was too much to miss, and I decided that I must go solo, and test drive my shorts for the first time this year! This I did and it proved a good decision, particularly after mid-day.
I decided to get the bus to Connah's Quay and return Chester via the cyclist No. 5 route as I have for a long time wanted to go over the blue bridge over Welsh Road. I have always admired this bridge on the many occasions that I have gone under it on my way to the Wirral, and planned that some day I would walk over it, today was that day!
This really was a pleasant stroll, despite the continued disturbance of the tranquillity by frequent cyclists and a couple of roller skiers!
Bird sng was in the air all day, and just after passing over the Dee on the Hawarden Bridge, I had the pleasure of hearing and seeing my first Chiffchaff of the year. By the time that I reached Blacon Station, they were two a penny, but still lovely to hear!
The surprise bird today was seeing a flock of Fieldfare, flitting between the trees along the track and adjacent fields near Saughall.
Birds seen or heard today included: Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Feral pigeon. Mallard, Great cormorant, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Goldfinch, Common teal, Greenfinch, Lesser black-backed gull, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Skylark, Song thrush, Winter wren, Fieldfare, Redwing, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Black-billed magpie, European robin and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Cross Quays in Chester, where the Joule's beers went down well, as did the Weston's perry!