Our first view of the war Memorial on Grange Hill.
At the trig point on Grange Hill.
Time for fruit cake and drinks at red Rocks.
Nearly there, approaching West Kirby.
Walk stats: distance: 6.8 miles. Climb: 968'.
Time: 3 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Sue and Michel, David S., Wendy, Mike, Carole H., Sue and Dave P., Fran and Tito.
Light rain being the best we could expect as we set off, heading for Grange Hill, as the beach route to Red Rocks may have been cut off by the incoming tide, and the best option was to complete the walk in the an anticlockwise direction. Thankfully the rain eased off and we arrived at the top of Grange Hill without getting too wet.
A short extension to Gilroy Nature Reserve wasn't too productive, and the much hoped for Hide didn't materialise.
Four of the group decided to take a short cut back to the car after reaching the railway line by the golf course, and the rest of the group headed through the Royal Liverpool Golf Course and followed the blue line on the way to Red Rocks.
Refreshments were taken at Red Rocks where we sheltered amongst the rocks. We saw magnificent flights of waders, mainly Knot and Dunlin.
The final part of the walk along the beach back to West Kirby was quite pleasant after the five minute rain shower, heading in to a breeze that dried most of our gear by the time we reached the car.
Overall a good walk to start the New Year off.
Birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, Black-headed gull, Wood pigeon, Common redshank, Knot, Dunlin, Moorhen, Shoveler, Mallard and Moorhen.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the delightful Wheatsheaf at Raby, where you can always expect a warm welcome in every sense of the word. Trapper Hat was the refreshing pint of choice, although there were at least five others on offer.