About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Leasowe Lighthouse to New Brighton and Back 6th February 2014

Walking along the beach from Leasowe Lighthouse towards New Brighton.
One of the many small boats heading out to sea.
Approaching Fort Perch rock Lighthouse.
A message left by the remains of the "Pirates of New Brighton Galleon sculpture".
All that remains of "Pirates of New Brighton Galleon sculpture".
An old plane flying out along the Wirral Coast.
Walk stats: 10.7 miles. Climb: 195'.
Time: 4 hours 36 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel, Phil, Time and David S.
If the BBC weather forecast was correct, then we were hopeful that we would get away without rain, if Accuweather was correct then we could could expect to finish in the rain and we could expect to have lunch in the wind shelters at new Brighton Marine Lake.
Thankfully the "Beeb" got it right, and we only experienced a few a few spots or rain during the last half a mile.
 As we started at a different car park this time, we set towards the Lighthouse and then explored a new path that headed towards Hoylake. This proved a bonus as we heard and saw several singing Skylarks high up in the blue sky. Skylarks are always a joy to hear at any time of the year, but especially at this time of the year as they make you think of Spring.
 As it was low tide just as we started, we were able to enjoy walking along the beach almost all the way to Fort Perch Rock, without worrying too much about escaping from the incoming tide. 
 we decided to investigate the "Pirates of New Brighton Galleon sculpture", and how it had survived the many storms of the last few months. Alas only the flag poles seemed to have survived, it was good to see that plans are well advanced for it to be rebuilt when weather permits.
 As it was quite warm, and hardly any wind, we decided to take lunch in Wallasey Gardens Park, using several of the many park benches.
 The surprise of the day was to see an old plane with 4 propellers flying very low over the Mersey and out towards the North Sea.
 Not as many birds were seen today, but they included: Eurasian curlew, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Oystercatcher, Carrion crow, Common starling, Sanderling, Turnstone, Common redshank, Great cormorant, Feral pigeon, Pied wagtail, European robin, Common coot, Winter wren and Skylark.
  Overall a good walk, especially as our boots were still relatively clean, only requiring a little sand to be brushed off providing we had avoided stepping on any messages left by our canine friends!
 after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, where for once it was quite quiet. Brimstage, Trappers Hat was in particularly good nick, I weakened and had to have a takeaway!

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