Quaker graves in Burton Wood.
One of the many paths in Burton Wood.
One of the few field paths used today in order to link the Burton Walk and the Wirral Way.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.4 miles. Climb: 338'.
Time: 3 hours 47 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, David S. and Phil.
The forecast for today suggested that the temperatures wouldn't get above about 5 Celsius, so we all made sure that we had our warm Winter gear on, including in some cases thermals to keep out the cold. Alas it seemed much warmer than that and after lunch I left my jacket in my rucksack for the rest of the walk.
We had our usual challenge in Burton Wood trying to find the right paths described in the walk description. at least this time we did get to Mill Lane!
Lunch was taken in Stanley Park, Neston, where Fran managed to find two park benches for us to have lunch in comfort. Phil kindly provided us with mince pies in celebration of his recent birthday. Thanks Phil, for most of us it was our first mince pie of this festive period.
It was good to see that the scaffolding holding up the front of the former Mostyn School has been removed and Parkate's front is back to what it should look like.
As usual the section adjacent to the reedbeds heading towards the Old Quay was muddy, but David S was still able to keep his new gaiters clean!
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, European robin, Great tit, House sparrow Common starling, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Mallard, Lapwing, Hen harrier, Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail and Goldfinch.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, whereTrappers Hat and other brews were sampled.