Heading along the coast towards Leasowe Lighthouse and New Brighton.
Blowing in the wind!
The only boat we saw leaving the Mersey.
The way head to Fort Perch Rock.
The galleon art made mainly from drift wood.
Liverpool Pier head from our lunch spot.
Common redshank and Turnstone on the pontoon at New Brighton Marine lake.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 150' at a guess (1883' wind assisted on the GPS!).
Time: 4 hours 40 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Wendy, Celia, Tim and Phil.
We were expecting it to be a little breezy with the possibility of showers, especially around mid-day. Thankfully it was sunny throughout and stroll along the beach was quite pleasant as the wind helped us on our way. There was plenty of birds for me to see and photograph, which meant that it wasn't long before the rest of the group were several hundred yards away!
At times the wind gusted to over 20 m.p.h., creating a sand storm that raced across the beach.
Lunch was taken near Victoria Park at New Brighton, where we could seats in a shelter enabled us to keep out of the wind and at the same time look across the Mersey towards Liverpool.
The return journey back towards Leasowe became quite a challenge as for nearly four miles we were heading directing into a gale that seemed quite a lot stronger than the one that had assisted us in the morning. There wasn't much lingering done on the way back!
We were quite grateful to get back to the start and sit out of the wind in the car.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common starling, Common blackbird, Dunnock, Eurasian curlew, Lapwing, Ringed plover, Oystercatcher, Common redshank, Turnstone, Dunlin, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Common gull, Great cormorant, Lesser black-backed gull and Great black-backed gull.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf Inn at Raby. Trappers Hat went down well as did several others tried various members of the group.