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, 15 January 2015

A Leasowe and New Brighton Experience 15th January 2015

Heading along the coast towards Leasowe Lighthouse and New Brighton.
Ringed plover.
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.

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