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, 14 January 2016

A Leasowe to New Brighton Round 14th January 2016

"Is this really what we want to be doing ?"
or
Enjoying a stroll on the beach, heading towards Fort Perch Rock.
Looking Northwards from the beach at Leasowe.
A large container ship heading for Seaforth docks on the incoming tide.
Now that's a better looking sky! Looking back towards Leasowe lighthouse.
Leasowe lifeguard lookout tower on the left of the picture.
The Seaforth to Liverpool skyline with the new container port cranes dominating the view.
Fort Perch Rock and Lighthouse with Formby beach in the distance.
New Anfield under construction.
Black Pearl as good as it has ever been.
All aboard the Black Pearl.
Looking towards the stern of the Black Pearl.
A few of the birds on the pontoon at New Brighton Marine Lake.
Waves crashing over the sea walls at New Brighton.
More waves crashing over the sea wall.
Rough seas!
Walkstats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb: about 100' (2002' if you believed the GPS win assisted reading!).
Time: 4 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.8 .p.h. Overall walk average: 2.4 m.p.h. Group: Martyn, Annie, Phil and Paul. Fran and a friend with aher collie Rosie joined us for part of the walk.
The forecast was for dry weather, 24 m.p.h. winds and temperatures feeling like -2 Celsius. Thankfully it never felt as cold as that, but gloves were still needed! After about twenty minutes of Walking the Sun came out and we had blue skies over us, even if Lancashire didn't look as though it was being as lucky with the weather. 
 The incoming tide was getting a little close, so we prudently climbed up to the promenade at the last set of steps before the final stretch of beach towards Fort Perch Rock.
 We saw plenty of ships heading out of Liverpool on the rising tide, but alas we didn't see a ship at the new mega container ship dock or the huge cranes being used.
 The drift wood pirate ship was still present and looked to be better than ever.
 Lunch was taken in one of the wind shelters adjacent to New Brighton Marine Lake. Unfortunately we only had views of the Floral Pavilion and the road, but at least we were sheltered from the wind and bathed in warm sunshine.
 The return route along the promenade back to Leasowe presented a different challenge than the sand storm encountered last year. This time it was the waves crashing over the sea wall that forced us to walk on the path on the other side of the road (about 50 yards away from the wall) to avoid getting wet. It didn't stop us getting sprayed every now and then and our glasses getting a deposit of salt on the lenses as the sea water evaporated.
 Approaching the golf course we bumped in to Fran who was walking with a friend and her dog. We nearly walked straight past them as the bright sun in our eyes made it very difficult to see ahead, we should have worn sunglasses!
 Birds seen o heard today included: Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Common starling, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Common redshank, Great cormorant, Turnstone and Purple sandpiper.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a good walk, watching waves crashing onto the shore and over the sea defences is always special, providing you don't get wet!
 On this occasion we didn't call in at a local hostelry (nothing to do with the governments new advisory limit on alcohol intake)  and were back home before 15-00.

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