This is Post 1000!
Two for sale in Willaston or can I see third?
Anywhere will do for lunch - after the first place was rejected by the "leader"!
Lunch time with seating if desired.
Happily standing in field after just escaping from what appeared to be the longest muddiest path on the Wirral!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.4 miles. Climb: 233'.
Time: 3 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, David S., Wendy, Tim, Paul and Phil.
The forecast was cold and dry in the morning with the likelihood of rain after 13-00. They were pretty well spot on, the wind was so cold I even had to put a hat on to keep my ears warm and it started to rain just after lunch at about 12-45.
After leaving the village of Willaston with its few interesting old buildings, there wasn't a lot to make you want to linger any spot for any length of time. There were very few birds around to stop and look at and photo opportunities were rare.
At the end of School Lane from Raby to Willaston, I didn't look at the map, spotted a "red blob" on the footpath opposite and headed in that direction. Alas it wasn't our "red blob" and we had to resort to the map to get back on track!
Lunch was taken just outside Willaston taking advantage of the wall around the tree just after the Mill.
After lunch Paul decided that the school run beckoned and declined the challenge of the mud run which was successfully completed by the rest of us including Wendy!
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Black-headed gull, Herring gull and House sparrow.
We arrived back at the car with the rain still falling and agreeing that perhaps the next time we do this walk we should try it at a time in the year when the chances of a muddy experience was less likely!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby where Purple Moose "Maddog Ale" went down well andthe roaring log fire was much appreciated.