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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Leasowe to New Brighton and Back 24th January 2018

Setting off along the beach to Fort Perch Rock.
Negotiating one of the many groynes.
Leaving Liverpool on the rising tide.
The lighthouse at Fort Perch Rock.
"What's this all about?"
A mermaid in New Brighton.
The Black Pearl - art getting better each time it is rebuilt.
The Liverpool skyline from the promenade near Vale Park, Wallasey.
One of the many Oystercatchers seen in the shores of the Mersey between Leasowe and New Brighton/Wallasey.
Common redshank on the pontoon in New Brighton Marine Lake.
Spot the Purple sandpiper.
Any excuse for a rest!
Battling against the "sand storm" on the way back to Leasowe.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: Wind assisted GPS reading of 1387', but more like 150'.
Time: 4 hours 4 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger, Mal, Jim, Mike, Fran and Sue Pearson.
The weather today turned out to be better than we dared to hope for - all of the morning rain had stopped by the time we had arrived at the start and we had mostly sunny spells for the rest of the walk. However the wind was a little on the strong side and in our face on our return, but at least it wasn't a cold wind.
 We started the walk o the beach, and thankfully were able to make it all the way to Fort Perch Rock and then onto to the Black Pearl built out of flotsam.
 Sue and Dave Pearson initially expected to walk, but Dave ended up on Grandpa duty when one of the grandchildren was unable to go to school. It was only after a mile or so when Sue's heal began to play up and she had to make an early return to her car.
 On our outward journey, we saw several large ships leaving Liverpool on the rising tide, but not everyone was convinced that they could see the Gormley Statues on the beach at Formby even with binoculars.
 Lunch was taken in Vale Park, Wallasey where there were abundant benches for us to choose from - enough for one each, but most of us shared!
 As we set off on our return to Leasowe, the high tide was just about at its highest, so most of the route was on the paths above the beach.
 We arrived back at the cars, having had a good walk with our faces feeling effects of exposure to the Sun and the wind ( with sand at times).
 Birds seen or heard today included: Eurasion curlew, Oystercatcher, Black-headed gull, Common starling, Common redshank, Turnstone, Great cormorant, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Purple sandpiper, Wood nuthatch, Pied wagtail, Herring gull and Feral pigeon.
 After walk drinks wee enjoyed at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, where Brimstage's Trappers Hat went down well, as did the Titanic Plum Porter.

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