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.