Thurstaston Common and Royden Country Park in their Autumn glory…..

A sharp frost this morning but otherwise a beautiful day, chilly especially in the shade but very little breeze.

Today we left the car in peace and walked up the lane to Thurstaston Common, a large area of part National Trust and part Royden Country Park owned public land. The mostly wooded site was quite a spectacle in full autumn sunshine with all the leaves in vibrant colour gradually falling from the trees.

First we climbed Thurstaston Hill to the highest point on The Wirral (ok so only a whopping 91m but everything is relative!) and treated to fantastic views, across the Dee to Wales

Over the Mersey Estuary to Lancashire, with Blackpool Tower just visible (ok I used binoculars!).

Across the Mersey to Liverpool.

After a bit of coaxing I managed to get Poppy to sort of sit by the highest point Beacon for a photo!

There are miles and miles of footpaths so we loosely followed a series of paths around the perimeter, dipping into the centre to look at the pond, beautiful with the trees reflected on the water.

These ferns changing from a vibrant green, to a pale yellow and finally a dried crinkly brown.

We found Thor’s Stone scarred by generations of people scoring their initials or messages in the sandstone for others to read. Allegedly an ancient Viking place of worship and celebrations,

After about six miles rambling around we came back to the highest point and having it to ourselves we enjoyed a bit of a sit to just take in those amazing views.

Before wandering back down the lane to site, a good 8 mile circuit, just in time to watch the sun going down over the Dee.

Two thoughts of the day:

Now the sun sets and rises earlier and later – I might catch a few and share!

Still really enjoying life!

Lunch out in Little Neston…..

A beautiful autumn day, chilly but wall to wall sunshine. Today we have plans, so after watching the children start their Fun Run in the park this morning, all dressed in Halloween costumes, we headed off for a brisk walk in the opposite direction!

A bit later we headed into Little Neston, very early for our lunch date and after parking in the pub car park headed off for a walk along the Wirral Way into the Wirral Country Park- never really sure where this park starts and ends it just seems to keep on bobbing up here and there!

After a couple of hours circuit, I settled Poppydog down in the car whilst I met up with an Uncle, cousin and wife who I haven’t seen for 25 years, 40 + years and never met, respectively! A serious amount of catch up was very much in order and indeed I had a really nice time getting to know these lovely people.

Two thoughts of the day:

Family – you can’t choose them but you would if you could.

Thank goodness for automatic phone clock updates otherwise I would be ahead of myself!

Along the Wirral Way in the sunshine…..

A truly autumnal day, cold, breezy and sunny and not a drop of rain – perfect. Today we were on a bit of a mission to make contact with some relatives living in Little Neston, so we parked up in Heswall and took the riverside walk (to make it a sort of circular walk by using the Wirral Way back – clever huh?) southwards. Riverside is a bit of a misnomer as you can’t actually see the river beyond the marshland but let’s not be picky and enjoy the sun. Incidentally there are loads of carparks along this route all free.

We first arrived at Parkgate a freshly painted row of white with black beamed houses, cafes and a pub all along the front.

At the end of the village is Mostyn House School, formerly a private boarding school and now residential.

Further along the marshland turned into this beautiful prairie of grass, shimmering in the sunlight.

We arrived in Little Neston and with a little help from Mr OS and Google, accomplished our mission with tentative lunch plans made for tomorrow with family I have not seen for more years than I am prepared to admit too! Now to find the Wirral Way.

We soon did and enjoyed a pleasant walk in the late afternoon sunshine, with many distant views across the Dee to Wales.

A very successful and pleasant 8 mile round trip.

Two thoughts of the day:

Ok so why wait until the 5th of November when you can set off Fireworks at least a week early and wind up Poppydog? She is not happy but at least she has stopped barking at them!

Ooh spotted an M&S Foodhall in Heswall (about 4 miles from site) – I think we may have to pay it a visit.

New Brighton to Egremont with sun, rain, hail and lots of wind….

Quite windy again today with a bit of everything weather wise, sun, showers and hail. Continuing on our trail we parked up at the start of the New Brighton promenade, taking a quick look at some kite surfers at Wallasey Beach before following the promenade into New Brighton.

Bearing in mind the sun was out back at site and for the short journey here, almost as soon as we set off along came the rain – actually it wasn’t rain but hail, stingy, pingy painful on the back of the legs hail! There was nowhere to hide so we just took it and kept going. As the tide was a bit further in than yesterday, where New Brighton beach was, is today just a swirling mass of angry sea, bashing up against the sea wall.

By the time we had reached Perch Rock Lighthouse, the hail had passed on over leaving us pretty wet (guess who forgot their waterproofs?) through, oh well this stiff wind will soon dry us out!

Beyond the Lighthouse is Fort Perch Rock, built in the 1820’s to defend the Port of Liverpool and now a museum, with a nice bit of sandy beach either side of the breakwater.

Not to be outdone on her own black rock at the far end of the beach sits this rather colourful Mermaid.

As we continued along the very wide promenade with the elegant houses of Wallasey high above us on the right and sandy beaches in between the breakwaters and the busy docks of Liverpool on our left we enjoyed a few surprises as we walked.

A Pirate ship created from driftwood and debris from the sea and a sort of tree monster made out of fallen branches.

A bit further along all the railing heads of Vale Park had been covered by brightly coloured either knitted or crocheted bonnets – how delightful!

I love this sort of thing, when something functional has been made pretty! We were tempted to venture into the park and were not disappointed with the little fairy villages and other sculptures dotted around.

A bit further along (oh and we are almost dried out now) we reached Egremont with another sandy beach and Liverpool City Centre as its skyline.

This we decided is today’s destination and so stopped for awhile to give Poppydog a good run around and me a sit down before beginning the four miles return journey.

Me suitably rested, Poppydog suitably exercised, wet and straggly looking and all feathered things suitably ‘moved on’, we set off from whence we came.

Just to help us on our way, splat a cloud full of rain to keep us company.

As quick as it came it moved on!

Ah well, we’ve got about three and a half miles to dry off in and we did.

Two thoughts of the day:

I though this walk was going to be a bit dull walking along a concrete promenade – how wrong was I!

I suspect the north Wirral coastline has its own micro climate, a wet one at that, as again once we left the coast there was little evidence of much rain having fallen.

From Leasowe Lighthouse to Perch Rock Lighthouse…..

A grey and breezy day again today, we encountered a true sea rain (it wasn’t raining any where else just along the seafront!) which did a pretty good job of making us wet and cold! Today we drove to the car park near Leasowe Lighthouse and continued our walk along the coastal path – Leasowe Beach with the tide in.

As we had turned back at this point yesterday, we didn’t see this part of Leasowe Beach, beyond the first breakwater.

As the tide is receding this is a continuous strip of ever widening sand running along the entire north coast of The Wirral, probably not the nicest sand and getting out for a swim would be pretty exhausting and it would be nice to see what difference a nice blue skied day would make?

We continued along the concrete walkway to Wallasey Beach.

Still further along, we have arrived in New Brighton.

There in the distance, overshadowed by the huge red cranes of the docks across the Mersey is Perch Rock Lighthouse (the original lighthouse was built in 1683) first lit in 1830 and decommissioned in 1973. Interestingly in 2001 LED lights were introduced naming all those list at sea, including the 1517 list on the ‘Titanic’ – how amazing and what a fabulous idea?

The broad walkway along the front in New Brighton feels a bit soulless but maybe that is because it is so quiet? The only bit if colour being the memorial benches along the concrete sea wall.

At this point the sea breeze running along the beach (on our backs on the way here) turned wet! How rude – still it will be more than a 7 mile round trip so enough!

And so it was a wet and cold walk back and having decided that we would stop for a play on Leasowe Beach on the way back – I’m afraid that didn’t happen!

Two thoughts of the day:

So far on our mooching around the Wirral all the houses have been huge, well set back, along leafy avenues – so who in their right minds thought that these were a good idea?

How funny – no sign of any rain once we left the coastal path!! We however were soaked!