A walk from Hoylake to Leasowe Beach….

The wind dropped a bit over night and left us with another mostly grey day. We drove to Hoylake and parked up on the seafront on the wide one way coastal road. There is a wide promenade running for maybe a couple of miles along the seafront. Unfortunately there is only a small strip of clean soft sand, the rest is really just a series of sandbanks, some quite muddy, so not a great beach for relaxing or playing.

Still with the wind on our backs we walked along the promenade passing this interesting sculpture outside the Lifeboat Station in commemoration of the Hoylake crew lost in 1810.

And this – not sure exactly what it was but it is fit the children of Hoylake and I think it is quite pretty.

Beyond Hoylake the promenade continued on the Wallasey Embankment past the Leasowe Lighthouse (built in 1763 and closed in 1908) the first lighthouse built from brick and the last keeper – Mrs Williams was the only known female keeper in those times. Good enough claim to fame I think.

From here another half a mile lead us to Leasowe Beach – at last a reasonable stretch of sand – playtime for Poppydog!

In the distance you can see the red cranes of Liverpool Docks. Enough for us as we shall have this wind in our faces all the way back. Not the most interesting walk but hey the sun almost made an appearance over Hilbre Island as we reached the car.

Back on site a little bit of a sunset thing went on over the Dee Estuary.

Two thoughts of the day:

Not finding the beaches very inspiring here on the Wirral.

Might need to abandon the shorts soon!

A wild walk to Heswall and Thurstaston along the Wirral Way…..

A wild night, followed by a wild, grey but thankfully dry day. The Dee Estuary this morning ….

Today was laundry day so I didn’t feel like driving afterwards (no logic to that thought process!) and we opted instead to walk along the Wirral Way southwards to Heswall. With tide now out the Dee still doesn’t look very welcoming.

It was a very pleasant walk, mostly sheltered from the wind along the tree lined Wirral Way, with few people about and after a few miles we reached the rather wealthy looking outskirts of Heswall. A row of large houses with enormous gardens and views across the Estuary – nice!

In the village itself there wasn’t much to see – mostly because all the properties were set back from the tree lined avenues, tucked away behind huge red sandstone walls!

For a nice change we were able to make this a circular route and after leaving Heswall behind we passed by Dungeon Woods (oh yes Bridge name mystery solved!).

Across farmland, several Christmas Tree plantations oh and this very topical field full of pumpkins – how cool is this scarecrow?

Very soon we arrived in Thurstaston a small scattering of large houses and this imposing church.

Then just a half a mile down the hill and our 7 mile circuit was at an end. Back to site in time for a spot of Squirrel watching before it goes dark!

Two thoughts of the day:

Fish and chip van came to site tonight – they were good – ideal!

I didn’t realise how used to hearing Welsh spoken around me I’d got, until now that it’s not and suddenly I can understand everyone again!

Following the Wirral Way to West Kirby….

A lovely sunny Autumn (chilly) day, perfect for a lovely walk along the very Autumnal Wirral Way.

From the site it is a 3 mile walk into West Kirby, as the tide was in we decided to walk along the lovely leafy Wirral Way which runs parallel to the estuary, with vistas here and there.

Arriving in West Kirby which was larger than I expected, we made our way through the streets to the beach, a tiny strip of soft dry sand and then a massive area of wet sand, a little muddy in places.

This stretch of sand marks the end of the estuary with open sea just visible beyond.

After a rare cup of tea, we ventured out to visit the three islands – Hilbre, Little Hilbre and Little Eye, however the sand became increasingly wetter and muddier, so I postponed this trip for another day, when I am armed or should I say footed with wellies!

Instead we turned back and walked around Marine Lake (a large manmade sea water lake running along the foreshore used for sailing and windsurfing though empty today).

From here we walked along the Wirral Circular Trail along the estuary until it rejoined the Wirral Way back to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

It is half term in some parts of the country so the dreaded little people are around and we had a couple of near misses with footballs on the beach – here I was thinking that now Poppydog has reached the grand old age of three that she may have matured – hah!

How nice to have a shower that doesn’t cut out every 10 seconds or isn’t in a shed! Civilised caravanning!

Farewell Wales and hello again England…..

A bit iffy today, mostly dry but quite mizzly and misty during the middle of the day, still it was dry for packing up and more or less dry when we set up. Today was a big day for us, it is the day that we moved out of Wales and back into England, well Cheshire to be precise.

Incidentally, if you remember there was a huge road sign welcoming us to Wales, however, not a murmur from either side as we departed / re-entered – How rude!

Once settled onto our new pitch at Wirral Country Park, we went to explore our new surroundings. This is the view across the Dee Estuary from some of the pitches on site.

So it will come as no great surprise that the walk from the site to the beach was a short one! Well when I say beach it really is a small strip of stony, course, orange sand and then miles of rather muddy sand at low tide.

Today we walked south for a couple of miles before returning slightly inland via the Wirral Way and almost saw a bit of sunshine!

Passing through this curiously named Bridge on the way.

Two thoughts of the day:

I think we shall enjoy exploring our new location, more walking and less driving.

Poppydog will not be ‘off roading’ with all that muddy sand out there!

Thirteen miles of sandy beach from Abergele to Prestatyn…..

Another lovely sunny day and again warm in the sunshine – perfect! Today is our last day exploring the wonderful beaches of Wales so we planned to make the most of it, parking up at the beach front car park in Abergele. As is typical the beach is backed by several terraces of light coloured pebbles and then as the tide recedes a large expanse of wet sand is revealed.

We are making the most of these stunning few days – at this time of year you can never be too sure how many more you will get!

Beyond Abergele the beach becomes Kinmel Bay though equally sandy there was a lot of water on this beach – great during the summer months but a bit of a nuisance when you are wearing walking boots!

At this point we turned about (in total this beach is 5 miles long and we have 2 more beaches to explore today) and walked back along the footpath / cycle path that runs along behind the banks of pebbles. What we hadn’t realised is that behind the sea defences are miles and miles of static caravan parks!

On our return to the car, we drove a further 4 miles up the coast to Rhyl – a very different place. A lot of money has been spent here on the Marina, a fabulous modern seafront Theatre, an Oceanarium among others and the beach – well this stretch of sand which extends to Prestatyn and beyond is over 8 miles long!

I wonder next what these beaches look like on a sunny Saturday afternoon in August?

I’m afraid I didn’t have the energy to walk all the way along and back again so we cheated and drove the few miles down to Prestatyn and took another nice beach walk from there.

These beaches are amazing, where you can quickly have the place to yourself once you have walked a mile or so away from any access but I would not like to visit them during the summer!

Two thoughts of the day:

We have loved our time in Wales – the beaches here have been such an eye opener – we recommend!!

Behind the scenes I have been working on a Blog purely featuring all the beaches we have seen with a brief summary of them – it is still a work in progress but the link is

Freedombird Beach Guide