A lovely dune walk from Ainsdale….

A frosty start to an otherwise mostly grey day though we did see a lovely late afternoon sun so all is good. I was planning to start packing up today, but in the end I just thought about and decided to enjoy a lovely walk through the dunes at Ainsdale instead!

There was not a puff of breeze and not a soul in sight on the beach, for an eerie moment, I wondered if I had missed something and shouldn’t actually be on the beach!

Apart from someone demanding some action!

Not so sweet now huh? I gave in and down onto the beach we went for some tennis ball throwing and chasing.

As the tide was a long way out the shipwreck of the Star of Hope was very exposed and we wandered out to take a closer look.

The Star of Hope ran aground in 1883 on her way, laden with cotton, to Liverpool. Fortunately her crew found refuge on the Crosby Lightship. The wreck has remained hidden by the sand banks until just before last Christmas, so we are lucky to have seen her.

We continued our walk back to Ainsdale along the beach, Poppydog chasing the ball and me, enjoying the lowering sun.

A now content and quiet hound!

Two thoughts of the day:

We are heading south on Sunday, to stay in landlocked Hertfordshire for a few weeks, visiting my Dad, brother and friends – we shall miss our beach walks!

Can you believe we have been away for 10 months? It has passed so quickly!

From Ainsdale Sands to Formby…..

Wet overnight again but dry and mostly cloudy with a little bit of sunshine at the end of the day. Didn’t feel like driving far today, so we popped a couple of miles down the road and parked up at Ainsdale Sands. This is a fabulous area for dog walking as there is a large area of dunes as well as the wide expanse of beach.

For the keen and fit you can pretty much walk from Southport to RAF Altcar along either the beach or through the dunes, which is the best part of 10 miles. We have now completed this but in stages!

After the first part of the beach, which we avoided by going through the dunes, there was no one about so it was ‘off roading’ for Poppydog all the way.

Poppydog’s sense of smell is pretty amazing, I have been using the thrower to lob the tennis ball in amongst the dunes and she comes back with it every time!

A lovely way to spend an afternoon don’t you think? 5.5 miles round trip for me and probably 100.5 miles for Poppydog – result!

Back to site in time for a spectacular sunset.

Two thoughts of the day:

Did a bit more planning for next year – very exciting but a lot of miles to cover and not that many sites!

Sand dunes, grasses, beach, sea and stunning sky – what more could you ask for?

Along the dunes to Ainsdale Sands…..

After a breezy night, we had a grey and breezy day, with only a couple of peeps of sunshine. Today we walked from site in the opposite direction, away from Southport and along the low dunes towards Ainsdale.

It was a bit inland from the sea behind quite a stretch of more marshy land but very peaceful so Poppydog got to ‘off lead’ most of the way. Eventually the row of low trees blocking views of the sea cleared and as we approached Ainsdale our first glimpse of the beach.

A long stretch of mostly wet compacted sand, littered with razor shells and other broken shells awaited.

Very few people around so again Poppydog got her freedom.

We wandered briefly inland but apart from a few derelict buildings and a rather grubby looking Pontin’s there was nothing much to see so back down on the beach we went for a little display of sun peeping through the clouds.

We decided to attempt the walk back along the beach, hoping we wouldn’t get stuck trying to cross the marshlands nearer Southport.

We watched a flock of geese landing in the marshlands and could just make out Blackpool Tower in the distance as we hopped from grassy hummock to patches of sand and negotiated our way back inland without getting wet!

A very pleasant and peaceful 7.5 mile walk (considerably more for Poppydog!).

Two thoughts of the day:

We took a brief drive around the town centre of Southport tonight and the high steeet looks worth a second visit as well as a wander along Rotten Row to ogle the big posh houses – plenty of time here to do that.

After five hours of fireworks – is it me or where we are but they seem to have been going on forever? With displays on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday- enough!