2013: Friday Walks, Wirral

Completing a year of Friday Walks reports with a tour of some of our favourite places.

Suddenly, a beautiful day. Sunny and warm and Spring-like. We know this is all wrong for 4th January, but we want to get out and enjoy it. And rather than spend the whole day on one walk, we decide to do several short ones, and see how lots of the Wirral Peninsula’s doing on this splendid day.

Beginning at the 'Barking Mad' in Royden Park.

Beginning at the ‘Barking Mad’ in Royden Park.

Remember this was our ‘Café of the Year’ for 2012. Welcomed warmly back, we’re still on the paper plates though, unlike the regulars.

Then it's a walk round the lake and a bit of Thurstaston Common.

Then it’s a walk round the lake and a bit of Thurstaston Common.

Before moving on to our second destination.

Ness Gardens.

Ness Gardens, overlooking the Dee Marshlands.

Warm, south facing and feeling almost Mediterranean.

Warm, south facing and feeling almost Mediterranean.

The Wollemi Pine are doing as well as their sister on Plot 44.

The Wollemi Pine are doing as well as their sister on Plot 44.

We look for evidence of Spring.

And find it in the buds on the trees.

And find it in the buds on the trees.

Eucryphia.

Eucryphia.

Hundreds of daffodils on the way.

Hundreds of daffodils on the way.

A surprise Iris.

A surprise Iris.

Scilia.

Scilia.

And what's Sarah found?

And what’s Sarah found?

The Snowdrops.

The Snowdrops.

Shyly opening.

Shyly opening.

Just a few now, but hundreds, in many different varieties on the way.

Just a few now, but hundreds, in many different varieties on the way.

And these, like flowers on a tree? We don't know.

And these, like flowers on a tree? We don’t know.

And a single Camelia, 'Winter Roughey'

And a single Camellia, ‘Winter Roughey’

Willow shining in the afternoon sun.

Willow shining in the afternoon sun.

We move on.

Climbing Thurstaston Hill, looking down on the Dee Estuary, tide's in.

Climbing Thurstaston Hill, looking down on the Dee Estuary, tide’s in.

Looking North West to Leasowe Lighthouse.

Looking North West to Leasowe Lighthouse.

Gorse in flower.

Gorse in flower.

Sarah peaceful as the sun sinks towards the horizon.

Sarah peaceful as the sun sinks towards the horizon.

We move again.

This time, to West Kirby.

This time, to West Kirby.

Where afternoon is turning into evening.

Where afternoon is turning into evening.

We get ice creams.

We get ice creams.

And walk out into the bay, where the tide's just turned.

And walk out into the bay, where the tide’s just turned.

Moving again, this time towards New Brighton.

Stopping at Harrison Drive to capture the afterglow of the sunset.

Stopping at Harrison Drive to capture the afterglow of the sunset.

And looking across Liverpool Bay.

And looking across Liverpool Bay.

The lights of the Container Port at Seaforth.

The lights of the Container Port at Seaforth.

Into New Brighton now.

Looking across the Mersey to Liverpool.

Looking across the Mersey to Liverpool.

We go for a walk on the beach between New Brighton and Seacombe. Dark but shiny with Liverpool reflections. But before we do…

Sarah notices the amusement arcade is open.

Sarah notices the amusement arcade is open.

And goes in to play Penny Falls, always a delight to her.

And goes in to play Penny Falls, always a delight to her.

Day nearly done, we stop at Seacombe for a closer look across at Liverpool.

Day nearly done, we stop at Seacombe for a closer look across at Liverpool.

And at the end of it all, the Walks Monitoring Committee both agree that the approach has worked. First walk of the year, a good look around on a lovely day. And by finishing in urban locations, we’ve extended the walking day well into darkness. Good.

And this walk completes our aim, from the beginning of 2012, to report on all of our Friday Walks for a year. We’ll still be walking in 2013, as we have done for years now. And no doubt photographs from them will turn up on our Blog from time to time. So look out for them and, meanwhile, enjoy this story of a year of walking.

See all of our year of Friday Walks here.

9 thoughts on “2013: Friday Walks, Wirral

  1. lindsay53

    Amazing that so much is in flower there! I’ve spotted one or two daffodil buds poking through here but no snowdrops as yet. Enjoy the early colour! I’m with Sarah. Penny Falls is addictive!

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Yes, on the scale of human addictions it’s pretty harmless. She had a great time for 20 minutes or so, and emerged about 12 pence poorer. A fair price, I think.

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  2. cheethamlibMandy

    Lovely to see those places which are now almost as familiar as favourite spots on the other side of the world. The snowdrops are so pretty and delicate and I’m happy to see the Wollemis doing so well.

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  3. Bex

    I am new to your web site(s) and am so excited to have found them! The year of going for a walk in and around Liverpool just thrills me. I have never been there but for some reason it’s become my new obsession, learning all about Liverpool. It all started with my reading of Helen Forrester’s “Twopence to Cross the Mersey” which led me to all her autobiographical books and others, and now I just seem to want to immerse myself in all-things-Liverpool!

    My husband and I have been to the UK (we are in Salem, MA, USA) a total of 8 times but never went to Liverpool – OUR BAD! We love Yorkshire and always head straight for there. Now I can’t travel anymore and am sick I never got to Liverpool. So thank you for these sites/blogs and hello from Salem, The Witch City, in Massachusetts!

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Welcome from Massachusetts Bex and glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog. There are around 400 posts now, mostly in and around Liverpool, so plenty to keep you going. There was also a recent Yorkshire visit you might not have noticed yet.

      Sorry you can’t travel any more, but I’ll keep on doing my best for you to feel as if you’re really here!

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      1. Bex

        I had no time yesterday to start reading your walks… but I will go to the Yorkshire one first now! Thanks for commenting back. I have a blog if you ever have some free time, it’s at http://journalscape.com/Bex – nothing big like yours, just a little thing but I’ve been doing it for several years now. Again, thanks!

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