Tag Archives: The Friday Walks

Cathy’s Walk

dsc06588Commenting on the first of this week’s Cornwall blog posts, our friend Cathy Alderson had this to say:

“My family are all living down there and our treat is to walk from St Uny church to St Ives, stopping at the Carbis Bay hotel for coffee en route. It’s got us through some horrendous times and should be on the NHS!”

Well, what else could we do in response to such a recommendation but go on Cathy’s walk while we’re still down here.

This morning the sun has returned after a couple of grey days.

This morning the sun has returned to St Ives after a couple of grey days.

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And we're off on the 17A to Lelant, to do the walk in the same direction as Cathy and her family would do it.

And we’re off on the 17A to Lelant, to do the walk back to St Ives in the same direction as Cathy and her family would do it.

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Paradise: Two hours from Liverpool

On our way into Wales Sarah and I drive through many miles of the brutal ‘we’ve broken the sky’ kind of rainfall we get too often in these climate-changing days. But we keep going because, well, it’s a day out, an adventure and we’re determined to enjoy it.DSC03080Besides, we’ve been where we’re going many times before, though not for a long time now, and we know it can have good weather even when it’s raining everywhere else. That’s how it is with Paradise.

Across the bridge then to Anglesey and two left turns later we arrive at Niwbwrch. Where we turn left again, through the pine woods and down to the beach.

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Where it is of course a perfect and deeply blue sky day.

Lovely. Snowdonia over there doing its usual job of hoovering up all the clouds.

Lovely. Snowdonia over there doing its usual job of hoovering up all the clouds.

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A Very Good Friday

Realising I haven’t had a day off working for two weeks, when I get up on Good Friday and the sun’s out, I go out too. Walking to town on one of my circuitous routes. Beginning a few roads from where we live in Wavertree.

On Lidderdale Road.

On Lidderdale Road.

From where a path runs alongside the railway.

From where a path runs alongside the railway.

All the way to Lawrence Road.

All the way to Lawrence Road.

So just a couple of hundred yards away from always busy Smithdown is this peaceful stroll.

Past pieces of almost rural past.

Past pieces of almost rural past.

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One Shiny Day

With Sarah on the Shining Shore, 20th January 2016.

With Sarah on the Shining Shore, 20th January 2016.

So far this year here in the North of England that picture could only have been taken on one day, yesterday. A day that also happened to be my birthday.

So we got well wrapped up and went on our favourite walk.

So we got well wrapped up and went on our favourite walk.

Here at Thurstaston in West Wirral.

Here at Thurstaston in West Wirral.

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Our heritage? The Friday Walk

Isn’t ‘Heritage’ a peculiar word and concept? How come some things are ‘Heritage’ and others merely ‘ordinary.’ And who decides anyway? Being ‘National Heritage Weekend’ when you can get into approved places you might not always be able to, I decided to walk round the neighbourhood here and have a think.

Starting at the heart of things.

Starting at the heart of things.

Granby 4 Streets of course. Where I spent most of yesterday and much of the last week. This week we’ve started handing out the keys to the first Community Land Trust houses to come off site. This week they’ve started turning into homes. Heritage or just places where people live?

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on?

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on. Heritage or utilities?

Past the Unitarian Church. Heritge and open this weekend.

Past the Unitarian Church, Ullet Road. Official Heritge, William Roscoe and all, and open this weekend.

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Walking Home From New Brighton

The Black Pearl, New Brighton.

The Black Pearl, New Brighton.

A Friday Walk where I walk on water to get home to Liverpool? Well, let’s see. First I need to get to New Brighton.

At the bus stop on Victoria Street, opposite Imperial Buildings.

At the bus stop on Victoria Street, opposite Imperial Buildings.

And newly opened Shankly Hotel.

And newly opened Shankly Hotel.

Where I soon find the New Brighton bus doesn't stop here!

Where I soon find the New Brighton bus doesn’t stop here!

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Further Adventures in Aigburth

Cooper's Coffee Shop, Aigburth Road.

Cooper’s Coffee Shop, Aigburth Road.

A (splendid) late breakfast with a friend here, ended with me setting off on another of my random walks down the far south end of Liverpool. Previous Aigburth walks have featured the suspected Magdalene Laundry we didn’t want and the planned Aigburth Docks we never got. Let’s set off up a road I don’t think I’ve ever walked along, certainly not with a camera, and see what we find.

Barkhill Road.

Barkhill Road.

A long narrow road where, as you can see, they’re touchy about parking. It’s gently suburban now, but as you can see from the age of the sandstone walls, older and maybe grander houses have stood here once.

There are still echoes of age along the road. Pieces of near rural.

There are still echoes of age along the road. Pieces of near rural.

And lodges of the grander houses that once stood here.

And lodges of the grander houses that once stood here.

Names like Kilgraston, May Bank, Elmhurst and Delfield we’ll see soon on an old map. Continue reading