Wednesday, 9 May 2012

#29.PARKGATE and the WIRRAL WAY.5-5-12.

Today's short walk saw me and Julie parking on the front in Parkgate and heading north to the site of the outdoor tidal swimming pool which shut in 1942 where we turned right and joined the Wirral Way.

A pleasant lane led us up to the WW which is a disused railway line used by walker's,horse rider's and cyclist's as this is "location 56" on the National Cycle Network.

It was quite warm in the sun,a nice change as it had been very cold recently with morning frost's.The hedgerow's were teeming with bird's chirping away and looking for food as we made our way along the disused railway line passing under some impressive bridges.

We passed the site of the old Parkgate Station which was built in 1866 and shortly after left the WW and headed across field's to reach the shore near the Harp Inn and Denhall Quay,the site of the Neston Collieries.Looking over the reed's Moel Famau was clearly visible.

We now headed north again past the Neston Old Quay and through the reed bed tunnel.

An opening in the reed's gave us a glimpse of an Little Egret fishing.

Now back at the outskirt's of Parkgate our path was blocked by houses and the footpath goes down Manorial Road into the village but i wanted to stay on the shoreline and we followed a path again through the reed bed that somebody previously had used,a little bit wet but fun nonetheless.We had reached the Parade at the southern edge of Parkgate's promenade which is crowded with cafe's,pub's and shop's all facing the out over the Dee Estuary,one of the shop's houses the famous Nichol's Ice Cream Parlour which saw us popping in to get a toffee and strawberry double cone,gorgeous.We walked past the impressive Mostyn House School,an independantDay School for boy's and girl's aged 4 to 18 which was opened in 1855 and closed in 2010,seen below.

Parkgate was an important port for nigh on 200 year's until the river silted up and became unusable,the port was superseded by Liverpool on the nearby River Mersey.Now it is still popular with tourist's and particularly birdwatcher's who flock here to see the many species that populate the estuary.We walked 5 miles with 250 feet of ascent.

MILEAGE       203
ASCENT        49,600
TOPS             55.

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