Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Wirral Way - Attempt 2

This time, we took the train into Liverpool Lime Street, where we took the underground out to the Wirral. Starting at West Kirkby train station. We left the station (through the sweet shop obviously), crossed the road, and joined the Wirral Way.
The Liverpool Underground

The start of the Wirral Way at West Kirkby

We walked as far as Thurstaston, stopping at the cafe for coffee and crumpets. From Thurstaston, we declined to rejoin the Wirral Way, in favour of detouring along the clifftop path, until we went down some steps and walked along the beach!
Modern art sculpture at Thurstaston

Pond at Thurstaston

Cathy laughs in the face of danger...

Panoramic Cliff Top View of the Beach from Thurstaston

The other ladies of our Walking Club


Linda tried out her waterproofs on the blustery beach

Cathy holding the map with no hands!
We walked along the beach until it became the marshes near to Parkgate, when it became impassable, so we did the unthinkable, we scrambled up the rocky cliff-face to get back on course!
It got a bit too boggy and we were struggling

The rocky cliff face that we climbed...

...and didn't see these signs until we got to the top!

We met some other walkers and worked together to find our way back to the Wirral Way
We found our way back onto the route and walked until the bridge where we had rejoined the Wirral Way last time from Parkgate, and then we detoured past the pony sanctuary to Parkgate, where we stopped at the Ship Inn for starters and puddings!
The Pony Sanctuary
More ponies
Parkgate Parade

Then we walked back past the cricket club and back onto the Wirral Way, sticking faithfully along the official route for a while.
We met a man with an arthritic dog who had a wheeled contraption to hep him walk, and who kindly let us take a photograph of his very happy dog!

At Willaston we detoured for more starters at Pollards Inn, before going back onto the route until we reached Hooton Station, where beloved was sat with a car waiting to take me for a very well earned dinner.

Overall, it was 13.9 miles in total. 

Astoundingly, I managed to get a blister, in the same place, but on the other foot! Hoping to do a shorter walk next time as we expect the weather to start to get cooler, possibly wetter, and probably windier. With our pre-Christmas walk in December planned for Chester Zoo!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Where I Live... Post 1 - Frodsham

As you may, or may not, be aware, my family and I are temporarily living in Frodsham (which I believe comes from the old Norwegian meaning Frode's Hamlet, I have no idea who Frode was though!)

I don't know an awful lot about Frodsham, except that Djibril Cisse (former Liverpool player) used to be Lord of the Manor of Frodsham and his wife runs/ran the salon in Helsby. Oh, and I have learned that Daniel Craig (yes, that Daniel Craig) lived in the Ring o'Bells pub growing up (where his Father was the Landlord), and obviously Gary Barlow is from Frodsham, and Bob Carolgees runs the candle shop at Lady Heyes (but I am not old enough to remember Spit the Dog).

So, there are a few pubs, most notably the Bears Paw and the Queen's Head, which are handily on the main road and both have car parks (and you know how important I think that is).

Apart from our caravan site, the only other places we usually go are the shiny new Sainsbury's and Frodsham Hill. We quite like walking around the hill a little way, where the graffiti is more of an art installation than it is in Runcorn, and the cenotaph which being ontop of the hill has some amazing views!

Below are a few photos;
Beloved and Littlebit admiring the view, Daddy is pointing out Runcorn Landmarks
Grafitti in Frodsham Hill Wood
The sandstone of Frodsham Hill
Whilst there isn't anything wrong with Frodsham, it's not home, and we are all very much looking forward to being able to move into our new house, when I can post my second 'Where I Live' blog post, about a town I actually know about!