Church rambling group from St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor, Stockport. Meet second Saturday in the month except January. Anybody is welcome to join our group. Contact details posted in church or go to church website: http://www.stpaulsheatonmoor.org.uk/
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Parkgate - Saturday 10th June 2017
was pouring with rain as just four of us left St Paul's Road for the
drive to Parkgate.
is on the Wirral Peninsular in Cheshire and is a curious and quirky
place. It used to be an important sea port on the River Dee in the
18th Century. Well known people such as the composer Handel sailed
from here to Dublin. However the Dee estuary silted up and the sea
retreated a long way out from the 'sea front' but the sea wall
walked north with the silted up reed beds on our left and the Welsh
Hills rising above the distant remaining Chanel of the river Dee. We
turned East for a short stretch and then South-ish, along tracks,
minor roads and bits of the Wirral Way. Part of the route took us
over the Neston Golf course and then along it's edge where we enjoyed
stunning views of the river channel, and the estuary mouth. We worked
our way round to 'The Old Port'. This has sandstone blocks from the
original port and provided a good lunch stop. The final part of the
walk was right on the edge of the reed beds and was rather damp and
back in Parkgate, it was time for tea and cake!
was a very pleasant and peaceful walk of about six miles. There were
wild flowers everywhere; including roses and orchids.The reed beds
are home to many birds. Binoculars would have been useful! We saw the
expected gulls but also spotted herons and oyster catchers.
did we get wet? No, it was totally dry-if you discount a few spits
and spots at our lunch spot!