Turn Right At Liverpool And Keep Walking – Day 9 Crosby To Formby – 22 January 2016

In which indeed I do turn right at Liverpool. On starting walking the Mersey I had no plan bar reaching Liverpool. Now I sort of formulated a germ of an idea to continue to Blackpool.  In the middle of November last year I set off from Fleetwood eyeing Barrow in Furness as a possible destination. Two days ago I was near Carlisle. These things sort of grow.

Gormley’s men are still guarding the beach, this was meant only to be a temporary installation, but it has proved so popular that it was never taken down. They are even working off their Christmas hangover

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It’s another fine day, infact the temperatures get up to the mid teens this afternoon, making it positively balmy for mid January. The beaches here are of a very high standard, Formby in particular, but this is a part of the coast that people inexplicably ignore, miles of dunes, golden sand, what’s not to like?

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Liverpool being the busy port it is, there is a steady flow of ships entering and leaving the harbour to provide entertainment seawards

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I am still navigating by nose, and have not yet planned my routes in any great detail, which means that I soon hit my first obstacle, the River Alt, naively I thought that the Ribble was the first thing I would have to cross, although it looks a little scruffy and dejected below, it has been substantially cleaned up and deculveted , and now is regularly fished and a wildlife sanctuary.

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See, it isn’t that bad really. The diversion does present me with my first new coastal walking rule, only to cross rivers by fording,  bridge or estuary. Unfortunately the water is a little too deep and there’s unlikely to be a ferry service here, so I opt for the middle option. You may think that rules are a little odd on a self guided walk, but all coastal walkers tend to evolve the same set of rules for themselves , so we work on precedent rather than a code Napoleon, it is at this stage that I should plug my favourite walking blog which provides a lot of help and information for me – Ruth’s Coastal Walk – https://coastalwalker.co.uk/ .

It soon becomes clear that I would not have been able to continue along the beach, as I am walking past a military firing range.

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It is a short detour around the estuary to cross a bridge and get back to the beach, at which point the coast near Formby reveals its beauty.

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I even manage a selfie in the sunshine

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This is my standard walking gear, so if you see me wearing the same again, in my defence I did ask Mrs R permission to throw the shirt away this morning, but she seems a little attached to it, so it has had a reprieve for another winter.

I never see the beach at Formby busy and do not understand why.

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Formby is also renowned for it’s red squirrels, of which none are apparent today, however there is a fine view across the dunes

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and a fine church, St Peter’s

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Still, everyone else’s loss is my gain today and Formby beach is a great place to stop and catch the train back to my car in Crosby.

Copyright 2018 Allan P Russell

 

 

Author: allanprussell

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