A lovely fine morning setting out from West Kirby and beautiful blue clear skies with long views of Hilbre, Hoylake and Wales
And of course West Kirby itself as I walk around the boating lake:
I’m soon out of town and waling along the cliffs which overlook the Dee. It really is a more sedate river than the Mersey.
Obviously there are a few people with the same idea of a walk on such a pleasant spring day.
It is a day full of great views and peaceful strolling , half along the beach and half along the old railway line that used to go to Hooton.
You could be fooled at times that this is an estuary, it looks so seaside like
An unusually named bridge on the railway path piques my curiosity
There’s a path with signs to the Dungeon, so how can I resist. Turns out the dungeon is a wooded valley with a small waterfall, Dungeon derives from Denge, meaning land by a marsh, still it is an worthwhile diversion.
A few miles further down the path I reach Parkgate, which is a total revelation and has become a firm favourite for Mrs R and I to visit. It was once the major seaport for traffic to Dublin until the Dee silted up, but in its Georgian heyday it hosted Handel, and Lady Hamilton, it was once even considered back in 1825 as the starting point for the proposed Manchester Ship canal.
The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser of 24 September 1825 has a full description of the proposed route and costings. That would really have hacked the Scousers off had we done this. Unfortunately it never got off the ground. It is on columns three to four of the attached.
However, today Parkgate is a lovely destination with a great Fish and Chip shop. It still shows traces of its maritime past, and although the tide very rarely reaches the shoreline (when it does the place is overrun by rats fleeing the water)
I had the chips on the sea wall. It is my firm belief that these are the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. I commend Parkgate Chippy to all visitors. I hear the restaurants are good too, but I cannot believe they can surpass this:
Of course if you don’t want to overlook the estuary, then you can dine in. After lunch it was a look around the village.
It is a very affluent place, as the cricket club pavillion demonstrates
After that, a quick descent into Neston to catch the train back, via a convoluted route, to West Kirby. Nine miles today, but another walk with great views
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