Today I resume my walking challenge after a little time off with my wife who is recovering after cracking her sternum.
I walk along the Banks marshes which are very flat. This part of the country is the market garden of England with lots of farms that grow and process fruit and vegetables.
Today I have two people joining me on the walk, my wife Christine and my daughter Julie. Unfortunately a seaside walk ends up with most of the day spent in A & E.
We arrive in Southport but before we start we use the facilities at Wetherspoons and also fill up on coffee.
After the beach party and the silly hats it’s back to the serious matter of facing the challenge I am undertaking. The weather is not as windy yesterday, it’s a pity the wind did not stay away yesterday for the beach party.
Again, Christine, my wife is joining me; it’s great to have her company on the walk. It’s a lovely walk along the beach to Altcar. It seems a popular place for people riding sand buggies.
Today is another day I have been looking forward to. I have agreed to raise the profile of one of the charities I am raising money for, CarersTrust4all by wearing a number of silly hats on my walk today. The charity is based in Cheshire and Merseyside and part of the CarersTrust network.
This is me with my wife Christine leaving the Pierhead in Liverpool.
The walk is shorter today, so that people can join me and we will end up at Crosby for a picnic.
I am looking forward to todays walk as my wife is joining me. We leave the car in Birkenhead and catch the bus to Hoylake to start the walk, but first we find a coffee shop for sustenance.
Did you know that Hoylake was where Eric Bartholomew first met up with Ernest Wiseman in the 1940’s who later became famous as Morecambe and Wise.
It’s a beautiful sunny day today and it’s market day in Neston where I start todays walk. The market seems to be quite lively and busy.
From Neston I follow the Wirral Way which is both a footpath and cycleway along the old railway line. The line was the Birkenhead Railway which went from near Ellesmere Port to West Kirby and joined up with another railway line.
Sadly, this is my last day walking in Wales on this trip. I get splendid views across the estuary to the Wirral on the English side of the River Dee.
From the station in Flint I make my way down to the castle which was built by Edward I. He built a chain of castles around North Wales in his attempt to conquer the country.