We took a little trip to The Wirral staying at the Wirral Country Park Site, a Caravan & Motorhome Club site, situated alongside the River Dee estuary and close to the village of Thurstaton. There are good views to the estuary and across to the north Wales coast.
We had arranged to meet Mick, Jill and their dog Molly for a few days walking and exploring the area. We took a small circular walk from the campsite down to the beach and returning back via the Dee Sailing Club. The weather was dry and sunny but I have no proof of this as I found out that I had no SD card in my camera! This was still sitting in my computer back at home together with my wash bag, make-up bag and toothbrush! Thankfully, Mick had a spare SD card that I could use.
The following morning we were amazed to wake up to snow, having had no indication of it on the weather forecast and hearing heavy rain in the night.
It didn’t take long for the sun to come back out so we drove to Crosby Beach home of “Another Place”, a piece of modern sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley consisting of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea, the figures are modelled on the artist’s own naked body. It was beautifully sunny albeit a bit cold but an interesting walk along the beach.
We drove into Liverpool and parked close to the Albert Docks, walking from there along the waterfront to Pier Head, the departure point for ferries across the River Mersey and the trio of Edwardian buildings known as the ‘Three Graces’. The southernmost with the dome mimicking St Paul’s Cathedral is the Port of Liverpool building, next to it is the Cunard Building, once HQ to the Cunard Steam Line. Finally, the Royal Liver Building, opened as the head office of the Royal Liver Friendly Society and crowned by Liverpool’s symbol, the 5.5m copper Liver Bird. In front of these buildings you can also find the statue of the famous four, Paul, Ringo, George and John, The Beatles of course.
We walked on into the town centre and to Matthew Street, site of the original Cavern Club and known as the Cavern Quarter, where there are plenty of shops relating to the Beatles. We continued through the Cavern Quarter and found a dog friendly pub at the top of Dale Street, The Ship & Mitre, host of the Wirral Beer Festival!
On our final full day, we walked from the campsite along the Wirral Circular Trail, a cycle and walking path that can be picked up from the back of the campsite. We followed the path north towards West Kirby and dropped down onto the beach before reaching West Kirby and walking around the Marine Lake. We stopped off for a coffee in West Kirby then continued our walk heading north along the stretch of beach from West Kirby to Red Rocks at Hoylake. We then cut inland and picked up the Wirral Circular Trail again back at West Kirby and followed this back to the campsite, a total distance of almost 10 miles.
It’s been a good couple of days with plenty of walking and exploring. The campsite is in a good location for exploring the area, although the facilities could be slightly better but adequate. It’s a fairly small campsite with lovely surrounds.