Sunday 13th March 2016 – 563 miles
Up and away by 6.45. Beautiful sunrise over the Mersey.
Walked up out of the park and onto the road towards Hale. We stopped at the local newsagents for some milk and a cereal bar.
The shop owner kindly filled our water bottles and told us about one of the village’s famous people – “Childe of Hale” and the statue which was by the church just a short way up the road.
The statue is apparently life size!
We sat for a while on a bench opposite the church before continuing on towards the footpath which would take us back towards the Mersey.
The path took us around the perimeter of John Lennon Airport along a road then a footpath across farmland. After walking about 3 miles We came to a notice which told us that the footpath was closed because the path had collapsed!
We sat down for a rest feeling quite disconsolate thinking we would have to walk all the way back as there was no other option. We took another look at the collapsed path and decided to risk it!
Dave went first and I passed over the rucksacks and walking poles. Success!
Needless to say, we were very happy not to have to retrace our steps.
Although the path was muddy in places it wasn’t long before we walked up onto a disused runway where we met John and Margaret, Janet and Anne out for a walk. We asked directions to get back onto the Mersey coastal path and also chatted about our walk. John and Margaret generously offered us accommodation for the night and gave us their contact details. We progressed on and met up with Graham and Philippa who walked with us for a while and gave us a donation too – thanks both, we enjoyed your company and will keep in touch.
We stopped for a break and Dave (Mags) arrived – he was “made up” that he’d met us and we took a selfie with him to send to his girlfriend – nice to meet you Mags.
We reached Garston Docks which meant that we had to walk around and leave the Mersey for a while. Time for a rest again so we sat on a large chunk of wood. Billy Baker said hello and asked about our walk and gave us directions to get back to the Mersey. Thanks Billy. We walked past the main street in Garston and received a donation from Joseph outside The Mariners pub – thanks Joseph. It wasn’t too long before we found our way back to the Mersey and onto the promenade.
As it was warm and sunny there were loads of people enjoying the day. Joe (Io) Burns stopped for a chat – might catch up with him in Liverpool tomorrow.
We left the promenade at Otterspool (after enjoying a 99 ice-cream) and started walking towards our destination for the night at John and Margaret’s.
On our way we met Bill and his friend (sorry we didn’t get your name). Bill has walked Lands End to John o’Groats himself. He did it quicker than us though – a more direct route too! Good to meet you both and thanks for your donation Bill.
We reached our destination around 6pm. We were given a warm welcome, a delicious supper, good company and a comfortable bed for the night. Once again, we have received the kindness of strangers. Thank you John and Margaret.