One for the Birds: Neston - Burton Point - Parkgate

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The reedbeds & marshes of the Dee estuary stretch out on your right, and the Welsh hills provide a spectacular backdrop. On Spring tides, especially when aided by northerly winds, much of what seems dry land is covered. Birds & small mammals, driven inland by the encroaching water, provide easy picking for raptors such as the Marsh Harrier.

Burton Point, just north of the Welsh border here, is a sandstone outcrop behind which there are some Iron Age earthworks - though unfound & unseen by this walker. There are, however, some interesting erosion patterns on the outcrop itself, and even the modest height gain provides a wide panorama of the Dee estuary, from Queensferry right up to the point of Ayr.

From here turn north & retrace your steps past the Harp, past two old quays that once took ships bound for Ireland, walking along the always busy Parkgate Parade. It is amply provided with restaurants, cafés & pubs. The walk continues past the Boathouse pub at the northern end - a black & white building that mirrors the style of the impressive Mostyn House School already passed.

Thread through another walkers car park & you're back of the edge once again. The information board suggests a 'round' that turns inland through the middle of Heswall golf links, & many folk obey. Consequently the path becomes pleasantly quieter as we continue a little further to another port access from another century, at Cottage Lane.

Turn right here up the small hill to the Wirral Way - a linear Country Park based around the old railway line between Hooton & West Kirby, taking you back to the start.

England - North England - Merseyside - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife

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