Walking 1004.9 miles from John O'Groats to Lands end in aid of Accommodation Concern! (starts august 3rd 2014)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Day-37 ' when you walk through the storm '.....you get wet!

As usual when I stay in a hotel I can't sleep!  Oh 1am why did you wake me?
On the plus side it meant I was up and packed and away by 7.30 leaving me ample time to walk to my surprise, which I've obviously given away with the pic! Yes I was allowed to wander around the ground at Liverpool football club! Many thanks to Rachel for organising this it was very special for me to see the ground that my relative, former Liverpool player Phil Neal used to wow the crowds!
Even opportunities like this can't hold up the walk (too much!) so off I go threading through the victorian terraces surrounding the stadium and down into the city centre, and wow a stunning centre it is! The architecture was incredible, I've obviously read to many incorrect stories about Liverpool as a place! The grandeur of its time as the second largest port in Britain during the days of the Empire and the title door to the Americas was obviously not overdoing it!
Down to the Mersey, and with the famous Liver building behind me I catch the equally famous ferry across the Mersey! It's a tourist boat so I get a tour of the sights along with (inevitably) a few lines being sung from ' ferry across the Mersey'...Good cheesy fun!
Into Birkenhead for lunch and more victorian terraces to navigate, then back into the countryside and a little wild fruit foraging, before walking into Neston for supplies, down to marshes along the river Dee and on to Burton point where a nook high up in a hill gives me a great view of the sun setting over the Marsh and eventually the lights of Wales.
Wales actually being only a few hundred meters to my left as I look south!.

Day-36 a short day

With a slight mist rising from the canal into another azure sky I'm off on my last leg of the Leeds to liverpool canal, without a great distance to walk it's nice to kick back and just saunter along and stop more than I've been doing of late feeding the minnows that rise to the surface once you've not moved for a bit and taking a bit more time chatting along the way, I pass Haskayne, Lydiate,and Maghull before leaving the Canal at Aintree heading south in a remarkably warm afternoon to my 1.45pm stop at a Travel lodge for the night,  feeling hungry I visit a nearby KFC and my hunger decides the size of my dinner...a six piece bargain bucket that I demolish! Guess I needed it!.