524 Parkgate

Parkgate looks every inch a seaside resort, with a sea wall and beautiful black and white houses along the promenade. Trouble is there's no sea. The tide went out as the River Dee silted up and it's a rare event indeed when a winter storm drives waves against the ancient jetties. Sheep now graze where packet ships once departed for Dublin and the trade in potted shrimps is no more. Yet though the railway too has gone, its legacy gives the walk a dramatic finish with towering walls in a spectacular rock cutting.

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LOCATION: South west Wirral
START: Turn left off A540 down Lees Lane, signed Little Neston, to Wirral Country Park
Grid ref: SJ306776 Postcode: CH647TH
DISTANCE: 8 miles
GRADE: Easy, but wear long trousers - a few nettles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer - Wirral & Chester Landranger 117
NOTE: Ness Botanic Garden open every day
REFRESHMENTS: Ness Garden Tea Room, Harp Inn & Parkgate pubs
EN ROUTE: Wirral Way, Neston, Denhall Quay

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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