Sunday 5th December 2010.
Yestersday I walked with friends from my local gym. Our aim had been to do the Beamers Trail at Blackburn but the freezing conditions and icy roads caused us to change our plan.
Plan B was to walk a section of the Sefton Coastal Footpath. We could catch the train to Freshfield and walk back to Hightown. We stood on the platform at Seaforth station to hear an announcement that our train was cancelled. Snow on the line or some such excuse. It was a good job we had a Plan C. We would start walking from Seaforth and head north.
From the station we crossed the footbridge over Church Road and entered Rimrose Valley park. Although this is practically on my doorstep I had never been there before. The icy path led to Waterloo and we walked down South Road to the Marina. No-one was out sailing today as the lake was frozen.The Health and Safety police had been out putting up bright red notices, “Danger thin ice” The notices got in the way of my photos.
The tide was in as we walked along the promenade towards the coastguard station and only the heads of the iron men were visible. It was gitting brighter and soon the sun came out creating some dramatic lighting conditions. Spray was coming over the sea wall but the path was still frozen, an indication of just how cold it was.
From the coastguard station we walked through the sand dunes over looking West Lancs golf club. A few hardy individuals were playing a round. They seemed to spend a lot of time looking for lost balls in the frost and snow. They should have used an orange ball.
At Hightown we skirted round the boat hut and then followed the railway line past the Altcar Rifle Range. We stopped for lunch, sitting in the sunshine in the middle of a field, we must be mad! The next section was through the dunes and pinewoods up to the Squirrel Reserve at Formby. Wendy led this section crossing several of the waymarked trails through the woods. A finalhalf a mile along Victoria Road took us to Freashfield station to catch the train back to Seaforth.
With the cold conditions we had hardly stopped for a drink so there was a slight, theoretical riskthat qwe could be dehydrated. So, just to be on the safe side I called in at the Volunteers Canteen in Waterloo to sample the guest beer – excellent.