We are very fortunate on the Wirral to have access to the “Wirral Way”. It is 12.2 miles of disused railway line that is situated within the Wirral Country Park. The park contains some of the most peaceful and pretty countryside, in my humble opinion, that England has to offer. It is so vast that you can often find yourself alone for large stretches. This section of the route is through the small hamlet of Parkgate which was once a port along the River Dee. The river once came as far as the sandstone wall that you can see in this picture, however this is now 100 square foot of salt marsh. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, Parkgate was famous as a seaside destination with baths. Lady Emma Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress, was born nearby in a small village called Ness and, it is believed that she bathed here regularly.It is even rumoured that Nelson sailed up the River Dee to visit her.
It is also thought that in April 1742, Handel stayed in Parkgate before sailing to Dublin to perform the Messiah for the first time!
But nowadays, Parkgate is famous for Nicholl’s ice cream and still has a fantastic line in summer sunsets. However, even in February the early evening sky, above the North Wales Coast, is still very pretty. For us, there are two other things that we particularly like about Parkgate; the carvery pub at the end of The parade and, Mr Glade’s sister works as a district nurse in that area, today we bumped into Aunty T, everyone was very pleased to see her, especially Jack! You can find more information about Parkgate here.