On the main road out of West Kirby by Caldy, towards Heswall , is a conservation area and in springtime the field there is ablaze with the colour blue from bluebells. As I drive past it on the way to work in the morning light catches it beautifully and pics cannot really do it justice!
A short stroll the other direction from the marina is Ashton Park in West Kirby. It has a lake which is popular with model boat enthusiasts at times...but they don't scare the ducks too much. There is also a bowling green, tennis courts and a children's play area.
Always a good time for the ducks is springtime when nesting and mating is very much to the forefront of activities!
Amongst the trees squirrels can often be seen.
Here we are at Red Rocks - so called because of the red sandstone of course.
They say on a clear day you can see Blackpool tower from here....well I reckon you need sharp eyesight fore that! Anway its a great place for walks along the beach and kite flying
On the way from Chester to West Kirby we stopped at this beautiful old train station. I loved it, it looks like the last passengers have only left from here yesterday ... but I bet the station has been closed down ages ago. There's some more pictures of this station in my travelogue.
On the path just above the coastal one there are some strategic benches for the view across the Dee estuary here -stunning view, especially in the early evening for sundown.
Some body else also had this opinion as there is a memorial plaque for a local resident on the bench pictured here who coined this place "God's little acre.
Oh and btw for you wise guys out there its not called God's little acre cos my hubby is siting on that bench in the pic!
Between the beach path and Red Rocks are a few fenced off marshy ponds. This is where the endangered natterjack toads can be found. They can be distinguished from other toads as they are smaller and have a yellow stripe on their back and they tend to run as opposed to hop with their shorter legs.
I've rarely seen one as they tend to sleep in sand burrows during the day and come out at night to feed on insects.
The other side of the sailing club (far end of the marina) is a road (Macdonna Drive)that leads past the house to a small parking area.
Here there are two paths to choose from:
one goes along the shore - make sure the tide is our though ;-)
the other leads across the hill (level path) with lovely views of the Dee estuary.
..and here's a closer view of those Red Rocks. In the distance you can see the north wales coastline.
There's also a lovely path just above the beach which leads to red rocks and further on to Hoylake - great for a Sunday afternoon stroll.