As I mentioned yesterday, today we are at West Kirby on the North West corner of the Wirral Peninsula.. This is a busy little town with a great outlook. The town itself has a small population of less than 13,000, but it gets lots of visitors for its beach, its watersports, its shops and its cultural life. It’s also quite close to its neighbouring town of Hoylake – and the golf course there. In this photograph, which I took from near the Sailing Club, we look out across the Dee estuary to the Port of Mostyn and to Talacre in North Wales, if my limited geography knowledge serves me correctly.
If you ever visit West Kirby, try to stay to watch the Sun set over the walkway and the estuary. You get some spectacular sunsets and, with a slightly longer than average focal length, the foreshortening effect makes the Sun look huge against a foreground of the windfarm that I mention a bit later in this post.
From where I took my first photograph near the Sailing Club, I could have walked along the Promenade to the town and its shops, but one of the great things about West Kirby is its Marine Lake which is surrounded by a crescent walkway. I took the shot above from a point just a hundred metres or less as I took the walkway route. In the distance, if you look carefully, you can see Hilbre Island at the very left of the photo and then you will see people walking along the far end of the walkway leading towards the town centre. The jetty in the photograph is used by those who enjoy watersports in the Marina.
Just a few metres further on, but on the estuary side of the walkway, is this other jetty, presumably for those who do their walkway exercise in the estuary itself. Here, again, we are looking across to North Wales.
Above, you get a better view of the walkway itself and of the number of people who choose to walk along it on a cold, cloudy, January afternoon.
Further along still, you will notice that we are at a low or receding tide as we look across again to North Wales.
Please excuse my ignorance, but I have no idea what the red marker pole indicates, but the viewpoint her is Hilbre Island in the distance. I wondered initially if it marked the route of the causeway along which it is possible to walk across to the Island twice a day for a brief visit before the tide returns, leaving unwary visitors stranded for several hours. I was wrong, further along, it was possible to see the causeway quite clearly. So, I still don’t know what the purpose of the marker could be – for navigation perhaps?
The island is home to some amazing wildlife, from rare birdlife to Grey Seals. Visitors are advised to read up about walking to the island before they go: to check the tides; to wear appropriate footwear and to note that the island has no shops, toilets or drinking water.
In this shot, looking carefully, you can also see the windfarm in the distance beyond the island.
As I approach the town end of the walkway, I see that the tide has receded enough for visitors to explore the beach and the view across to the island and the windfarm.
Once I reached the town end of the walkway, I took advantage of the proximity of the large Morrisons supermarket only a few hundred metres away. I was able to buy something to eat and a hot drink in the shop café and afterwards to use the toilets. Really handy after my long day out with the camera. It was also a chance to get warm again so as to prepare me for the walk back to the car.
As I walked along the Promenade, I took the shot above of people still doing the walk around the Marine Lake. On a cautionary note, visitors are advised not to paddle, or to let their children paddle, in the lake because of Weaver Fish.
I was almost back to the Sailing Club – and my car (not one of those in the photo) – when I took the shot above of one of the small jetties at that end of the walkway.
This brings me to the end of my account of a day spent pleasantly exploring a part of a peninsula that is less than an hour’s drive from where I live, yet is an area I rarely visit except for photography trips to New Brighton – a little further on to the North-East.
I chose another photo of the island, taken from the Promenade on my way back to my car. On this shot, the causeway can be seen quite clearly because the tide has receded further.
EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 lens. Shutter speed was 1/15 secs @ f/11 and 55 mm. ISO was 400.