On a beautiful spring day in the Wirral, I was joined by Graeme, Keith and Carol, Judith, who lives locally, and Philip, who I last saw nearly twenty years ago and who has been threatening to come on one of these walks ever since he retired a couple of years ago. I'm glad he enjoyed the outing.
We started this route from Jen Darling's 'West Cheshire and Wirral' book (another route that I'm checking for an updated edition) from Station Road in Burton, where you can park beside the Dee estuary and admire the views over to Moel Famau, some twelve miles away in the Clwydian hills.
We strolled along the road to the picturesque village of Burton, passing the RSPB's Burton Point Farm, and pausing at the pretty and well maintained copse (pictured above - click on any image for a better version/slideshow) where an ancient spring was originally called 'Patrick's Well, but by the 19th century it had become known as Hampston's Well, after a family that had lived in Burton since the 16th century.
The water here possibly served Iron Age settlements, then Anglo-Saxons around 900AD. More recently, records indicate that it was cleaned each year, and able-bodied men were required to help, or be fined sixpence!
There are some lovely cottages in Burton.
We turned left up The Rake to enter Burton Wood, above the village.
Then it was a case of simply meandering down to the Dee estuary and turning left along a busy path shared with other walkers and cyclists, many of whom had stopped at the tearoom of Denhall House Farm. It was busy. Lots of well spaced picnic tables. We were only a short way from the cars, so we decided against a drinks break here, and headed back for lunch at our starting point, with a superb view across the estuary into Wales.