Stretching for around thirty miles to the coast, the Mersey Estuary is perhaps best known for Liverpool’s spectacular waterfront and the Mersey Ferry. But there are many other hidden gems along its shores, including waterside parks, sandy beaches and poignant reminders of the days of steamships and sail.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide provides suggestions for places to visit along the estuary, from its upper reaches in Warrington to where it meets the sea at New Brighton and the Sefton Coast.
Along the way, the book calls in at Widnes, Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, Liverpool and Formby Point, and includes an interesting mix of walks and cycling routes, ranging from a couple of hours to a full day out.
What I Thought:
Another non-fiction selection today and a trip to the North West to take in Kevin Sene’s excellent The Mersey Estuary.
My husband’s family is from Liverpool, so it’s the place that I know perhaps a little better than others, but still there was plenty in this guide to learn and interesting places to bookmark and visit when Covid-19 allows!
Although when you mention the Mersey, people’s minds turn to Liverpool and the famous ferry, the whole course of the Mersey features ancient and modern historical sites that are worth seeking out and Kevin Sene has selected the best to view via walking and cycling routes in the area.
As a for instance, did you know that the remains of the first wet dock in the world (built in 1715) can be viewed under the Liverpool 1 shopping complex? The industrial heritage doesn’t end there, with information on the development of docks and ship building from Birkenhead to Widnes and Manchester and the author provides a wide range of links and publications for you to research further, or develop your own visits to the area.
Aside from the the historical aspects of the guide it is, after all a travel guide, so there is lots of information on indoor and outdoor activities that can be undertaken in the area, aside from the described walks, and a whole chapter dedicated to the wildlife you might see on the Mersey, thanks to clean-up efforts in recent years.
The guide is crammed full of maps and photos to help you plan your visit to the area, all indexed so that you can dip easily in and out of the guide, depending on the area you wish to see. I read the guide straight through, but I think I will get much more out of it once we select a specific area and look at those pages in more detail.
For a comprehensive guide to Mersey and surrounding areas, you couldn’t get much better than this and I look forward to using the book as a starting point for future excursions – Covid-19 allowing!!
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide is published by Matador.
KEVIN SENE is a scientist and writer with an extensive knowledge of the maritime history, wildlife and environment of the estuary, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Now based in Edinburgh, he is a regular visitor to the area having lived in Warrington for many years, and also posts articles on the Mersey Estuary, Cumbria and beyond at https://www.meteowriter.com.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.