In April I went up to Liverpool to see friends, and as well sampling the delights of Mowgli, and taking a ferry cross the Mersey, we also visited Parkgate on the Wirral.
It was a gloriously sunny day and we crossed the river for a beautiful and scenic drive south towards this small village on the west side of the peninsula, facing Wales and the River Dee.
Parkgate’s importance in the area grew and shrank from the gradual silting of the Dee over time. It grew when a new port was needed further downstream from Chester, and then shrank as the continued silting of the river eventually moved shipping away from the Dee to the Mersey.
Towards the end of the 18th century the village was also popular as a bathing destination, but the silting of the river became so severe that marshland covered the riverbed next to the town. Nowadays, only seasonal high tides bring the river to Parkgate.
A thirty minute drive from Liverpool, Parkgate is now a commuter village full of beautiful houses and fantastic views across to Wales. The prices aren’t bad if you are a Londoner but even this might be a bit much for anyone!
After a drink or two at The Boat House we meandered down to the village itself for a super duper ice cream from Nicholls ice cream parlour. Then it was general silliness and photos. 😀
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Chester or Liverpool area. 🙂