The Estuary’s status as a place of mystery and legend was assured by Charles Kingsley’s poem The Sands of Dee which tells the tale of Mary and her death on the estuary. It captures the melancholy of the treacherous deserted flats and shifting sands. Rumour is that she can still be heard calling the cattle home to this day. It is a warning to treat the estuary with respect. Whether in summer or winter the estuary has a feeling of mystery with many stories to tell.
Other nearby sites
The botanical gardens of the University of Liverpool are world renowned. The highlight is in spring with the Laburnum Arches. Ness Gardens
Wirral Country Park
Running for 12 miles up the Wirral Peninsula and including attractive beaches the Wirral Country Park is on the site of a former railway line. Featuring wild flowers, it is now popular amongst walkers, cyclists and horse riders, much of which runs along the coast. www.wirral.gov.uk