After the downpours of the past 24 hours the thought of waterlogged fields and muddy dogs was too much to bear, so it was off to Formby for a lovely 3 mile wander along the beach, dunes and woods.
After an eventful journey through flooded streets at Croston, where the normally sedate River Yarrow was close to bursting point, our walk began at the National Trust car park at Formby Point. Having crossed the dunes to a windswept beach we found the tide was on the way out this morning and the compact sand was a pleasure to walk on, with the added bonus of being geat for ball obsessed dogs. We headed south, towards Lifeboat Road, passing plenty of other dogs en route, including a similarly playful English Springer.
After a mile or so we reached the high marker post and lifeboat Road. We headed inland, over the dunes, to the car park and followed the wheelchair accessible trail which was clearly signposted to Victoria Road. Passing through old asparagus fields provided a chance for another game of fetch before we wandered through the woodland paths back towards the National Trust car park. The final stretch through the woods was "on lead" to ensure that the inquisitive dog didn't distress any red squirrels although unfortunately there were none to be seen following the recent and ongoing outbreak of Squirrel Pox.
Tired but content we reached the car and headed for home. Passing more flooding at Moss Side and New Longton we were thankful that the rain has at least passed for now, and grateful that waterlogged fields and muddy dogs were all we had to worry about this morning.
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Doggy rating 9/10