Walking the Mersey from source to sea

16 thoughts on “Walking the Mersey from source to sea”

  1. Gerry: my unfulfilled but less romantic project plan has been to do the same with the river of my boyhood – the Alt! Rising under Huyton Church, collecting debris and effluent along its short length, marking a no-go borderline for a boy from Page Moss, now partly landscaped and municipalised for a stretch with the moniker Alt Park, and at its mouth (could the Alt have a mouth?) washing the feet of a row of Gormleys. I don’t think I’ll find a publisher!

  2. Kevin – I crossed the Alt on the canal walk (http://wp.me/poJrg-hT) and I’ve pottered about at its muddy mouth (http://wp.me/poJrg-ny). So it does have one. I wouldn’t be so sure about publishers’ lack of interest. It would mine the same seam as Paul Farley’s Edgelands (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edgelands-Michael-Symmons-Roberts/dp/0224089021/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310986034&sr=1-1) or Richard Mabey’s Unofficial Countryside (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unofficial-Countryside-Richard-Mabey/dp/0956254551/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310986034&sr=1-3).

  3. Hey Gerry,
    I can not reach some of the images that you have posted. Too bad.
    I really want images of very ancient Liverpool. Clear images that are readable.
    On my site (listed here) are images I have already.
    2 old images, on your site would make a nice addition to my collection.
    Also I can not read the address for Sheila M Powell who might have
    the originals.
    I hope you connect me to those images
    I went to school at Liverpool U. My mom was born Liverpool. I am now in USA.

    1. Hugh, I’m unclear which image you are referring to – and on what page of my blog it appears. The only image on this page is the map of the Mersey and its tributaries. If you can be more precise I’ll try to help.

  4. Hi Gerry, I like your blog. I decided to explore the Mersey too and have visited a few bits of it over the last two damp summers, including the Goyt/Etherow confluence. I’m walking round Longdendale lakes tomorrow with my daughters. I’ve lived in Wallasey, Liverpool, Sale, Ashton on Mersey, Heaton Mersey and Chorlton cum Hardy – never far from the Mersey. As well as exploring the three main tributaries, I’m following all the brooks here in South Manchester as they disappear under culverts and tunnels reappearing with different names in another parish. Your blog is further inspiration. Thanks. May the sun shine on this year’s walks. copland smith (poet etc)

    1. Thanks for your kind words, sir. Like me, you have strayed far from the Mersey! I like the sound of your explorations of the river’s tributaries – they would make an interesting blog!

  5. Hi Gerry,
    I am a student at Sheffield Hallam and I am studying the Mersey for my dissertation and I would love to be able to ask you some questions via email if that would be okay?
    Kind regards,

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