On Thursday I went for a walk in Sefton Park.

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Sefton Park was opened in 1872 and covers 640 acres.

This is the Fairy Glen and the Iron Bridge. The bridge is haunted, so I’m told, but I’ll tell you the story on St Valentine’s Day, which is when the ghosts are said to appear…

This is the Boating Lake. Unfortunately there are no longer boats! However, there are swans.

This is the bandstand. Apparently it was the inspiration for the Beatles Sgt Peppers album cover as all the figures were originally crowded into a bandstand.

The pride of Sefton Park is the Palm House, a gleaming three-tiered Victorian glasshouse.

The Palm House was opened in 1896, and there are 3,700 panes of glass. In 1939 the glass was painted in camouflage colours to avoid reflection of moonlight guiding enemy bombers (Liverpool was, after London, the most bombed British city during the Second World War). The glass was shattered by a nearby bomb blast in 1941. By the 1980s the Palm House was derelict. Over the last ten years the Palm House has been restored.

There are a series of statues around the Palm House including Captain James Cook.

By the gates of the Palm House is the statue of Peter Pan.

The Palm House holds many exotic species of plants. Here is the African and Australasian border!

There were lots of dogs being walked in Sefton Park, so I’m sure Chester the Future-Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will love coming for walks here.