Once the most important port in the area - far bigger than Liverpool - Parkgate is now stranded behind the marshes, overlooking Wales across the Dee Estuary.
This particular November Sunday, by the time we emerged from a tasty roast at the Ship . . .
the sun was setting (and you can just make out the twinkling lights of Wales ) . . .
but, undeterred, we still managed our amazing Nicholl's ices - yes, on a November evening - outside!!
and had it still been light, this is what the wonderful Nicholls looks like: