Harold Edgar Young in 1909 writes:
"Once you are across the lynx the countryside is fairly entered, and you will find a curious old road stretching out infront,
consisting of roughly cut and dressed stones, much worn with continual trampling, for they have occupied their present
position for many centuries. It is certainly a very interesting roadway, and meeting a man well advanced in his years coming
towards Prenton, accompanied by a little girl, i asked him what manner of road it was. I had reason to regret my question, for
i had started him on his subject".
"This he said, evidently much surprised at my ignorance, is a Roman road, and was built and travelled by the Romans in Wirral
more than two thousand years ago". He gave me such a string of arguments in favour of his theory that he fairly beat me
down, and it was only a little after a little time that i was able to exclaim...
"But its not mentioned in Roman Cheshire ?"
"Not mentioned in Roman Cheshire" he retorted, "What of that, What do these fellows know who write books ? They don't live
in the neighbourhood. Now iv lived in Birkenhead all my life".
This was his last and clinching argument and i escaped. A little further up i enquired again from a young man, and a
pedestrian who seemed to know the country well.
"Oh"said he, "These are called the monks steppingstones, and they used to come all the way up from the Monks Ferry which
is close to the priory at Birkenhead. They go up top one of their old churches, the ruins of which you will find in a farm yard
After examining the road Edgar Young writes:
"I came to the conclusion that the old Prenton and Storeton Road was neither made by the Romans nor the Monks, but by the
sensible dwellers in Prenton and Storeton in far off days who were averse to trampling through mud".
Also Exploring Prenton W Ferguson Irvine writes:
"Our way from Prenton to Storeton lies along an ancient lane popularly called Monks Stepping Stones, also sometimes called
the Roman Road. Both names are quite misleading. That an occasional monk may have stepped along these stones is quite
probable, and there can be little doubt that sometimes a stray Roman may have used this very lane nearly two thousand
years ago, but it has no more right to either name than any other lane in the neighbourhood. These stones were probably
placed in their present position some time in the Middle ages, just as stones were put in any miry spot, when the locality could
afford it, in other parts of the country. They were mainly used by the heavily laden horses that carried merchandise from
village to village in the days before wheeled traffic became possible".
In 2007 Wirrals own version of its Time Team Peter France & John Emmet discussed the findings as stated the
"The lane known as Roman road has been dismissed as the genuine article because slabs forming a pack horse track are
visible along its course. However where the line of the lane and the Roman road merge, the Roman road surface still exists
about half a metre below the slab, so perhaps the lane has been named correctly after all".
The path in question has gone by many names,
Roman Road or Monks Stepping stones or Pack
Horse Lane. The path is small winding track
leading from Prenton Dell Road to Little Storeton
Lane, cutting through the golf club and
The origin of the pathway has been the subject of
much debate over the centuries and still continues
to elude us to a precise date or builder.
To explore the path there are two routes. The
first is through Prenton Entering at the Saddle
Club and then cutting through the golf club. The
only snag with this is that the golf club is private
property and that where the two path ways meet
is usual an impassible mud bath.
The other option is to enter at Little Storeton at
the end of Levers Causeway. At first the path is
wide and is usual quite rough. I would not advise
travelling this route if it has been raining. On my
journey it was dry day but as i entered further
down the lane i was approached with more and
more boggy obstacles. Having finally gotten
across 4 or 5 pools of mud and water the path
finally closed in and the canopy of trees rises over
your head encircling you; immediately you get the
feeling that you are entering somewhere very old.
As i made my way down the lane i came across to
large stones on my right hand side. Both of them
had strange inscriptions on them and had clearly
been placed there for a purpose, after several
minutes i could not figure out their purpose and
decide to move on. After a minute or so i came
across the beginning on the stones, several
random smooth stones lying in the floor infront of
me. As you continue you, the stones become
more generic and eventually i came across
evidence of several sections of the stone path.
The stones seem to have worn a lot over the
years but can be seen never the less. The walk
takes no more than 5 minutes in suitable weather.
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