Our pick of the best places for walking in Wirral

Published: 4 December 2023

On the Wirral we are blessed with stunning coastlines, with beautiful rolling countryside in abundance. So, whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it here. Below, we list our favourites.

Wirral Way

This traffic-free path winds for around twelve miles through the Wirral Country Park and along the coastal estuary of the River Dee, following the old route of the Birkenhead Railway.

Starting at Ellesmere Port near Chester and heading north to West Kirby, it’s a beautiful route that takes in woodlands, meadows, heathland and pretty coastal villages like Parkgate.

Wirral Coastal Path

Beginning at Seacombe Ferry then along Egremont Promenade towards New Brighton, Wirral coastal path offers wonderful views across the River Mersey to the famous Liverpool waterfront. The Walk then continues along the Irish Sea coast of the Wirral Peninsula through the North Wirral Coastal Park to Hoylake and then onto Red Rocks, where the Dee Estuary meets the Irish Sea. It continues past West Kirby Marine Lake onto the Wirral Way, finishing at Thurstaston Visitors Centre and Country Park.

Wirral Country Park

Wirral Country Park is perfect for a family day out, with picnic areas, a modern visitor centre, cafe, barbecue area, bird hide and miles and miles of glorious countryside. From dense woodland full of badgers and foxes, to the sixty-foot high, boulder-clay cliffs that overlook the Dee Estuary, it’s a magical place full of contrasting landscapes.

Hilbre Island

People have been walking out to Hilbre Island at low tide for decades. It’s a beautiful stroll and a great way to see rare water birds and waders. In the summer you’ll also spot the distinctive heads of grey seals watching you from the water. Just be sure to check the tide levels before you head out there via this link: Hilbre Island Tide Times | Tide Times

Royden Park

This large parkland area is a firm family favourite, with lots of open spaces ideal for picnics or simply letting the kids run free. There’s a walled garden to explore and, on the weekends you can jump on board a popular, steam-powered passenger train.

Bidston Hill

With its peak at two hundred and thirty one feet, this hundred-acre park is one of the highest points on The Wirral. Lose yourself in miles of unspoiled heathland and woodland or seek out historic buildings including a windmill, observatory and a lighthouse. There are some famous ancient rock carvings to be found too.

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