Heswall Dales Walk
This town on the Wirral is a great place for walkers with fine coastal trails and a lovely local nature reserve.
This walk visits the Heswall Dales and Cleaver Heath Nature Reserve on the western side of the town.
There's some pleasant footpaths on the reserve with lots of interesting sandstone outcrops and a variety of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for Lizards, moths, butterflies, badgers and foxes as you make your way over the heathland paths. Flora includes pretty heather, woodland scrub and western gorse.
The elevated position of the reserve also means there are fine views over the River Dee to enjoy from the high points.
You can easily extend the walk by heading south to pick up the popular Wirral Way and exploring the splendid Wirral Country Park.
PostcodeCH60 6SN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Heswall Dales Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Heswall Dales OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Heswall Dales Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Heswall
- Wirral Circular Trail - Explore the beautiful Wirral Peninsula on this circular cycling and walking trail
- Wirral Way - This is a terrific walk or cycle ride that runs along a pleasant traffic free path through the Wirral Countryside and along the coastal estuary of the River Dee
- Wirral Country Park - Enjoy fabulous views of the Wirral Peninsula in this delightful coastal country park
- Thurstaston Common and Coast - This walk explores Thurstaston Common before heading to Wirral Country Park on the coast
- Royden Park - Enjoy a peaceful stroll through Royden Park and Thurstaston Common on this lovely walk in the Wirral
- West Kirby - This coastal walk on the Wirral Peninsula takes you from the town of West Kirby to Wirral Country Park and Thurstaston Common
- Birkenhead Park - This large town in Merseyside is located on the Wirral Peninsula, along the west bank of the River Mersey, opposite the city of Liverpool
- Caldy Hill - Explore 250 acres of woodland and heathland on this lovely walk on the Wirral Peninsula
- Hilbre Island - Visit this beautiful island and nature reserve off the coast of West Kirby and enjoy some fabulous coastal scenery
Head into the town and you could enjoy some post walk refreshment at the Jug and Bottle. The attractive inn includes a cosy interior and fine menu. Outside there's a large decking overlooking the surrounding gardens with glimpses of the Dee Estuary and North Wales through the trees. You can find them on Mount Avenue with a postcode of CH60 4RH for your sat navs.
The heathland trails are ideal for a dog walk so you may bump into other owners on your visit. The Jug and Bottle mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Follow the coastal trail north and you could visit Thurstaston Common and Royden Park. In this area there's woodland, heathland and a viewpoint at Thurstaston Hill. There's lovely views over the Dee Estuary, the city of Liverpool and the Welsh coast from here. There's also the noteworthy Thor's Stone, a photogenic sandstone outcrop.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks and the Wirral Walks pages.