GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Parkgate Circular Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This fine circular walk explores the village of Parkgate on the River Dee estuary. It's a splendid place for a stroll with great views across the marshes and a wide variety of birdlife to look out for. This includes huge numbers of wildfowl and waders. Keep your eyes peeled for grey herons, egrets, peregrine falcon, merlin, hen harrier and short eared owl.
The route heads along the Parkgate Parade and then follows a section of the Wirral Way cycling and walking trail. It's a flat, easy walk with great views of the village parade on the coastal section and lots of wild flowers and butterflies along the disused railway line.
To extend your walk you can head north along the Wirral Way to Wirral Country Park for more great views across the estuary.

Parkgate Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Parkgate Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Boat House is located in a great spot on the reserve. They have a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy some seafood with fine views over the estuary. You can find them at 1 The Parade, CH64 6RN.

Dog Walking

The estuary is a great place for a dog walk and the Boat House mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles to the north there's Heswall Dales to visit. The nature reserve is another great place for wildlife with pleasant heathland trails, pretty heather and fine views from the elevated position.
Just to the east is neighbouring Neston where you can further explore the Dee Marshes and visit the Ness Botanical Gardens. There's 64 acres of beautiful gardens with show gardens, Victorian-style potager, Alpine house and cafe to see here.

Photos

View across the River Dee marshes from South Parade - geograph.org.uk - 1137931

View across the River Dee marshes from South Parade

Beyond South Parade - geograph.org.uk - 1137994

Beyond South Parade

The Old Watch House - geograph.org.uk - 380808

The Old Watch House

Channels on the saltmarsh, Parkgate - geograph.org.uk - 132244

Channels on the saltmarsh, Parkgate

The Ship Hotel, Parkgate - geograph.org.uk - 131995

The Ship Hotel

Towards The Old Baths, Parkgate - geograph.org.uk - 132235

Towards The Old Baths

Parking and Picnic Site, Gayton Sands Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1431646

Parking and Picnic Site, Gayton Sands Nature Reserve. This is one of the quietest spots on the Parkgate front, situated just north of The Parade. This image looks northwest along the shoreline of the silted River Dee. The brick wall separates dry land from the silted marshland, with about a two metre drop down onto the marsh. In the distance, the path leads towards Gayton Cottage.

The Boat House - geograph.org.uk - 1500600

The Boat House

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Parkgate Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)