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 Merseyside Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Arrowe Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 250 acres of open parkland and deciduous woodland in this country park in Birkenhead. The park also contains wildflower meadows, ponds, a lake and a brook attracting a variety of wildlife. The park is located in the centre of the Wirral Peninsula, west of Birkenhead.
Bidston Hill2 miles (3 km)Explore 100 of acres heathland and woodland with historic buildings and ancient rock carvings. The park includes the 16th century windmill, the grade II listed Bidston Observatory and Bidston Lighthouse. The hill rises to 231 feet so there are fantastic views of the Wirral from the summit.
Croxteth Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This 500 acre country park in Liverpool has a number of fine cycling and walking paths.
Eastham Country Park1 miles (2 km)This park is located on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey, profferring fantastic views across the estuary. Eastham consists of 100 acres of broadleaf woodland with surfaced walking paths and a cycle track. The park has a visitor centre, tea garden and two riverside pubs.
Hilbre Island4 miles (7 km)Visit this beautiful island and nature reserve off the coast of West Kirby and enjoy some fabulous coastal scenery.
The three tidal islands lying at the mouth of the Dee Estuary - Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre are designated as the Hilbre Islands Nature Reserve. You can access the islands by foot from West Kirby at low tide. The safest route to is to start from the slipway at Dee Lane, next to the Marine Lake in West Kirby, walk towards Little Eye, keeping it on your right. As soon as you pass Little Eye turn right and continue on the sand passing Middle Eye on your left. Between Middle Eye and Hilbre take the rough track over the rocks towards the small tidal pool. Once off the rocks turn left towards the gate at the south end of Hilbre. Do not cross direct to Hilbre Island, and do not cross from Hoylake. You must check the tide tables before you go and leave the island 3 hours before high water so you have plenty of time to get back to the mainland.
The islands are fantastic for wildlife with an abundance of wildfowl and waders visiting the estuary. Grey seals can be seen swimming around the island most days and whales and dolphins have also been spotted.
Mersey Way22 miles (35 km)Follow the River Mersey from Warrington to Liverpool on this waterside walk through Cheshire and Merseyside.
The trail is often walked in two stages with the first section running from Warrington to Widnes and passing Paddington Meadows and Victoria Park on the way.
The second stage runs from Widnes to Liverpool, passing the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge and John Lennon airport, before finishing at Garston.
North Wirral Coastal Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this super coastal country park in the Wirral. The park covers 400 acres making it the largest park in the Wirral. There is a super waterside cycling and walking path running along the lovely Wirral Peninsula - you could even continue along it to Wallasey and beyond if you have time.
The park is excellent for birdwatching as the area attracts huge numbers of wading birds, including Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Northern Lapwing, Bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew. The route below also continues to the nearby Ditton Lane Nature Reserve - another great spot for birdwatching.
The park is located very near to Leasowe rail station.
Rimrose Valley Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This pretty park in Crosby sits by the side of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and includes the delightful Brookvale Local Nature Reserve. The park is made up of wetland and dryer grassy areas with an abundance of birdlife including Snipe, Water Rail, Woodcock, Dunnock, Common Whitethroat and Blackcap. It's an ideal place for a peaceful, waterside walk.
Royden Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a peaceful stroll through Royden Park and Thurstaston Common on this lovely walk in the Wirral. There are many trails taking you past deciduous and conifer woodlands, meadows, heathland and the two meres where you will find an abundance of birdlife. There is also an excellent miniature railway which is very popular in the holidays.
You can also climb Thurstaston Hill where there are fabulous views of the River Dee estuary. The hill is also the location of Thor's Stone, a large sandstone outcrop. It is thought that early Viking settlers held religious ceremonies on the site.
Sefton Coastal Footpath21 miles (34 km)This wonderful walk takes you from Crosby to Southport along the beautiful Sefton coastline.
The walk starts at Waterloo station in Crosby and heads to the coast via Crosby Marine Lake. You then head north to Hightown through the Dunes, passing the fascinating Another Place Sculptures on Crosby Beach. The next section takes you to Formby where you will enter the captivating Ainsdale National Nature Reserve. This is a well known spot for spotting the Natterjack Toad in the fabulous scenery of dunes, pinewoods and golden sand. Also look out for Red Squirrels, sand lizards and great-crested newts on this fantastic section of the walk.
The final section of the walk takes you past Royal Birkdale Golf course (home of the Open) and onto the lovely seaside town of Southport with its magnificent pier. The path comes to end shortly after at Crossens.
Stadt Moers Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 220 acres of meadows, woodland and ponds in this splendid country park in Knowsley. There are a series of excellent walking tracks taking you through grassland, marsh areas and young woodland. There is also a cycleway so you could bring your bike too.
The park is located near Prescot, Whiston and Huyton.
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport.
Wirral Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy fabulous views of the Wirral Peninsula in this delightful coastal country park. The park is the first designated country park in Britain, opening in 1973. You can climb the 60 feet high, boulder-clay cliffs where there are splendid views of the Dee Estuary. There are excellent facilities with Picnic Areas, Visitor Centre, Shop, Information staff, Café, BBQ area and a Bird Hide. The Wirral Way walking and cycling trail also runs through the park.
Wirral Way12 miles (19 km)This is a terrific walk or cycle ride that runs along a pleasant traffic free path through the Wirral Countryside and along the coast. It follows the track bed of part of the former Birkenhead Railway route from Hooton to West Kirby
You start off at Hooton Railway Station near Ellesemere Port and head towards Neston entering the lovely Wirral Country Park on the way. The path then heads along the beautiful Wirral coastline passing Heswall and Thurstaston before finishing at West Kirby.





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