GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Birkenhead Park Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This large town in Merseyside is located on theWirral Peninsula, along the west bank of theRiver Mersey, opposite the city ofLiverpool. The town includes a significant public park which is a great place for an easy stroll. There's lakes, woodland and pretty gardens to visit on a series of surfaced footpaths. Birkenhead Park is the first publicly funded park in the UK. It is also notable as the inspiration for the most famous urban park in the world – Central Park in New York.
The area is also architecturally significant with a number of notable listed buildings. Look out for 'TheGrand Entrance'which was designed byLewis Hornblowerand is located at the northeast corner. The piece consists of three arches flanked by lodges and is inIonicstyle.
The photogenic Swiss Bridge spans the pretty lake and is unique as being the onlycovered bridgeof traditional wooden construction in the UK. There is also aPavilioncalled the Roman Boathouse next to the lake, the upper storey of which was originally intended to be a bandstand.
The park includes good facilities with an excellent visitor centre and cafe for refreshments after your walk.
To continue your walking in the area, head west to Bidston Hill. Here you will find 100 of acres heathland and woodland with historic buildings and ancient rock carvings. At the western end of the town there's Arrowe Country Park with wildflower meadows, ponds, a lake and a brook attracting a variety of wildlife.


CH41 4HY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Birkenhead Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Birkenhead Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Birkenhead

  • Bidston Hill - This walk in Birkenhead explores 100 of acres heathland and woodland with historic buildings and ancient rock carvings
  • Arrowe Country Park - Explore 250 acres of open parkland and deciduous woodland in this country park in Birkenhead
  • 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 theRiver Dee
  • Heswall Dales - This town on the Wirral is a great place for walkers with fine coastal trails and a lovely local nature reserve.
  • 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
  • Parkgate Circular Walk - This fine circular walk explores the village of Parkgate on the River Dee estuary
  • Storeton Woods - This walk explores Storeton Woods in Birkenhead on the Wirral.
  • Port Sunlight - This fascinating model village on the Wirral Peninsula has a number of Grade I listed buildings and a delightful riverside park
  • Eastham Country Park - This park is located on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey, profferring fantastic views across the estuary
  • Neston - This Wirral based town is a great place for riverside walks and wildlife
  • New Brighton - This Wirral based town has become a popular place for visitors
  • North Wirral Coastal Park - Enjoy a cycle or walk around this super coastal country park in the Wirral

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Located nearby on the north eastern tip of the peninsula there's the popular town of New Brighton where you'll find a lovely beach, a 19th century fort, a large marine lake and the longest promenade in Britain. The wildlife rich North Wirral Coastal Park is also located in this area.


Grand Entrance, Birkenhead Park 2019

The Grand Entrance to Birkenhead Park, Grade II* listed.

Italian Lodge, Birkenhead Park

Grade II listed lodge to Birkenhead Park, c. 1843 - 47 on Park Road South, Birkenhead. By Lewis Hornblower amd John Robertson for Sir Joseph Paxton. Ashlar faced with Welsh slate roof.

Swiss Bridge, Birkenhead Park 2019-1

Swiss Bridge. Grade II listed footbridge in Birkenhead Park, view northwest across the lake.

Roman pavilion, Birkenhead Park 2019-1

Roman pavilion. Grade II listed pavilion, intended as a bandstand, and boathouse in Birkenhead Park. View across the lake.

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre 2019-4

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre. Front view over the flower bed.

Gothic Lodge, Birkenhead Park

Gothic Lodge, Birkenhead Park

Birkenhead Park 09

Lake and trees view

Birkenhead Park

Footpath to the lake and footbridge


GPS Files

GPX File

Birkenhead Park.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Birkenhead Park.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)