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Wirral Country Park

LOCALITY: Heswall, Cheshire
DISTANCE: Greater than 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, There & back, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, T
oilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Wirral & Chester / Caer

Walk description:

Exit the M53 at Jct. 3 and take Woodchurch Road (A552). Turn left onto (Arrowe) Park Road (A551) at mini roundabout turn right then first right into Thingwall Road East this will take you into Thingwall Road, at T junction turn right into Thurstaston Road, at cross roads go straight on into Church Lane at T junction turn right onto Station Road, Wirral Country Park is on the left before the bridge at the bottom of Station Road. For sat nav users CH61-0HN.

This was the first country park to be set up back in 1973. This particular section makes use of an old railway line so is ideal for wheelchairs. This is not the only access point, but has good facilities close to hand.

The views across the estuary to North Wales are stunning, and even though popular it is a place of calm. Wirral Country Park is a place of contrasts. Badgers and Foxes hunt the quieter parts, birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in winter, and you may see up to 10 kinds of butterfly in summer.

Additional notes:

Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre at Thurstaston is open all year round and contains an information and sales desk where you can find out what's on, pick up leaflets and books of special interest or simply talk to the Rangers or Information Staff. You can buy refreshments at the adjacent snack bar, use the toilets or visit the bird hide and small exhibition area. Outside again, relax, play, picnic, horse ride or go for a stroll. Keep your eyes peeled and there's always something to see, whatever the season.

More info can be found on local council site (Wirral) and Cheshire County Council site.

11/07/2008 | Walk posted by andrew ellis

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