There are so many fabulous walks on the Wirral to choose from. There are long ones, short ones, walks for the experienced and walks with views, there really is something for everyone, including families. Here are just 5 of our favourite family friendly walks on the Wirral that we think everyone should try at least once.
Royden Park is located in Frankby. It has a large pay and display car park with plenty of spaces and I would advise paying for at least 2 hours to let you explore everything it has to offer. Royden Park is the perfect family friendly walk as it has a little bit of something for everyone, making it a very popular place for a walk on the Wirral. You can follow the circular path which takes you from one side of the car park on a circular loop and brings you back out at the opposite side. This path will take you over a mix of terrains including through woodlands, heathlands and via the walled gardens. Children especially love walking through Royden Park as there is always something new to discover from a mini bridge, to little streams, even a tree swing pops up from time to time. It is a great place for families that want to let their children burn off energy and if the walk hasn’t tired them out enough then you can always take a football and play in the large field next to the car park before you head home.
Royden Park also has the cutest miniature railway where you can actually ride on the trains. It works on donations but don’t worry if you haven’t got any change on you as they do have a card machine. The train operates at different times throughout the seasons so it’s worth checking the website before you head over, although most weekends you will find it open between 1-4pm.
There are a few benches across the park so remember to pack your picnics and make a day of it, or stop off at the farm shop and cafe that will you pass on the walk and treat yourselves to some delicious lunch.
The Wirral Way
The Wirral Way is not only a popular Wirral walk but it is also loved by cyclists and horse riders too. It is a flat path making it pram friendly and best of all it is closed to public transport making it traffic free and safe for little ones. The Wirral Way starts in West Kirby and finishes in Hooton, it is a 12 mile walk from end to end although most people, especially when walking with families, will only do small sections of it at a time.
New Brighton Promanade
If your family love nothing more than a beach walk or a walk with a sea view then once again you will find some beautiful walks on the Wirral that fit the bill. One such walk is along the New Brighton promenade where you can walk two miles along the coastal path. This walk is pram friendly and you will also find numerous attractions along the way from shops to restaurants, arcades to mini golf and not to mention some wonderful historical sights such as the Fort Perch Rock and the RNLI wall mural. If you want to make this walk longer then you can carry on towards to Seacomb in one direction or as far as Hoylake in the other, just bare in ind that if you do head towards Moreton or Hoylake that you will go across a few patches that are grass and sand making push chairs a bit harder to manoeuvre.
Eastham Country Park
If you like forest walks then Eastham Country Park is the one for you. It is situated on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey and is surrounded by wonderful views of the estuary as well as the woodlands themselves. You can follow the paths around the park and spot the wildlife that lives there. Once finished there is a cute little coffee shop just across the road where you can refuel before heading home.
Located in West Kirby is Hilbre Island, the now uninhibited, unbridged tidal island. You can walk out to the island from West Kirby beach across 2 miles of sand. First you will come to Little Eye, the first island, where you can stop to climb and explore and then carry on to Hilbre itself. Once up on the island there are plenty of things to see including the houses that used to be occupied and, if you’re lucky, lots of wildlife including seals, before you head back across the sand to shore. The whole walk takes roughly 3 hours and it is not suitable for prams. However, if your children are happy to walk or be carried then this is one of the best walks on the Wirral in terms of uniqueness and sense of adventure. Just remember to check the tide times as when the sea comes back in it does so quickly and you don’t want to get caught out!
All 5 of these Walks on the Wirral are worth a visit. They are family friendly walks and great for getting some fresh air on a Sunday afternoon. Each one offers something different but the one thing they all have in common is that they offer a wonderful insight in to what the Wirral is all about, natural beauty.