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Walkers ready to embark on Wirral festival

30th April 2014

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Wirral Walking Festival
Wirral Walking Festival

The second annual Wirral Walking Festival begins tomorrow (May 1st) with no fewer than five different walks taking place on the first day alone.

In total, 102 walks are scheduled throughout the month of May as part of the festival, with something to suit all ages and abilities.

A full list of the walks can be found in the eye-catching brochure which has been produced.

Brochures will be available across the borough in the likes of libraries, One Stop Shops, visitor centres and other tourist attractions, but it is also available to download from the Visit Wirral website. 

On the first day, tomorrow, there is a 4 ½ mile circular walk taking place this morning from the Irby Mill pub, culminating in a pub lunch at the well-known hostelry. There is also a walk taking place within the grounds of Flaybrick Cemetery led the Wirral History and Heritage Association on which will focus on many of the military graves that exist in the cemetery.

Members of the Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village are hosting the first of four walks they have planned as part of the festival on 1st May. The Public Gardens of Port Sunlight takes place from 2.30pm – 4pm and will take in the trees, bedding displays and the two areas on English Heritage’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England’ - The Dell and The Diamond.

Two of the regular scheduled walks – the Walking For Health walk at Royden Park and Buggy Park Fitness at Birkenhead Park – are also taking place tomorrow to conclude a busy first day of the festival.

Other highlights throughout the month include on Sunday, a very early morning walk through Wirral Country Park to mark International Dawn Chorus Day. It is a 4.30am start for those who wish to join the Rangers for a walk around the park to listen to resident and newly-arrived migrant birds burst into song. If you have them, bring a pair of binoculars.

The annual Wirral Coastal Walk takes place on Sunday 11th May, while on Wednesday 14th May at Birkenhead Park, one of the park rangers – Paul Sinclair – will lead a walk looking at the many features of Birkenhead Park that influenced the design of New York City’s Central Park. Paul is currently on a two-week exchange visit to Central Park with his colleague Paul Davies and will come back armed with fresh knowledge and first-hand experience of the links and similarities of the two public parks.

For details of all the walks planned as part of this year’s festival, go to www.visitwirral.com/walkingfestival

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