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Top 5 reasons to join the Wirral Walking Festival

4th April 2017

Categories: News

The fifth annual Wirral Walking Festival will take place throughout the month of May and with two bank holidays in this month, there are even more opportunities to enjoy a walk. The festival is a series of exciting and varied walks across the Wirral Peninsula, taking in the parks, open countryside, coast and heritage sites, where you will find something for everyone!

Laburnum Arch, Ness Gardens
Ness Gardens Laburnum arch wirral walking festival

1. Spring at its best
With many acres of countryside, Wirral has to be one of the best places to enjoy springtime and all those beautiful flowers in full bloom. Choose from walks which will uncover some spectacular sights, including:  Wildflowers in the Woodland at Eastham Country Park; Bluebells Galore at Dibbinsdale; Rhododendrons in Park Wood at Bidston; Flower Walk at Port Sunlight River Park; and there are a few guided walks at the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens where the Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and enchanting Laburnum arch are not to be missed.

Hilbre Islands
HIlbre Island Wirral walking Festival

2. Beautiful Coastline
Wirral Peninsula is so-called because it is surrounded by water on three sides. Its 25 miles of coastline offers natural beauty and memorable views that will have you reaching for your camera time and again.
The Coast to Coast walk takes you from South Wirral, through Raby Mere and all the way to Eastham Country Park. Alternatively, take an evening stroll to the islands of the Hilbre Archipelago on the Sunset Walk to Hilbre, where you will learn about the islands’ maritime history and look for some of the fantastic wildlife that makes Hilbre its home.

Port Sunlight cottages
Port Sunlight Wirral Walking Festival

3. History
History buffs will enjoy seeing the rich past of Wirral brought to life with these walks throughout the borough: visit the Thermopylae Pass and the original site of Bidston Court before seeing the Bidston Windmill, the Observatory and Lighthouse on the Bidston Hill walk; Bromborough Pool – The first garden village delves into the past of Price’s Candle works and the surrounding village; the Oxton History Walk will uncover the characters and events which make it the place that it is today; and the Workers cottages around Port Sunlight gives you two fantastic opportunities to explore different styles of housing and stories of the people who lived in these homes.

Sea bird Wirral

4. Get back to nature
Wirral Peninsula offers a haven for wildlife of all kinds and you will get some great opportunities to see some up close while on a guided walk.
• See bats in Brotherton Park or Port Sunlight River Park
• See and hear a variety of songbirds followed by a delicious cooked breakfast at the Burton Marsh Birdsong and Breakfast
• Look out for migratory birds and colonies of grey seals during the Sunset Walk to Hilbre
• Bioblitz is a weekend of finding and recording as many plants and animals as possible, including a Family Fun Nature Walk

Wirral Country Park
Wirral Country Park, Wirral Walking Festival

5. Health
Along with the obvious health benefits of all these walks, such as being in the great outdoors, the fresh air and meeting new people, there are also a range of specific Health Walks. These are free weekly walks for all, especially those new to walking. From Birkenhead to West Kirby and for beginners to more advanced walkers, you can make new friends while enjoying the beauty of Wirral with trained walk leaders.


Find out more about the Wirral Walking Festival and download the brochure.

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We would love to see any photos or videos you take during the festival. Please tweet your picture to @visit_wirral and use the hashtag #wirralwalkfest or mention www.facebook.com/visitwirral

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