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Walk: The River Birket, Leasowe Lighthouse, & the Coast

Walk: The River Birket, Leasowe Lighthouse, & the Coast

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This walk starts at a coastal car park and goes inland to the River Birket Cycleway. Although the route includes some urban areas, it is still an excellent circular walk along a river bank and then returning along the North Wirral Coast, part sea wall and part sand dunes.

Start: North Wirral Coastal Park/Gunsite car park and picnic area, Green Lane off the A554, Wallasey

Distance: 5 miles, 2-5 hours

1. From the Gunsite car park, walk back along Green Lane which is the track you entered by. Turn first right at the metal gate into Telegraph Land and along the bridleway.

2. At the main road cross over and take the footpath to the right of the Links View garage across the playing fields.

3. When you reach the housing estate, turn right and follow the road round. At Grant Road turn right then first left into Scoresby Road and head towards the grey metal fence.

4. Keep walking along the edge of the housing estate following the metal fence to your left.

5. Eventually at the school you will see the entrance to the River Birket cycleway, turn right along it, then cross the river at the bridge. Keep walking along the cycleway with the river on your right until you reach the main road, Reeds Lane.

6. If returning to Leasowe Railway Station, turn left along Reeds Lane to the trains.

7. Cross straight over Reeds Lane and continue along the cycleway with the river and the confectionary factories on your left.

8. At the main road, Pasture Road, cross straight over to the continuation of the cycle route and walk.

9. Follow the cycleway along the River Birket and at the road turn left to Leasowe Lighthouse.

10. From the Lighthouse go through the car park on the right and up onto the embarkment and sea wall. Turn right along the North Wirral Coastline, with all the spectacular views on offer.

11. After about 500m on your right, there is a kiosk and toilets in the car park adjacent to the sharp bend where Pasture Road from Moreton becomes Leasowe Road towards Wallasey.

12. Continue along the embankment past Leasowe Castle Hotel, a red brick and white building.

13. Shortly after the Golf Club House is a sign at the start of some wooden steps that says "no vehicles, horses or cycles". Take this path that runs parallel to the embankment and onto the sand dunes. Continue down the log steps and bear right across the short boardwalk. Go through the gate and head diagonally across the field back to the car park.

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