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Wirral Way

19 km / 12 miles

The Wirral Way is a path on the track of an old railway that goes from West Kirby to Hooton in mid-Wirral offering superb views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. Originally the railway formed a circuit of Wirral and this is the missing link.

It is situated within Wirral Country Park. Wirral Country Park is a place of contrasts. Birds nest in the dense hedges or feed on the berries in winter, and you may see up to ten kinds of butterfly in summer. From the boulder-clay cliffs look out over the Dee Estuary across its 31,500 acres to the Welsh shore, 5 miles away, and on a clear day you can see the familiar outline of Moel Famau in the Clwydian Hills. The estuary's ever-changing light, broad vistas and westerly sunsets reflected in the mudflats and the sea are a constant delight.

OS Explorer map 266 shows all of the route while only a small part of the route is covered by map 265.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
The Wirral Way is part of Route 56 of the National Cycle Network.
Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Coastal; Industrial History
SJ213870 - West Kirby Railway Station, Wirral, Merseyside
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SJ349782 - Hooton Railway Station, Wirral, Merseyside
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Wirral Country Park: Wirral Way (Thurstaston Visitor Centre)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
B & B Accommodation
The Hazels Farm B&B  (bookable online)
5 Km
18 Km
B & B Accommodation
Mere Brook House  (bookable online)
4 Km
19 Km

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Route Profile:

19.6 Km (12.2 miles)
115 m (377 ft) ascent
57 m (187 ft)  maximum height