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Wirral Way (Section 6) - Davenport Road Heswall to Thurstaston

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Wirral Way (Section 6) - Davenport Road Heswall to Thurstaston
Park West (Off Davenport Road)
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
England
CH60 9JP
Phone: 0151 648 4371 / 0151 648 3884
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The Wirral Way follows a disused Birkenhead railway line from Hooton to West Kirby, it originally opened in 1866 as part of a joint project by two railway companies, the Great Western Railway and London North Western Railway. It closed in 1962 and in the early 1970’s the route of the branch line was chosen to create Wirral Country Park, Britain’s first such park and the route of the Wirral Way cycle path. The 12 mile path meanders through various settings including open countryside, woodland, towns, villages and golf courses and has some stunning views. We have researched it in eight smaller sections so that it is possible to pick and mix sections to try from the various parking areas along the route. It is worth noting that all sections of the trail are shared with cyclists, dog walkers and occasionally horse riders (although a bridle path normally runs alongside the trail).

This sixth section of the trail is 2miles long (in each direction).
 
The trail starts in a residential area but eventually goes into open countryside with great views of the Dee Estuary and the North Wales coast. There are many fields with horses in and also many birds and small animals on the trail. 
 
It has a good, mainly level surface but does puddle in inclement weather. In the first mile there is only one seat but after that there are many.
 
If you prefer not to use the on street parking our researchers used at Davenport Road, an alternative starting point for this trail is in Banks Road which has a car park.
 
The toilets are located at Thurstaston Visitor Centre, however there are alternatives at Heswall Library in Telegraph Road or at Tesco’s. Our researchers also used the kiosk at Thurstaston visitor centre for refreshments which serves tea, coffee, ice cream and drinks during the summer and school breaks. There is also a vending machine at the centre which offers tea, coffee and snacks all year round. At the entrance to the visitor centre site there is a cafe but unfortunately at the moment it is not wheelchair accessible apart from the outside eating area, although those tables have limited access too. 
 
The visitor centre itself is situated on a bank and has a fairly steep path to access it however it is worth a visit as it contains toilets, information point, shop for bird watching accessories and a bird hide etc. Outside there is a pond that has an accessible path all the way round. It has a picnic area and a short path to a view point over the Dee estuary, well worth a visit for the views. There is an overflow car park that again has a fairly steep ramp. For more accessible information on the visitor centre please click here to view its listing.
 
For details of the other seven sections of this trail please use the links below:
 
Wirral Way (Section 1) - Hadlow Road to Hooton
Wirral Way (Section 2) - Hadlow Road to Lees Lane
Wirral Way (Section 3) - Lees Lane to Station Road Neston
Wirral Way (Section 4) - Station Road Neston to Parkgate
Wirral Way (Section 5) - Parkgate to Davenport Road Heswall
Wirral Way (Section 7) - Thurstaston to Caldy
Wirral Way (Section 8) - Caldy to West Kirby

 


Level 1 Facilities

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Trail type

  • linear trail

Arrival

  • hard surfaced car park (On Street or Banks Road Carpark)
  • wheelchair access to entrance

Trail information

  • good maps and signage
  • seating along route
  • hard surfaced paths

On - site facilities

  • Wheelchair accessible toilet / toilets on site (Thurstaston Visitor Centre, no lateral transfer)
  • wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • room for carer/carers in toilet
  • easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • easy access to wash basin
  • grab rails in toilet

Refreshments

  • Level / Ramped wheelchair access to cafe/tearoom (Kiosk and vending machine at Thurstaston Visitor Centre)
  • sufficient wheelchair access to tables
  • wheelchair accessible picnic area