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West Kirby

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West Kirby is on the Wirral in Merseyside.

West Kirby is a small town on the Dee estuary. It has views across to Wales and Hilbre Island and a rare Marine Lake.

Caldy, Hoylake and Meols are adjacent villages along the coast.

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Map of West Kirby


Walk out to Hilbre Island or its smaller (and closer) outcrop, Little Eye (be VERY careful of tides - read guidance on signs near boathouse, at end of the Marine Lake).

The Marine Lake can be viewed from the lengthy Promenade, which has parking, plus benches to enjoy the often busy sailing activity.

The Old Village is quite pretty; visit St. Bridgets church, maybe walk through Ashton Park, which straddles the Wirral Way, itself a lengthy stroll along the bed of an old rail branchline, with fine views.

  • 1 Ashton Park, Westbourne Rd, CH48 4DH (about 10 minutes walk from West Kirby Station). The most northerly point of the Wirral Way. free. Ashton Park, Merseyside on Wikipedia Ashton Park, Merseyside (Q16834524) on Wikidata
  • 2 Wirral Country Park, Station Road, Thurstaston, Merseyside TH61 0HN (The 22 (and 22a) bus routes run to Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston from Chester via Willaston, Neston and Heswall. The Wirral Way can be accessed from Hooton Train Station, where there is a gate on top of the bridge crossing the railway track. This is now the start of the Wirral Way at this end as it was extended from Hadlow Road to make it easier to access by train from Liverpool via the Merseyrail system. The Wirral Way is very popular with pedestrians, dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists.). Wirral Country Park features a 12 mile footpath following the line of the old West Kirby to Hooton Railway line offering superb views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. Today it is a must for a family day out and it's facilities include Visitor Centre, Bird Hide, Toilets, Picnic Areas, BBQ area, Café, and Green Shop. The Green Shop contains an information and sales desk where you can pick up leaflets, guides, books of special interest and information staff will be happy to assist you. You can access the beautiful beach from the bottom of Station Road or Tinkers Dell Steps. Wirral Country Park on Wikipedia Wirral Country Park (Q8026982) on Wikidata
  • 3 Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial. Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial on Wikipedia Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial (Q5922844) on Wikidata


Walk to Hilbre. Walk, run, cycle or horse ride the Wirral Way. Amble in Ashton park. Cycle to Liverpool along the coast path. Idle in one of many independent cafes.

  • Wirral Sailing Centre (Marine Lake), South Parade, CH48 0QG, +44 151 625-3292. Visit West Kirby. A Edwardian seaside town which is unspoilt by modern chains and offers views across to Wales and Hilbre Island as well as Coronation Gardens and a rare Marine Lake walk.
  • Sand yachting in Hoylake.
  • 1 Royal Liverpool Golf Club. founded in 1869 Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Wikipedia Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake (Q2180101) on Wikidata
  • Go swimming at West Kirby Concourse, The Concourse, Grange Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, (1 minutes walk from West Kirby Station) CH48 4HX.


  • Hoylake RNLI Open Day, with the Red Arrows flight displays, End of August, North Parade, Hoylake (about 10 minutes walk from Hoylake station), CH47 2BB.


Really good bacon from Clarke's the butchers.



Try the inevitable Wetherspoons, inside the old Dee Hotel, near the rail station - actually better than it used to be, when it was a 'real' pub!

Or, probably better, walk a few hundred yards up the hill, to find the White Lion pub, which is quite small but friendly & interesting.

Think the (in)famous Moby Dick is now back in action, after a period of closure but haven't been there yet - this is in the Old Village area.


Peel House is nearby.

Or, a bit further away, but easy in a car, stay at the Green Lodge pub in nearby Hoylake - reasonably priced, with pub-chain restaurant.


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