Wander, stroll or walk in West Kirby this winter

06 December 2022
Front facing view when walking down to West Kirby. Stone wall on left hand side with fields, road on the right hand side and a view of the water and hills ahead.

We’ve pulled together our top five walks in West Kirby and the surrounding area for you to enjoy this winter.

Whether you are looking to stretch your legs, exercise the dog or just fancy a wander around the town centre, see which of our favourites takes your fancy.

Image of a small section of row of shops including a bookshop and a gelato shop. A planter is in the front of the photo for In Bloom.

1. West Kirby Town Centre

Wander through the streets of the town, enjoy a spot of shopping, stop at one of the many eateries to enjoy a bite…maybe a hot chocolate and a mince pie to really get into the festive mood.

A more relaxed walk suited to the cooler weather – or when a downpour appears out of nowhere.

Duration: Can be altered depending on suitability to the group

Scale: Easy

Jetty onto West Kirby Marine Lake

2. West Kirby Marine Lake

A popular leisurely walk that stretches the border of the marine lake from West Kirby to Red Rocks at Hoylake and remains open whilst the flood wall construction is ongoing.

The 1.5-mile-long path is a flat walk giving an opportunity to take in the fresh sea breeze and can end with a nice warming hot drink from West Kirby Sail Loft or one of the many other hospitality venues in the town.

Duration: 20mins

Scale: Easy – Medium

The start of the Wirral Way path in West Kirby.

3. Wirral Way

West Kirby also happens to be the entrance to Wirral Way – a 12-mile, mainly flat, and traffic-free path through Wirral’s countryside and one of the borough’s most popular walking routes. Whether you are up for walking the full 12-miles and taking a tour of the borough by foot, or you are just after a half-a-mile stroll – this path can be used for a range of walks – all as enjoyable as each other.

Duration: Can be altered depending on suitability to the group

Scale: Easy – Medium

Avenue of trees in Ashton Park in West Kirby. Autumn yellow and orange leaves are on the trees and on the ground.
Ashton Park - just one of the beautiful places to see along this walk through West Kirby and Caldy.

4. West Kirby and Caldy Hill

If you’d like a longer walk, why not take in the sights and combine some of the ‘must-see hotspots’ of West Kirby with a longer walk, totalling about 4 miles.

The varied walk, starting from West Kirby, takes in Grange Hill and Caldy Hill both with spectacular views of Liverpool Bay, across to the Pennines one way and North Wales the other, then dropping down into Caldy village, onto the Wirral Way and around the Marine Lake, and back to West Kirby.

The walking route starts from West Kirby Train Station so is perfect if you are travelling to the area by train. If not, parking is available in West Kirby Concourse car park.

Get the full route on Visit Wirral.

Duration: 2-5 hrs

Scale: Medium - Hard

View whilst walking out to Hilbre Islands. Sand one the floor, blue skies above ad the island ahead.

5. Hilbre Islands

The unique Hilbre Islands are three tidal islands - Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre - and are designated as Local Nature Reserves. At low-tide, you can walk out to the islands from West Kirby beach – and you might even be lucky enough to capture a glimpse of some of the wildlife that lives there as well as the incredible views. Grey seals haul out on the sandbanks and fish around the island and you may even be fortunate enough to spot a Purple Sandpiper or two feeding by the old lifeboat slipway.

It is important to take time to plan your journey before heading out on a walk to Hilbre – check the tides times, wear appropriate footwear and be mindful that the island has no shops or drinking water, so you’ll have to wait until you get back to West Kirby itself for that slice of cake and refreshing drink. During the winter, be aware that it might also be muddier and slipper and that it gets dark earlier. With the fading light, give yourself time to walk back (leaving the islands at least an hour before sunset).

Check tide times and get more information about Hilbre Islands on the council’s website.

Duration: 3hrs (1hr to walk out, 1hr on the island, 1hr to walk back)

Scale: Medium - Hard

Close up of a Purple Sandpiper bird walking along a rock. The bird has grey and white feathers and yellow legs, feet and beak.
A Purple Sandpiper, a rare and real winter speciality of Hilbre. Only about 15-20 of these birds visit the island. They like to hang out on the tide edge by the old lifeboat slipway.