Wirral’s diverse landscape is perfect for outdoor adventures so whether you are walking around the coast or a local park or green space, there is plenty to enjoy.
National Walking Month is the perfect time to head out on some of your favourite walks, talk with like-minded people or explore a new walk or group to get involved with.
If you are planning on going on an adventure this May, here are some of our top tips for new walkers:
Decide on a route
Whether you have a walk you’d like to do or are looking for somewhere new to explore, Visit Wirral have developed some of the borough’s top walking routes to help explore the scenic elements of the landscape.
Be water aware
When visiting the coast or an inland water beauty spot, be aware of the dangers around water such as tide times and what to do should you find yourself, or others, in a dangerous situation. More information about tide times can be found at www.wirral.go.uk/hilbre
In an emergency call 999 or 112 or 000 and ask for the Coastguard (coast) or the Fire and Rescue Service (inland).
Additional water safety advice has been shared by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and more information about what to do in an emergency can be found online at www.rnli.org/safety and on the Royal Life Saving Society UK website.
Knowing your route can help if you get into difficulty, so you can identify where you are if someone needs to find you.
If you don’t have a pre-planned route, take a map or consider installing an OS locate app on your phone or using an app like what3words. What3words has divided the world into 3m squares and given each square a unique combination of three words - easy to say and share, and as accurate as GPS coordinates. For example Wallasey Town Hall is media.drift.flow
Remember to take a fully charged phone with you, wear suitable shoes and clothing and prepare for all weather by packing a raincoat and sun cream.
In case you’d like to stop at a café for a takeaway coffee or mid-walk treat, packing a face covering and some hand sanitiser will mean you won’t have to miss out on that slice of cake.
Look after the beauty spots
The Countryside Code is a guide designed for visitors who are exploring the countryside. It includes the rules you must follow when you’re enjoying parks and waterways, coast and countryside. You must follow the signs in the countryside that tell you where you can go and who can use the right of way.
It’s available to read online or download as a PDF leaflet. To read the countryside code, please visit the government's website.
When visiting beauty spots around Wirral, make sure to only leave footprints behind by putting any litter in one of the bins provided or taking it home with you if the bin is full.