10 Best Dog-Friendly Walks on the Wirral

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If you’re looking for great places to take your dog for a walk on the Wirral, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you prefer coastal views, woodland trails, or open fields, there’s something for everyone here. So grab your lead and let’s go!

1. Royden Park Circular Route:

This is an easy woodland walk that takes about an hour and 20 minutes to complete. You’ll pass by a lake, a miniature railway, and a walled garden along the way. Your dog will love sniffing around the trees and bushes. There are some roads and horse fields where you’ll need to keep your dog on a short lead, but otherwise, they can roam free.

2. Leasowe Lighthouse Coastal Path:

This is one of my favourite evening walks on the Wirral. It’s a flat walk along a concrete path that follows the coast from Leasowe Lighthouse to Hoylake Beach. It’s not too strenuous but long enough to feel like you’re getting some good exercise. The sunset views from here are stunning, and I love hearing the sounds of the waves as I walk.

3. Hilbre Island:

This is a bit of an adventure for you and your dog. You’ll need to check the tide times before you go, as you can only access the island by foot at low tide. It’s about a two-mile walk across the sand from West Kirby Beach to reach Hilbre Island, where you can explore its wildlife and history. Be careful not to disturb the seals that live there though!

4. Marine Lake West Kirby:

This is another easy walk that’s perfect for beginners or older dogs. It’s a circular route around Marine Lake in West Kirby that takes about 40 minutes to complete. You’ll get lovely views of the lake and its boats, as well as glimpses of Hilbre Island in the distance.

5. New Brighton Beach:

If your dog loves the sand and the sea, this is their place! New Brighton Beach is one of the most popular dog-friendly beaches on

the Wirral. You can let your dog run free along the wide stretch of sand or splash in

the water (just watch out for jellyfish!). There are also plenty of cafes and pubs nearby where you can grab a bite or a drink afterwards.

6. Thurstaston Hill:

This is a more challenging walk that will test your stamina and your dog’s agility. It’s a steep climb up Thurstaston Hill from Thurstaston Common, but once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with amazing views over the Dee Estuary and beyond. You can also explore Royden Park at the bottom of the hill if you have time.

7. Vale Park:

This is a lovely park in New Brighton that has something for everyone. There’s a playground for kids, a bandstand for music lovers, a fairy village for fantasy fans, and plenty of grassy areas for dogs to play on. There are also regular events held here throughout the year, such as festivals, markets, and shows.

8. Wallasey Beach:

This is another great beach walk ideal for dogs who like to swim. Wallasey Beach has clean water and soft sand, and it’s usually quieter than New Brighton Beach. You can also visit Wallasey Village, where you’ll find some quaint shops and cafes.

9. West Kirby:

West Kirby is one of my favourite places on the Wirral, and it has plenty of options for dog walking. You can stroll along the promenade by the marine lake, head over to the beach orHilbre Island, or venture into Ashton Park or Caldy Hill if you prefer more greenery. There are also many dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in town where you can relax after your walk.

10. Woodside:

Woodside is a historic area in Birkenhead that offers some interesting walks along the waterfront. You can admire the views of the Liverpool skyline across the Mersey, watch the ferries come and go, or visit the U-boat Story museum if you’re into history. There are also some nice gardens and sculptures along the way