Wirral Coastal Walk

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Points Of Interest

Seacombe Ferry - One of the two remaining ferry terminals on the Wirral. Houses the recently opened leisure attraction of ‘Spaceport’.

Site of ‘Mother Redcaps’ - Dating back to 1595, with its remains demolished in 1974, the haunt of smugglers with hidden cellars and caves reputed to connect underground passageways for miles around.

Fort Perch Rock - This little ‘ Gibraltar of the Mersey ’ or the ‘fort that never was’ was built over 150 years ago to guard the Mersey estuary. Originally boasting 18 guns and with accommodation for 100 soldiers, it has never been called on to engage an enemy. It was camouflaged during the Second World War as a tea garden with painted lawns and paths.

Kings Parade - Said to be Britain ’s longest promenade. A training ground for learner drivers.

Leasowe Castle - Built originally in 1593 by the Earl of Derby, it was once known when standing derelict as Mockbeggar Hall. It has been a Convalescent Home but more recently a modern hotel and restaurant.

Meols - The name is derived from an Old Norse word meaning sand dunes. Offshore, there are remains of a submerged forest, indicating that the Wirral Peninsular once extended well beyond its current coastline.
Hoylake - Derived from ‘ Hoyle Lake ’, used in the 17th century as a point of departure for troops on their way to Ireland .

Kings Gap - So called because of its use by William II and his 10,000 men on their way to Ireland to fight the Battle of the Boyne .
Royal Liverpool Golf Club - Founded in 1869 and venue for the 2014 Open Golf Championship.

Hilbre Islands - Once one island but now three joined together only at low tide. A Local Nature Reserve, world famous for its bird watching.

West Kirby Marine Lake - Well known for marine sporting events.
The Wirral Way - Once a busy railway line, closed in the 1960’s but reopened for walkers in 1973 as part of the Wirral Country Park , the first of its kind in Britain . It offers scope for birdwatchers, artists, botanists, photographers, and walkers.

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