A beautiful warm sunny April Sunday, and we decided to make the most of the weather and go for an explore with friends and family on the Wirral – a small peninsula just below Liverpool that we do not know that well (despite living so close to it).
We headed to the Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston, situated on the Wirral’s Southern coast. This was Britain’s first ever designated country park, and the web site promised far-reaching views across the Dee Estuary to the Welsh hills, beaches and grassy meadows – and it really did not disappoint.
We arrived at lunch time to find that a lot of people had the same idea as us on this warm sunny Sunday – however there was ample parking for everyone (and the parking was free which is always a bonus). We ended up in the overflow car park which is a series of little fields, and seeing as it was lunch time (and we did not fancy the prospect of carrying 2 toddlers and all of our picnic along on our walk), we decided to have our lunch in a quiet corner of the field – away from all the cars. It worked perfectly as we had a nice spot for a picnic (the hedges were full of flowers and blossom) and the little ones had a huge expanse of grass to run about on – they even thought they saw some dinosaurs at the bottom of the field – who knew there were dinosaurs on the Wirral!
We headed off to explore the park – from the visitors centre (this offers toilets and baby changing) we set off across the pretty meadow which was full with families picnicking and playing games in the sunshine and within 5 minutes got to the cliffs which gave us beautiful views along the coast and beaches and out across the river Dee. Accompanied to the sound of excited toddlers chanting “seaside, seaside” we set off along the cliff tops to try to find a way down to the beach.
The pretty walk took us along grassy paths over the cliff tops. It then turned through a shady wooded area and across a few bridges (which the boys loved) before it finally dropped down to the beach. We definitely picked the right time of year to visit as everything was in flower and looked so pretty in the sunshine. Due to the steps and uneven terrain this is probably not a pram friendly walk.
The boys loved the beach. Lots of pebbles and shells to collect and throw into puddles.
We probably could have spent a good hour on the beach exploring but out of nowhere a freezing wind had picked up and it was really cold (despite the pictures looking warm). It looked like you could do a return walk along the beach, however not having a map and getting colder by the second we decided to return the same way we had come (maybe something to try on our next trip). This park is really exposed to the elements so i really suggest taking layers, just in case the weather changes.
In all i think the walk we did along the cliff tops and down to the beach was probably just under a mile in distance. It is mainly flat along the cliffs and through the wood, but there are quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Our two-year old’s managed a good deal of the walk themselves but did need carrying a little bit of the way.
We ended the walk back up in the fields around the visitors centre with an ice cream for the boys. This area (set back from the cliffs) is all set up for picnics with permanent brick BBQ’s dotted around the fields – we are already planning a return trip with a group of friends to have a BBQ and take the footballs. Due to its position near the cliffs, I reckon this would be a fab spot to fly kites in windy weather – maybe on our next visit?