Wirral peninsula is home to a long stretch of stunning coastline. In no particular order, here are our top 5 destinations and local recommendations for a great day out at the beach, all a short walk from Merseyrail Wirral line stations.
The last station on the Merseyrail north Wirral lines and still only 30 minutes from Liverpool City Centre, West Kirby is a popular choice and it’s easy to see why. As well as the small but beautiful beach there is the unusual marine lake that is surrounded by water on three sides, providing stunning views of the Welsh Hills as you walk between the water.
If you have double checked the tide times before you set off, you can walk to Hilbre Island, home to rare wildlife, birds and if you are lucky you may also spot a grey seal popping it’s head up in the water.
A leisurely walk down the beach from West Kirby will bring to you to Red Rocks at Hoylake, an area of extraordinary rust coloured sand dunes, great for paddling and looking for wildlife. Hoylake beach itself is a little quieter than West Kirby, so the perfect spot for a walk by the sea or building sandcastles. Before you head home make sure you head to Yog Bar, 3 minutes from Hoylake station and famous for its frozen yogurt with the most ridiculously delicious choice of toppings!
New Brighton is the destination that has everything you could need for a day out. With a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and award-winning ice cream there is no need to settle for sandy sandwiches here. New Brighton also hosts a bowling alley, cinema and the largest indoor play area in the UK, Bubbles World of Play. Our favourite thing about New Brighton though is the amazing views of Liverpool from the beach.
If all you need is a wide expanse of sand for the kids to run around on or to enjoy a walk by the sea then head to Meols beach. At low tide the sea recedes a long way revealing plenty of space for you to enjoy a day at the beach. When the tide is in a strip of single beach remains and the promenade still provides a perfect route to walk and breath in the sea air.
Our top tip is to walk a little further west from West Kirby station and you will be rewarded with Caldy beach. The walk will take you past West Kirby’s marine lake and then to one of Wirral’s most beautiful villages with many panoramic view points over the River Dee. Once you have taken in the views wander down the railed walkway to the beach, a favourite with locals but not well known to tourists.
It is important to follow key safety advice when visiting any beach:
- Check tide times and only swim within the yellow and red RNLI flags
- Be aware of soft mud. If you get into difficulty and can't see a lifeguard call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
- If you get into trouble in the water lie on your back and relax, resisting the urge to thrash about. If possible raise your hand and shout for help.