1. West Kirby
West Kirby is a great seaside day out. There is public parking by Morrisons right at the beach or you can park right along the promenade. West Kirby is also easily accessed by train. The station is a five minute walk from the beach. With an abundance of Cafe’s there is always something to eat, or for a totally free day out why not bring a picnic. There is a beach, dune path and marine lake all which provide ample opportunities for walks. If you really want to go for it you can check tide time tables and walk over to Hilbre island for the day. Really do your research on this one though as the window for walking out needs to be adhered to as the sea can sweep in and cut you off. If the beach is too much then why not check out Ashton park.
2. Chester River Walk
Chester is a beautiful city. Most visitors do the walk around the city walls, which is great but not really pram friendly. I like to go down to the river and take a walk along to the racecourse. Alternatively the park is also fantastic. There is a cafe, adventure play area and a miniature rail way. Obviously being a park there are plenty of open spaces to throw down a blanket and have a picnic.
Closer to Whitchurch is Ellesmere, not to be confused with Ellesmere Port. This is a lovely mere with good parking and an abundance of ducks willing to relieve you of any bird feed you may have about your person. It has a great cafe and restaurant (where duck feed can be purchased at £1). the restaurant is mid to high range for price, but the cafe has sandwiches and cakes. There is plenty of space for a picnic and a great playground to keep the kids amused when they tire of the ducks.
4. Delamere Forest
Delamere Forest has to be one of the best know attractions in this part of the world. There are many trails to chose from, including the Gruffalo trail. I took a pram with me when I last went and had no problem navigating the route. There is a segway route, bike trails and for older kids, a treetop adventure. There is plenty of parking and a cafe for those who wish to buy refreshments.
5. Canal Walk
The Shropshire Union Canal winds it’s way through Cheshire and is walkable on many stretches. We love the section from Grindley Brook to Whitchurch. The canal is great year round but especially in the summer when it is busy with holiday makers enjoying the canal in canal boats. I usually take the pram and have no problem on the tow path, it is partially paved but mainly a dirt path. The canal bank is right against the path so for young children you may want to keep them in the pram. There is a cafe at the Grindley Brook end along with minimal parking. At the Whitchurch end there is a larger car park but the path to the canal is reasonably steep but navigable with a pram.
6. Tam O’Shanter’s Urban Farm
Tucked up on Bidston Hill, Tam O’Shanters Farm has all the usual farm animals from ducks to horses. It is run by a charity on donations, so whilst free to go in it is nice to leave a donation. Kids can come face to face with animals, food can be purchased so you can feed the animals too. There is a cafe, picnic area and a small slide. Great for an hour or two, and can also be teamed with a walk on Bidston Hill to stretch the legs. open every day of the year but Christmas.
7. Vale Park & Beach
Vale Park is on the other side of the Wirral in New Brighton, on the banks of the Mersey. It runs down to the beach. Vale park is a bit of a gem. It has weekend entertainment in the form of music through the summer, including a children’s “Joy Time”. The park itself has a playground, flower garden, cafe and a Fairy Village which has been built and maintained by a local gentleman and friends. They also are responsible for the life-size driftwood pirate ship “Th Black Pearl” which can be found on the beach close to the park. Children love the Fairy Village and the ship and both are popular local attractions.
8. North Wirral Coastal Park
Just outside of New Brighton close to Leasowe is the North Wirral Coastal ParkNorth Wirral Coastal Park. This is a beautiful stretch of beach and dunes which is also a nature reserve. This is a popular dog walking spot for locals and a lot quieter than the more popular beaches of New Brighton. It is a fair drive from the main road, but there is a reasonable amount of parking along the sea wall. It is also worth noting that there are not many facilities in the area so bringing a picnic is advisable if you want to eat when you are here.
9. Royden Park
Royden Park is close to Frankby on the Wirral. It is one of our favourite places for a walk. During the week it is reasonably quiet populated mainly by dog walkers. On Sundays during good weather between 1-4pm two miniature railways run, one with open carriages and the other on a raised rail. The woods themselves have a duck pond near the trains, please used duck seed not bread, and go from pine to hardwood areas. You can walk onto Thurstaston common from Royden Park. Thurstaston is a red sand stone heathland that has fantastic views across the Wirral and to Wales, it has plenty of places to climb for young adventurers, particularly Thor’s Rock.
There is good parking, although it does get busy on weekends. They have just started charging for parking at Royden Park. Near the car park is a cafe, it is very low key and seating is in an open courtyard. Opening onto the courtyard there is a barn that often has exhibitions and also has toys and books for kids to play with. Toilet facilities are basic but clean.
10. Wirral Way
The Wirral Way is a pathway that is 12.2 miles long and stretches from West Kirby to Hooton. It once was a railway line but has since been converted for leisure use by cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians.
We like to park at the visitor centre at Thurstaston and walk towards West Kirby (although we don’t go quite that far). The path on this stretch is a cinder path so good year round. It is an easy walk with a pram and has some beautiful views to Wales as you approach Caldy.
There are a couple of cafes, and plenty of parking. Access is by car or bike as no public transport goes this direction, although you could catch the bus and walk from the main road, but that is a walk in itself.