Spring in to action this May and take part in Wirral Walking Festival. The annual event, co-ordinated by Wirral Sports Development and Active Wirral, highlights the range of walks that take place in the peninsula, from short strolls to energetic rambles.
The walks are all completely free, suit all ages and abilities and many are accessible to people with limited mobility.
Fiona Hanik, Wirral Walking Festival Co-ordinator said, “After a difficult few years due to the pandemic, walking has never been so important in people’s lives. We’ve seen more and more people getting out locally to help them stay fit and healthy, which is wonderful to see.”
“Our walks include everything from culture and heritage walks, to coast and countryside and are organised by our amazing volunteers, who always offer a warm welcome. If anyone is looking to exercise more and meet new people, join us this May!”
Why walking is good for you:
- Walking regularly is great for your health and fitness
- Your mental health improves with regular exercise too
- Walking is free and accessible to all
- Walking groups are a good way to meet new people
- Walking gives you the perfect opportunity to explore Wirral
FIND A WALK NEAR YOU:
Below are some of the organised group walks that take place every week in Wirral:
Birkenhead Park Walk: This walk is 2-3 miles long, through the park and Grade 1 listed landscape, and there are slow and fast walks available. Meet at the park’s visitor centre every Sunday and Monday (including Bank Holidays), 11am-12 noon.
Wallasey Village Library Walks: A variety of walks, 1.5 – 2.5 miles long, every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), Wednesday & Friday, 11am-12 noon, starting from the library on St Georges Road.
West Kirby Walk: A beautiful 1-2 mile coastal route every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) and Wednesday, 12 noon – 1pm. The route also crosses the Wirral Way and there will be a well-earned coffee afterwards! Meet at the bus stops outside West Kirby Concourse.
Bromborough Library Walk: A variety of walks to Dibbinsdale or Eastham Country Park, every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.30am – 11.30am. The walks range in length from 2-3 miles. Meet at the library on Allport Lane.
Port Sunlight River Park Walk: Walks between 1 and 2.5 miles with great views over Wirral and the River Mersey, every Tuesday from 10.30am – 11.30am. Meet in the car park, Dock Road North.
Wallasey Evening Walk: An enjoyable evening stroll every Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Walks range from 0.7 miles to 2.5 miles. Meet at Grove Road Station.
Arrowe Park Walk: A fast walk between 2.5 and 3 miles long, with stunning views, every Tuesday from 10.30 – 11am. Meet near the golf course outside the Red Rooms Café.
Port Sunlight Walk: Soak in the atmosphere of the Grade II listed historic garden village with this enjoyable 1.5 walk every Wednesday from 11am – 12 noon. Meets at Port Sunlight railway station, near the bowling green.
Wallasey Faith and Climate Walk: A guided walk around places of worship and sites of environmental interest in Wallasey Village to find out how faith groups are acting in the Climate Emergency. Different faiths will be represented on the walk, and we will use reflections from Laudato Si’. The 3-mile, circular walk is mostly on pavements but there are some grass paths and slight inclines. Assistance dogs only, please. For more information, please contact Anne Litherland at [email protected]
Royden Park Walk: A memorable 3 miles walk with ancient rock landscapes and stunning views, every Thursday from 1.30am to 3pm. Meet in the car park near the toilets.
Vale Park Walk: A 30-minute walk for those living with and beyond cancer, every Thursday from 12 noon – 1pm, with coffee afterwards. Meet by Community House in Vale Park, New Brighton.
To take part in a walk, just turn up at the designated meeting point 10 minutes early. If you have any questions about the walks listed above, call 0151 929 7823 or email Wellbeing Walks Co-ordinator Fiona
More ways to enjoy walking this Spring
As well as organised group walks, there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy walking in Wirral:
Nordic walking: An energetic walk with poles, that works the upper body and reduces pressure on joints. Meets at West Kirby Concourse every Wednesday, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. This class costs £5.80 but is free to Invigor8 members.
Buggy Park Fitness: If you’re a parent and you’re looking to get back into shape and make new friends, Buggy Park Fitness is for you! There are classes at Birkenhead Park, every Monday from 12.15pm and Bebington Oval, every Wednesday from 1.15pm. Bring your pram – no babysitter required! This class costs £5.80 but is free to Invigor8 members. For more information, visit the Buggy Park Fitness Facebook page
And if you prefer walking on your own: A range of beautiful self-guided trails are available to download at visitwirral.com