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Thurstaston and Heswall 

Map 1 - Royden Park to Thurstaston Visitor Centre

Map 2 - Thurstaston Visitor Centre to Cottage Lane

Directions: From West Kirby take the A 540 towards Heswall. After the roundabout (1) at Caldy you will see Thurstaston Hill on the left. A good car park (2) can be found just prior to the Cottage Loaf pub, from here you can walk over both Thurstaston Hill (3) and Royden Park (4). Turn right at Station Rd. down to the Wirral Country Park (5) at Thurstaston. There is car parking at the end of the road on the left where Thurstaston Visitor Centre is. If you turn right by the caravan park and carry straight on for about half a mile you end up by the Dee Sailing Club and Causeway (6) where there is a small car park at the top of the cliff. Dawpool Nature Reserve is between the cliff and the Wirral Way.

Walk along the Wirral Way from the Country Park towards Heswall and on the left is a path to the Dungeon Wood (7), carry on through the wood, turn left along the path through the fields with glorious views of the estuary and you eventually find yourself back in Thurstaston Village (8). Continue by car to Heswall on the A540 and shortly after entering the town fork right down Thurstaston Rd. and sharp right down Delavor Rd. which leads on to Banks Rd. At the end is a large car park (9) and access to Heswall shore, with Sheldrakes restaurant to the right. A walk along the beach back towards Thurstaston takes you to Heswall Fields (10), owned by the National Trust , a good view point for observing the birds.

Go back up towards Heswall and at Gayton Rd. turn towards Gayton through Lower Heswall village. Immediately after the shops turn right down Station Rd. and on to Riverbank Rd. where there is another car park (11) and giving an excellent vantage point over the marsh. This car park marks the start of the RSPB Dee Estuary Reserve. Drive further on towards Gayton and turn right which brings you to Cottage Lane (12). Walk towards Parkgate with great views of the marsh on your right.

Heswall has good bus services to Liverpool, Birkenhead, West Kirby and Chester. There is a bus service from the centre of Heswall to the shore at Banks Rd. Map Refs: Car Park end of Banks Road Heswall SJ254815, Wirral Country Park Thurstaston SJ238836.