October 17 – A 5 km Walk along a section of the Wirral Way

A Brilliant Walkway

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Today we decided to go for a walk on part of the Wirral Way. The “Wirral Way” is a 12-mile countryside path which follows the route of the former Birkenhead Railway route from West Kirby to Hooton. The old line, which closed in 1962, follows the River Dee estuary for 7 miles between West Kirby and Parkgate and then heads across the Wirral to Hooton. The Wirral Way was a branch line of the Birkenhead Railway, which was formed on 1st August 1859.  The branch line from Hooton to Parkgate was opened on 1st October 1866, and this line was extended to West Kirby on 19th April 1886.  The line closed to passengers in 1956, and to freight in 1962. The Wirral Country Park was the first designated country park in Britain and is based around the Wirral Way. Work started on the park in 1969, and the park was formally opened in 1973 by Lord Leverhulme. Thus, 2013 is the 40th anniversary of both the Wirral Country Park and Wirral Way.

The fifteen geocaches that we did along the railway line were all well designed and were well looked after and most were not too difficult to find. We walked about 5.74 km during the return trip. It was a lovely autumn afternoon and the old railway line was amazing with its hand adzed rock walls were up to six or seven metres in places.