Wirral has over 1,500 hectares of public open space. Listed below are the main Country Parks.
Arrowe Country Park
Arrowe Country Park comprises some 250 acres of open parkland and deciduous woodland. Another 150 acres is taken up by an adjacent municipal 18 hole golf course and formal areas.
The park woodland conftains many fine examples of Oak, Ash and Beech as well as conifers such as Scots Pine and Cedar.
The Park is not only highly valued for its peaceful pathways and woodland walks, it also has a toddler's play area as well as a children's adventure playground, plus many recreational facilities which include Golf, Pitch & Putt, Tennis, Bowls, Football, Angling, Orienteering and a Horse Track.
For further information about any of these activities, Telephone: 0151 677 7594.
Enjoying the Park
- Please do not drop litter or pick flowers.
- Please follow the Country Code whilst in the Park.
Within the Park you can:
- Picnic, fish, exercise your dog under close control and preferably on a lead. Horses may only be ridden on the horse track which is situated on the west side of the park.
- Swim, practice golf, climb trees, use metal detectors or drive through the park.
Eastham Country Park
The broad-leaved woodland at Eastham Country Park supports a wide variety of wildlife and contains some of the finest mature trees to be found on the Wirral.
The wide variety of berries, nuts and invertebrates in the woodland provide abundant food for birds and in spring the woodland rings with the sound of bird-song. Blackbird, Thrush, Blue and Great Tit, Collard Dove, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Robin, Wren and Chaffinch are some of the more familiar residents. But with patience, Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Long Tailed Tits and the tiny mouse-like Tree Creepers can also be seen.
Most of the animals in Eastham Woods are nocturnal and are active at dusk and dawn. Foxes, Hedgehogs, Woodmice and Weasels may be seen searching for food at dusk and several species of bat hunt flying insects around the woods and surrounding grassland. The familiar Grey Squirrel is the most easily seen mammal, being active during the daytime foraging for food.
The cliffs at Eastham Country Park provide superb sites for viewing the flocks of waders and ducks on the estuary.
Twice daily the tide floods in from the Irish Sea covering the sandbanks, mudflats and saltmarsh.
Eastham Country Park is situated on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey and provides superb views across the estuary with its abundant birdlife and busy shipping lanes.
A Visitor Information Centre, Rangers office and toilets are situated in the courtyard adjacent to the main carpark (coaches welcome). Picnic areas are provided on the open grassland close to the river and in the Tea Garden which serves refreshments and snacks during spring and summer. Two public houses are situated on the riverfront.
How to get there
Eastham Country Park lies approximately 1 mile from the M53 Motorway junction 5) and is reached locally by the A41 (New Chester Road) and Ferry Road via Eastham Village. Public Transport - the nearest Merseyrail Station is Bromborough (approximately 1 mile distance).
A bus services is available along the A41 to Bromborough and Eastham Village to Eastham Ferry. Please ring Merseytravel Telephone: 051-236 7676 for further details.
Further information is available from:
Rangers Office, Eastham Country Park, Ferry Road, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 OBH. Telephone: 0151 327 1007
Wirral Country Park
For over 70 years, from the height of the Victorian era onwards, a busy railway linked Hooton, on the main Chester-to-Birkenhead line, to West Kirby, 12 miles away at Wirral's north westerly corner. For 7 of those miles the line ran close to the Dee Estuary, diverted there, away from his estate, by a rich landowner.
But by 1962 the line was closed. The seaside resorts had long since silted up, the colliery was shut, the farms were being covered by houses, and the car had replaced the train.
For a while the track lay derelict. But in 1973, the old railway line was opened as Wirral Country Park. It was the first designated Country Park in Britain.
Within Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre is The Green Shop. It stocks various leaflets, books, videos and tapes covering a wide range of topics; including walks leaflets, maps and site leaflets.
For more information about an individual park or countryside area, please call Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre on 0151 648 4371