Time: Walk starts at 10:30 a.m. at Inglenook Farm.
Take 3rd exit towards St Helens A570 (Rainford by-pass).
At the 2nd roundabout after the motorway (approx. 4 miles from the motorway) go all the way round the roundabout on to the other side of the dual carriageway (you are now going back the way you came).
In a short distance turn left into Inglenook Farm and park in the car park.
We walk on field paths to Siding Lane Nature Reserve and then onto Rainford Linear Park.
This passes through the length of Rainford on a firm path with views. We can follow the roads back to Inglenook Farm or continue to walk uphill to join a path across fields to return for tea.
Hoylake to West Kirby
Tuesday 1st February 2022
Leader: Gill Hickmott
Map: OS Expl.266
Grid Ref: 897226 (Hoylake Station – car park)
Walk distance: approx. 7 miles
Optional (9miles circular back to Hoylake)
Distance from Crosby: approx. 17 miles
Journey Time: 35mins by car, 1hr 6mins by train
Start time: 11.05 a.m. from Hoylake Railway Station
Hoylake Walk - brief
Blundellsands Train Station 10.05 am – please adjust for your nearest Station
Central station 10.35 Wirral line West Kirkby train arr. Hoylake 11.02 am. Toilets in the station.
POI = Points of Interest
Walk out of the station toward the roundabout along The Kings Gap to the beach past the Green Lodge and St Hildeburgh. Story boards at the beach.
Take the footpath on the left. Walk towards West Kirkby – POI Red Rocks to the right and Lighthouse on the left. Walk over the Red Rocks turning left into the sand dunes. POI Natter Jack toads etc. Golf Course on the left and views of Hilbre Island, Big Eye and Little Eye and Wales on the Right.
At the beginning of the prom there are toilets also in Morrisons. Walk to Coronation Gardens, South Parade and have lunch/snack on the benches. You can get a coffee at Tanskeys. Walk past the West Kirkby sailing club up Hilbre Road. Walk along Sandy Lane up over the Bridge On the right is York Ave and the steps down to the Wirral Circular Trail. Walk along the footpath to Caldy Car Park.
At the road turn left up Burton Hey Road. Cross over the road and join a Bridle Path, at the end of the path cross Caldy Road to Caldy Church Past Manor Farm and Caldy cottage. Bridle path by the side of the cottage. Walk up the path POI Door knocker half way up the path.
Cross over the road to another bridle path woodland paths are closed either side. Take the path on the left at the top turn right ‘ridge walk’ muddy path gorse bushes either side.
Walk up the stairs to the Viewing Point wall on our right follow the path down. Stay on the lower path to the Column POI. The footpath is behind the Column to the road. Walk down the road to the West Kirby Station which is the end of the walk. Train back to Hoylake Station, 1 stop.
Alternatively, those of us who feel energetic may wish to walk back to Hoylake, a further 2 miles along the road or slightly longer back along the beach.
Remember to bring your train pass. All day train tickets are £5.50