The Wirral Coast Path on the North West coast of England has some pretty impressive scenery. Fortunately, it’s on our doorstep.
One particular favourite of ours is Seacombe to New Brighton, not least because it’s flat.
Flanked by the River Mersey with stunning views of Liverpool’s waterfront and bay, this gentle walk is an excellent introduction to the Wirral coast path.
Seacombe is also a drop-off point for the world-famous Mersey Ferry, so if you’re staying in Liverpool, it’s an easy excursion away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Wirral Coast Path Walk
Keep the river on your right from the Seacombe terminals and keep walking. It couldn’t be any more straightforward, and there’s no need for directions. Just bimble along the pedestrianised promenade and enjoy the scenery.
This imposing structure is an air vent for the Mersey Tunnel. There’s a set on either side of the river.
Pause to watch fishers land their catch, admire the skyline and ponder the history of this mighty river.
The walk from Seacombe to New Brighton is approximately 2.5 miles, and don’t forget you’ll need to walk back, so a 5-mile round trip. In all honesty, if you take it slowly, it doesn’t feel like that distance.
There’s so much going on the walking is almost immaterial as you engage in a spell of people watching.
The River Mersey never ceases to amaze me. In days gone by, it’ll have been the lifeblood of Liverpool, a vein running through the city without which it wouldn’t survive!
Although still used as a port for cargo, the river has taken on a whole new meaning.
Cruise ships from across the globe, pleasure craft negotiating the swirl, water sports competitions and art installations are commonplace.
You’re more likely to meet a tourist than a docker, thanks to massive investment and regeneration on both banks of the Mersey.
But it’s not all about the business of tourism. Catchy songs aside, the river holds special memories for us locals.
I have many memories of walking along this prom as a child. To me, this was abroad!
New Brighton was Disneyland with its flashing lights, loud music from the funfair and constant yet unmistakable smell of doughnuts and candy floss. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine pushing the love of my life along here some forty years later!
After about a mile and a half, you catch the first glimpse of Fort Perch Rock (my kids used to call it Archie’s Castle). This image is New Brighton in a nutshell.
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