Mersey Beat New Brighton to Seacombe return

Mersey Beat – New Brighton to Seacombe & return – approx. 8 miles.

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This is a simple, flat, traffic free, out and back route from New Brighton on the Wirral along the Mersey sea front to Seacombe and back. Approximate distance 8 miles – depending on hpw far along the promenade you start. Besides the obvious historic landmarks on the other side of the estuary on the Liverpool skyline, this route has a lot to offer on the Wirral side – and it’s traffic free.

View to Liverpool across the River Mersey

Park along promenade in New Brighton. Stay at west end (farthest away from New Brighton town centre) to increase route length. Promenade has free parking along most of it’s length (especially away from town centre).

With sea wall on your left, cycle along promenade towards the lighthouse.
The promenade is wide and flat, allowing for relatively easy cycling – although beware of the wind direction – an easy cycle ride one way with a strong breeze at your back can turn out to be a bit of slog back! The route is traffic free – with only the very odd vehicle allowed on the later stages of the ride between New Brighton and Seacombe..

As you start the ride, looking across the river Mersey you can make out the end of the estuary as the river flows into the Irish Sea, with Crosby disappearing around the headland on the left. Various ships can also be seen peeping over the imposing flanks of the dock walls, with industrialised areas breaking up the Liverpool side frontage as it nears the famous Liver Buildings in the city centre as you cycle inland.

Follow the wide promenade down to New Brighton town centre, passing the model boat
pond (usually some activity going on there most weekends) and then the large Marine Lake on your right, with the “Rock” lighthouse on your left.
On your right, across the road, is a variety of amusement arcades and cafes/bars etc.

Cross the car park in front of Fort Perch Rock (this building houses an eclectic mix of memorabilia highlighting the story of the fort from its earliest Napoleonic form, through into the second world war and onto the present day).

Immediately on your right is the imposing Floral Pavilion Theatre and a couple of hundred yards past this building the promenade becomes even more pedestrianised (and even more cycle friendly) as the road spurs off and up to the right.

Stay on the frontage which now turns to brick block paving and is now called the “Tower Promenade”. Notice the large open green area on your right – this is Tower Gardens where the old New Brighton Tower once stood – there is a plaque which explains it in some detail. These markers are scattered along the promenade and give an insight into the areas past splendour and it’s importance to the economy of Great Britain when it supported the great port of Liverpool just across the bay. The Liver Buildings can be seen plainly on the other side of the Mersey, adjacent to the Albert Dock complex and the ferry port, surrounded by the glass and steel towers of a more modern age.

The promenade now becomes the “Magazine Promenade”, due to the large gunpowder magazine located in the area (long since removed). Apparently ships were obliged to unload any powder prior to going into the Liverpool docks proper – presumably to ensure no catastrophic accidents when berthed in the heart of the city! Cycle down past the wrought irons railings which enclose Vale Park and it’s bandstand – there is also a cafe at the top of the small park.

This next phase of the promenade is called “Egremont”, and after a decent stretch you reach a semi-circular promontory by a small roundabout. This is the site of an old ferry terminal to Liverpool with a pub on the right overlooking the estuary.

Follow the promenade down, passing the imposing bulk of Wallasey Town hall. Effectively the town hall was built back to front, with it’s “frontage”, complete with impressive set of steps leading up from the promenade (if you feel energetic enough it’s an ideal opportunity to run up and do a Rocky stance at the top!) overlooking the Mersey. Apparently this was in homage to the economic importance that the Mersey gave to the area, especially in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
You now enter the final leg of the journey, on the “Seacombe Promenade”, as it passes the vast ventilation shaft of the Wallasey tunnel on your right which goes under the Mersey – note the metal strips in the promenade which show the positions of the roadway many feet below you carrying the traffic.

At the end of the promenade you arrive at the square where sits the Seacombe ferry terminal, where boats can be taken across to Liverpool (bikes are allowed). Here you can find a cafe etc. before turning around and following your route back towards New Brighton.

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