Willaston Wirral to Wirral Village Circuit Tour

Wirral village Circuit. - 15 mile circuit Wirral Villages.

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Starting from Willaston village this cycle route takes you through some of Wirral’s loveliest villages. Along the way you cycle through Burton, Neston, Parkgate, Thornton Hough and Raby Mere before returning to Willaston. There are some rolling hills between Burton and Neston and a long steady climb out of Parkgate but other than that this is a flat route along ‘B’ roads and rural country lanes. There are shops, café’s and pubs in most of the villages should you wish to stop for some refreshments along the way. You can of course start at any point along the route to suit your own needs.

Starting from the green at the centre of Willaston Green cycle out of the village along
Hadlow Road and after a few hundred yards you pass Hadlow Railway Station on your left. The station has been closed since 1956, however it has been preserved as it would have been in the 1950’s. Well worth a look!

Continue to cycle for about half a mile to the end of Hadlow Road where you come to a cross road junction with Chester High Road A540. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION down Dunstan Lane, signposted for Burton. Take care when crossing the busy junction. Continue to cycle down Dunstan Lane for about three quarters of a mile until you reach the village of Burton which was named in The Domesday Book and as you reach the village follow the road as it bends round to the right and by this point the road is called Station Road.

Cycle along Station Road for about 300yards and then bear right along Neston Road. After about three quarters of a mile you pass Ness Gardens on your left hand side. Continue to cycle straight along this road through Little Neston and on to the village of Neston. As you enter Neston you will cycle round a bend and up a slight hill to a set of traffic lights. GO STRAIGHT ON AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS and as you cycle up a small hill you TURN

LEFT AT THE BROW OF THE HILL down Parkgate Road in the direction of Parkgate village. Continue to cycle down the hill along Parkgate Road for about half a mile and as you reach Parkgate you will pass the cricket ground on your left and the road bends round to the right and you will be cycling along what used to be the sea front, which is now marshland with some wonderful wildlife.

In the 18th century Parkgate was an important port used to as a main sea port between England and Ireland. During the years when the port existed, two distinguished guests stayed in the local hostelries. During this period some very famous people visited Parkgate One was Lord Nelson’s, mistress (Lady) Emma Hamilton, who was born in near by Ness and who used to bathe at Parkgate, apparently as a cure for a skin complaint, another was Handel who stayed in Parkgate before sailing to Dublin in 1742 for the first performance of Messiah.

There are several café’s pubs and shops in Parkgate should you wish to have some refreshments.

Continue to cycle along the sea front for about half a mile where you come to the end of the sea front road. At the end of the road TURN RIGHT UP Boathouse Lane and cycle up the hill out of Parkgate. As you cycle up Boathouse Lane you will be cycling up a long (about half a mile) steady climb. After about half a mile along Boathouse Lane TURN RIGHT on to Leighton Road and after 200 yards TURN LEFT along The Rummel. Continue along The Rummel for about 500 yards where you come to a cross road junction with Chester High Road A540.

GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Parkgate Lane and after about a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction as you enter Thornton Hough Village. AT THE JUNCTION TURN LEFT along Neston Road and follow the road through the village past the large green and up the hill past the Post Office and The Seven Stars Pub.

At the top of the hill the road changes its name to Thornton Common Road . Continue along Thornton Common Road out of the village and after half a mile you come to a small roundabout. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE ROUNDABOUT continuing along Thornton Common Road for about half a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with Poulton Hall Road. TURN RIGHT at the junction and cycle up the short steep hill which brings you out at Raby Mere, with its lovely lake. Cycle past the lake up the hill along Blakeley Road and at the end of the road TURN RIGHT on to Raby Hall Road.

Raby Mere

Continue along Raby Hall Road and over the M53 and TURN FIRST LEFT AFTER THE M53 (150 yards past the motorway) along Hargrave Lane, which is a single track country lane so take care as you cycle along the lane. Cycle along this very rural lane for about a quarter of a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with Benty Heath Lane.

TURN RIGHT AT THE JUNCTION along Benty Heath Lane and cycle along the lane for about a quarter of a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction with Willaston Road B5151. At the junction TURN LEFT along Willaston Road and cycle for about half a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT on to Neston Road B5133 and cycle along the road for 500 yards where you return to the green in Willaston Village. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

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