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Birkenhead

Merseyside


Slow Ways linking Birkenhead and Bebington, Liverpool, Wallasey, Woodchurch

England / Merseyside / Birkenhead

Birkenhead’s four Slow Ways are 88% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 3/4
and surveyed: 3/4

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Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Slow Way Route To do
Birkenhead—Bebington
Birbeb one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 35m Descent 43m
Birkenhead—Bebington
Birbeb two Verify me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Birkenhead—Liverpool
Birliv one

Double check Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 43m Descent 28m
Birkenhead—Liverpool
Birliv two Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 53m Descent 31m
Wallasey—Birkenhead
Walbir one Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 51m Descent 55m
Wallasey—Birkenhead
Walbir two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Woodchurch—Birkenhead
Woobir one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 49m Descent 84m
Woodchurch—Birkenhead
Woobir two Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 93m Descent 55m

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Collective progress

78% of Birkenhead’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

8/8

reviewed

6/8

surveyed

3/8

verified

5 people have contributed to Birkenhead’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Birkenhead

46km out of 46km have been walked and reviewed

104km of reviews have been shared in Birkenhead

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With good views over the river, we head downhill and once more move along residential roads through Rock Ferry. At the end, we reach New Ferry where we are briefly at the river, with plenty of benches if you wanted to break the walk and watch the river and the birds....

Hiking Historian

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I then crossed Mersey Park where there were better views across the Mersey to Liverpool and further south east. Eventually I crossed to Rock Park, a quiet road of historic houses lining the Mersey....

Mary Oz

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Birkenhead—Bebington

Mary Oz added Birbeb two, a new walk from Birkenhead to Bebington

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Resuming the route through the park, I passed some grand houses, and then was soon into the less grand streets into the centre of Birkenhead. The exit to the main road, just before the station, is closed at night, I believe, but Borough Road, just to the south has a pavement, if an alternative is needed....

Mary Oz

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Wallasey—Birkenhead

Mary Oz added Walbir two, a new walk from Wallasey to Birkenhead

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A direct and safe Slow Way comprising mainly of pavement pounding....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Birbeb one

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This was a rather dull but easy route, all along suburban pavements except for a short footpath cutting through woods, which made the route less accessible due to kissing gates and cycle barriers. Mostly it passed pleasant enough housing, with one terrace just north of Green Lane Station being particularly pleasing. There were quite a few shops on the route too, but a lot of them had metal grills covering them....

Mary Oz

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I started this route from Birkenhead. My only quibble with the whole route was where it gets to the bus station....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Walbir one

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On reaching the roundabout onto the A553 (Conway Street) from Birkenhead Central Station, it is worth crossing the A553 to the north side before walking along it....

Mary Oz

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There are toilets at the Birkenhead station at least (I just didn’t notice at Bebington but mainly because I wasn’t looking)....

mtormey

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The route through Liverpool is excellent, through some of the main shopping streets, and down to the waterfront. Outside these hours, however, it is necessary to pay the tourist cruise rate, £11.50 if no concessions, which gives a longer return route with commentary, but you can break the journey and get on and off at both ports....

Mary Oz

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However, the gate into this is locked when the shopping centre is closed and you'd need to use roads if that was the case....

Mary Oz

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I was racing to catch the ferry (check timetables in advance!), so I only took in the Birkenhead side of the route at a jogger’s pace, but from what I experienced it was direct, accessible, and (most important) ACCURATE!...

mtormey

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From the A59 overpass to Birkenhead Park, the route passes through some pretty heavy industrial sites. I never felt unwelcome (like, the route always followed real footpaths and pavements), but it was clearly not a space built for people travelling on foot (fifth picture). I hopped off the route for a bit to explore Birkenhead Park, said to have inspired New York’s Central Park (seventh picture)....

mtormey

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Hiking Historian surveyed Woobir two

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Urban walk through Birkenhead, through Oxton, and ending up a Woodchurch. Well-paved throughout....

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Woodchurch—Birkenhead

Hiking Historian added Woobir two, a new walk from Woodchurch to Birkenhead

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Despite a footpath by Townfield Primary being marked on the OS map, it is not on the Council footpath map, and the route goes through school grounds and actual houses. I'll reroute it soon....

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Hiking Historian surveyed Birliv two

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Hiking Historian surveyed Birliv two

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Route is only possible using the ferry service, so timing is essential (commuter service on morning or evening is more economic). The route in Liverpool makes perfect sense, but the Birkenhead end is untenable due to private pavements for offices and unpaved roads to the tunnel. I'll submit an alternative route....

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Birkenhead—Liverpool

Hiking Historian added Birliv two, a new walk from Birkenhead to Liverpool

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All areas are accessible, and passes through main shopping areas between railways stations....

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Hiking Historian took this photo on Birliv two

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Hiking Historian surveyed Walbir one

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A completely urban pavement route linking the two towns. Passes through residential and industrial areas, but, for the most part, is accessible. Also pass a memorial to mountaineer Alan Rouse (1951-1986), who grew up locally....

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Hiking Historian took this photo on Walbir one

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Hiking Historian surveyed Birbeb one

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Unremarkable urban walk, but, given the built-up nature of the area, the best one that links the two areas. Mostly along well-lit, evenly surfaced pavements, with a wooded short footpath section with possible obstacles for wheelchair users, this route is accessible on foot and cycle, and is served by many shops along the way, and two railways stations at either end....

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Hiking Historian took this photo on Birbeb one

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The problem here is it is not possible to walk through the Mersey tunnel so there is no direct walk across the river here. There are good transport links (bus, train, ferry) from Birkenhead to Liverpool but a walk would be much slower and have to go around the river. Hoping to develop a good route for this to submit!...

Ktayl

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Birkenhead—Bebington

Slow Ways added Birbeb one, a new walk from Birkenhead to Bebington

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Birkenhead—Liverpool

Slow Ways added Birliv one, a new walk from Birkenhead to Liverpool

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Wallasey—Birkenhead

Slow Ways added Walbir one, a new walk from Wallasey to Birkenhead

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Woodchurch—Birkenhead

Slow Ways added Woobir one, a new walk from Woodchurch to Birkenhead

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Birkenhead, Wed 21 February

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Birkenhead’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ3221088473

Lat / Lon

53.38874° / -3.02076°

Easting / Northing

332,210E / 388,473N

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