Summary

A pleasant walk beside the saltmarshes on the Dee Estuary, one of the finest bird watching sites in the area, before returning along quiet tracks and lanes into the historic old port of Parkgate.
Difficulty:
Easy
Distance:
4.2 miles (6.7 km)
Walking time:
02h 30m
Type:
Circular

Start location

The Old Baths car park CH64 6RN SJ274789

lat: 53.3030032

lon: -3.091045

Map

Elevation

Route

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Getting there

By Car: From the bend in the B5135 road, Boathouse Lane, by the Boathouse pub, turn along the side road signed as "Free parking for the Parade (north) and the Wirral Way" and follow the road along to the car park.

By Bus: There are bus stops by the Boathouse Inn on Boathouse Lane from where you can walk a short distance along the road signed to the car park. They are served by the hourly 22 service between Chester and West Kirby Station. See https://bustimes.org/stops/0610EP1362

Waypoints

1

Start from the car park [A] and follow the path with the Dee Estuary on your left. Pass straight on by the track on your right which leads to the Wirral Way then pass through a gap in the wall and follow the sea wall path for about half a mile. You will eventually reach a tall beech hedge at the end of the path. Descend the steps onto the old slipway which is at the end of Cottage Lane. [A] The car park is on the site of an old open air swimming pool. You can still see some of the old walls around the edge. It was built in 1923 for a local school and was filled with filtered salt water from the estuary. It was open to the public as well as the school during the 20s and 30s and was very popular. By 1950 the encroaching marshes had made the water supply system too difficult to operate and it closed down. The site was eventually demolished, the pool was filled in and converted into a car park.

2

Turn right and walk up Cottage Lane for about 800 metres. Shortly after passing the entrance to the golf club you reach a crossroads junction. Turn right into the cobbled Gayton Farm Road. At the end bear right onto the track which descends through trees, past the old historic Gayton Well within the bank on the left. Continue past the fields on the left and the golf course on the right. It can be muddy here. You have gained about a hundred feet since leaving the sea wall and have the views over the Dee to show for it. Pass through the gap by the old gate and follow the path through a ‘tunnel’ of trees. Reach a fingerpost. When this track was a route to Chester the well was probably an old watering hole for cattle and horses.

3

Ignore the signed path going right across the golf course and continue straight on along the path through the trees until it brings you out onto the golf course itself. Keep left along the line of the hedge for about 100 metres to a gate. Continue straight across the undulating field on a gravel path to the next gate, over the footbridge and tree-lined stream. The path rises up to the lane passing Backwood Hall Farm and stables. Continue ahead, along the track with open fields either side, for a third of a mile to Boathouse Lane.

4

Cross this fast busy road with care to Wood Lane opposite. This is also part of NCN 56 cycle route. Continue along Wood Lane, pass Brook Lane on the left, and soon after turn right down the signposted cycle path. Follow it until you pass beneath an old railway bridge. Go straight on along Brooklands Road past the school on your left. Just after passing Bowring Drive on the right, turn left into The Ropewalk. (This is a perfectly straight path once used by ropemakers to stretch out their ropes.) At the far end of a grassy area on the left you will reach a crossroads of tracks. Turn right along the paved Little Lane. You can now see the estuary ahead. This leads straight onto the seafront of Parkgate next to the ice-cream shops!

5

Turn right out of Little Lane onto The Parade where you are able to rest on the seats, enjoy an ice-cream and take in the views. Continue by walking with the seafront on your left, past the Boathouse Inn and return to the car park. Look out for the information panel by the seats where you can read much more about the history of Parkgate.

Notes

There are public toilets and a number of options for refreshments along the Parade at the end of the walk.

Problem with this route?

If you encounter a problem on this walk, please let us know by emailing volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.com. If the issue is with a public path or access please also contact the local highways authority directly, or find out more about solving problems on public paths on our website.

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