Range Walking Club
Friday 27th December 1985-Wirral-Thurstaston
The December walk will take place on Friday, 27th December, and will be centred on the Wirral, an area unlikely to be the subject of a full day coach excursion. Transport will be by private car, and directions to the start of the walk are included in this note. The walks (8 miles and 6 miles) pass through delightful countryside with (in good weather) extensive views of the Dee Estuary, the Welsh coast, and from Thurstaston Hill, views across Liverpool and as far as Formby.

It is proposed to keep the party as one for the first five miles (to encourage family participation) and the walk will pass along the beach, through part of the Wirral Country Park and Thurstaston Hill. it is likely to be muddy in parts. The route will primarily follow that of 12 months ago and there will be opportunity to lunch at the Irby Mill public house, where a. selection of snack meals are available at competitive prices.

We have endeavoured to keep the walk distance to suit the daylight hours, and thus we will start at 10.00 am. prompt at Thurstaston Country Park Centre, and return to cars before 4.00 pm. In order to gauge interest, and to ensure that nobody is left behind when we start, it would be helpful if parties intending to go on the walk could ring John Yabeley or Dave Luty indicating the number of people in their party, and if they require transport, or indeed are willing to provide transport for those without means of getting to the Wirral. Your cooperation in these matters will ensure the smooth running of this excursion.

Assuming drivers know their way through the 'new' Mersey tunnel, proceed along the M53 to the Arrowe Park exit. Take the A551 towards Arrowe Park to the roundabout. Turn left, past Municipal Golf Course, to next roundabout. Turn right, following signs to Irby (B5138) i.e. Thingwall road, and take junction 50 yards on the right to Anchor Inn. Turn right onto Thurstaston Road down to junction. Proceed across main road down Station Road. Bear right near church and then follow road and signs for Wirral Country Park. entry to car park is partly concealed on the left, just before going over bridge.

Time from Formby to Thurstaston car park is approximately 45 minutes (40p each way tunnel fee payable on Wirral side of tunnel).