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Pub walks & cycle routes

Being situated in Parkgate means that The Ship is near so many areas of natural beauty.  Stunning views of the Dee Estuary can be seen from our hotel however if you want to get out there and see what else is in the area then below we have suggested some possible walks and even cycle routes.  They are all moderately easy in ability and should take you no longer than a morning or afternoon (much quicker for some than others!).

We have easy access to the Wirral Way, a 12 mile path of disused railway line that has been covered over to create the perfect traffic-free pathway/cycleway, which runs from West Kirby all the way to Hooton in Chester.  You can hop on and off the Wirral Way at various points and make your walk/cycle ride as long or as short as you like.

We have found a couple of walks and cycle routes that will allow you to explore the local area, you can then return to the Ship for a refreshing pint and a spot of lunch or dinner after working up a hearty appetite!

By foot

Pub Walk 1: Parkgate to Gayton and back

A pleasant ramble beside the Dee Estuary returning along quiet tracks and lanes into Parkgate.

Starting place: The Ship
Distance: Approximately 3.5 miles
Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Accessibility: Areas of the walk can be muddy so suitable footwear is advised
Parking: The Ship has a large free customer car park

 VIEW Pub Walk 1

Take a look at a PHOTO GALLERY of our walk

(This walk was created by ‘Visit Wirral’ and has been adapted by ourselves to create the perfect pub walk.)


For a number of other walks in the area and around the beautiful peninsular of Wirral then take a look at www.visitwirral.com/walking… there is something for everyone from a light stroll to a hard days walking and it really can be the most fantastic way to see the area!

By bike

Cycle route 1: Wirral Way to West Kirby and back

A fairly length bike ride that will take you a full morning or afternoon to West Kirby and back.

Starting Point: The Ship
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Distance: Approximately 30 miles
Time: Aproximately 4 hours
Accessibility: Lanes can be muddy in parts
Parking: The Ship has a large free customer car park

VIEW Cycle Route 1

Bike hire

If you don’t have your own bike but would like to give cycling along the Wirral Way a try then please take a look at the below website where you are able to hire bikes at a small cost.

Thurstaston Bikes | Cycle Hire and Repairs