Wirral County Park CAMCS is situated in the village of Thurstaston on the Wirral Way near West Kirby. Please see site arrival video HERE It welcomes both members and non-members and is normally open from April to October. It has 90 pitches, of which 73 are hard-standing. The site is very flat and there are some prime pitches at the front of the site which overlook the Dee Estuary and over to North Wales on a clear day. These are much prized and prompt arrival and an amount of luck may get you one of those pitches.
During our week long stay, we found the site to be very quiet on the whole. The children’s playground was busy during the day – school holiday time – but was not intrusive and by tea time, the site was very quiet indeed. It certainly made for a restful holiday.
There is one facilities block for the site, situated in the middle. It has the usual Club facilities including a fully accessible disabled persons room. The only elsan disposal point is situated here as well. There are several service points throughout the site and a motorhome service point as well.
On entering the site, there is the Reception, which sells basics and opposite a wooden hut information room with a large amount of very useful information. It also helpfully includes a list of dog friendly pubs/cafes and restaurants.
A fish and chip van visits weekly on a Tuesday evening and comes highly recommended. All food is freshly cooked to order and is worth the wait if busy. I can personally recommend the sausage and chips!
The pitches are of a generous size and overall the site is kept to a very high standard indeed. It is clear that some renovation of pitches and their surrounds has taken place in more recent times and this adds to the overall well-kept ambience.
TV reception is rated as Fair by the club but I had no issue in picking up channels from several different regions depending on the direction of the aerial. WiFi is rated as Bronze, however at peak times the speeds were very poor. Mobile coverage wise, 3 & Vodafone were adequate. EE & 02 report excellent coverage on their web-sites.
There is no dog walk on site but you are adjacent to the Wirral Way and this provides excellent walking for your dogs.
Around and about
Based at the top of the Wirral Penninsula means that the site is very well placed to access a wide range of places and activities – something which may not be immediately apparent if viewing its location simply on a map.
The nearest supermarkets are Morrisons in West Kirby, petrol station is next to the Railway station. There is also a Tesco in Heswall, however, this does not have fuel.
The nearest bus stop is a considerable walk back to the main road.
It is close to Liverpool and Chester and even slightly further afield into North Wales is not impossible given the excellent motorway connections – M53/M56/A55
The best way to visit Liverpool and perhaps up the coast to Southport is to use the train. The nearest station is West Kirby, on the Merseyrail network – a 10 minute drive away, parking nearby in the car park next to Morrisons car park, (this is long stay). Charging stops at 6:30pm so if staying away until later in the evening, it is still a cost effective way to travel.
We visited Southport for the day on the train – taking about an hour to get there with one change at Liverpool Moorfields station. The line follows the coast in the main and some very pretty views can be seen at you leave the industrial suburbs on the Liverpool Docks behind. Southport, like many seaside resorts and the effects of COVID has suffered in terms of the shopping offer but there are still some independent shops and high street stores which are situated on or close by to Lord Street – which is the main throroughfare. There are also several arcades, sadly many empty shops but of particular note is a beautiful Art Deco designed two level arcade, called Wayfarers and is Grade II listed.
Another arcade, which is full of items for sale is the Royal Arcade – it is possible, if it is your thing, to spend a couple of hours browsing through bric-a-brac, collectables, old vinyl records and furniture.
Kings Gardens which front Southport are very pleasant and surround the Marine Lake – it is possible to take guided boat trips round this and also self-drive pedallos and swan boats are available to hire. There are a couple of fairground atttractions but there is an entry charge which can work out expensive for families with children. It is possible to book ahead on-line. There are several cafes and toilet facilities dotted around and a plentiful supply of victorian shelters in which to sit and get out of the elements if required.
We decided to opt for the motorised tram along the pier, which is only second longest to the longest UK pier at Southend on Sea in Essex. It was a very blustery day and we were glad we had made this choice. The sea goes out a very long way here and even at the end of the pier, the sea was still a considerable distance away. Be aware though, that the tide ebbs and flows very quickly here. There is a cafe with toilet facilities at the end of the pier and an ice cream van too.
Another day trip is Liverpool and there are any number of places to visit, shop, eat etc. We opted for a guided bus tour of Liverpool. Due to huge amounts of roadworks in central Liverpool at the time of writing, the purely city tour was not operating. The one which includes visiting locations related to the Beatles, (Blue Tour) was operating and took around 2 hours. It is not purely about the Beatles but the missing central Liverpool section was unfortunate but we were able to see both the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals which are huge landmarks in the city.
Another day out was into Cheshire to visit the Anderton Boat Lift. A working hydraulic lift which lifts boats up and down between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Nowadays it is leisure craft but in its heyday it was a huge industrial concern.
There is a café and exhibition centre on site and is accessible to people with disabilities.
A very pleasant Club site which is one of the smaller ones on the network and this works to its favour. It is conveniently located with easy access to the motorway network. There is a good range of activities for all levels of fitness and ability and interests.