The best Wirral dog walks (that include dog-friendly pubs!)

Always wanted to do the Wirral Circular Trail but needed a little extra incentive? Or have you done it so many times you’re now looking for something new? Either way, we’ve got the solution for you!

How does a day on the trail accompanied by your furry best friend and some local lunch to go with it sound?

All good? Then read on.

We’ve come up with three great walks on the trail, with all the best dog friendly pubs the Wirral has to offer along the way so that no one get left behind. The greatest incentive of them all? The reward at the end!

We’ve run through an itinerary of the walks for you and listed the pubs along the way in order of the walk so you can plan your next stop before you even leave the first. All the walks follow the Wirral Circular Trail, so you won’t have to worry about needing any fancy navigational equipment. While the pubs are slightly off the trail, they are relatively easy to get to.

The East Coast walk

This will take you from Parkgate up the coast to the West Kirby area – this is a nice relaxed walk with the actual walk only taking about 2.5 hours. However, there are plenty of places to stop along the way to make it a great day out on the Wirral.

Your journey begins at your choice of either the Red Lion or the Ship in Parkgate from where you can make your way onto the circular trail. Heading north, you’ll make your way up to your final stop – The Ring O’ Bells in West Kirby passing by Heswall and Thursaston. Alternatively, you could walk from West Kirby down and continue past Parkgate to the Ness Botanical Gardens. Unfortunately, for this add on you would have to leave your furry friend behind as dogs are not allowed in the gardens.

The East Coast Walk’s stops along the way

1. The Ship (CH64 6SA) – Lovely traditional pub with Wirral ales on draught. Dogs drink for free and are allowed on the sun terrace.

 The Ship

2. The Red Lion (CH46 6SB) – Special’s board including seafood, cask ales and great coffee make this pub an excellent starting point.

The Red Lion

3. Otto Lounge (CH60 7SE) – A great range of gluten free and vegan options makes this a very easy stop for the whole party.

Otto Lounge

4. The Anchor Inn (CH61 0HA) – A destination itself – this beautiful inn has a roaring fire inside and beer garden outside, so no matter the weather there’ll be a spot for you.

The Anchor Inn

5. Irby Mill (CH49 3NT) – a sandstone pub that uses fresh, local produce wherever possible. A great lunch stop!

Irby Mill

6. Ring O’ Bells (CH48 7HE) – The destination! Congratulate yourself on finishing the walk with a meal, coffee or even a pint. The midweek specials here make the walk even more enjoyable!

Ring O’ Bells

The North Coast walk

This is a bit more challenging, but the reward of incredible scenery makes up for the added difficulty. You can expect to be on this trail for about 3.5 hours, and it begins at The Ring O’ Bells in West Kirby.

This path will take you along the coast to New Brighton again using the Wirral Circular Trail, and the first stop on this adventure is the last you’ll come across for about three hours, so stock up! While this walk may be a bit longer, you can rely on the easy terrain of the well-trodden Wirral Way to lead you to your destination.

The North Coast Walk’s stops along the way

1. Ring O’ Bells (CH48 7HE) – The beginning! Fuel up for the walk with a meal, coffee or even a pint. The midweek specials here make the walk even more enjoyable!

Ring O’ Bells

2. Queens Royal CH45 2JT – A family run pub for the ale enthusiast! They also have an extensive lunch menu to compliment.

The Queens Royal

3. The Magazine Hotel (CH45 1HP) – A very quirky, traditional pub with plenty of memorabilia hanging on the walls and an outdoor garden to soak up the sun.

The Magazine Hotel

Too easy you say? Why not challenge yourself by combining the two walks to tackle The Great Wirral Walk. This ramble will push you to your limits with a total of 6 hours walking expected (don’t forget to factor in some extra stopping time), so it’s a good one to plan for spring/summer.

While you won’t receive a medal at the end, you will have the satisfaction of a great, active day out on the Wirral, with plenty of delicious food in your belly (and maybe even a pint in your hand.) Just don’t forget to keep your furry friend (and any children you may bring) fed and watered along the way!

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