If you’ve always wanted to do the Wirral Circular Trail but needed a little nudge to go ahead and do it, or if you’ve done it so many times that you’re now looking for a new adventure, then this is the post for you.

Who could say no to a day on the trail accompanied by your furry best friend and a spot of local lunch to go with it?

Here’s all the places you need to go and visit!


Here at Better Food Wirral, we’ve come up with three great walks on the trail with the best dog friendly pubs the Wirral has to offer on the way. Is there anything better than finishing a long, rewarding walk off than ending it in the pub? We think not!

All the walks follow the Wirral Circular Trail, so you won’t need any fancy navigational equipment. The pubs are slightly off the trail, but they’re all easy to get to and you won’t be getting lost anytime soon.

We’ve run through an itinerary of the walks for you and listed each pub on the way, so you can plan your next stop before you’ve ever left your first!


 This walk will take you from Parkgate and right up the coast to the West Kirby area. This is a nice relaxed walk with it only taking around 2.5 hours. If you fancy making the walk a little longer, there are plenty of great places for you stop off on the way.

Start your journey at either the Red Lion or the Ship in Parkgate. From these pubs you can make your way onto the circular trail. Heading north, you’ll steadily make your way 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, however, to do this you would have to leave your furry friend behind as dogs are not allowed in the gardens.


The Ship  (CH64 6SA)- A lovely traditional pub with Wirral ales on draught. Dogs drink for free and allowed on the lovely sun terrace.

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The Red Lion (CH45 2JT)- A family run pub for the ale enthusiasts! A great choice for lunch, they have extensive lunch menu to compliment the fine ales.

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Otto Lounge (CH60 7SE) – A great range of gluten free and vegan options means this is an easy stop for everyone.

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The Anchor Inn (CH61 0HA) – A destination in and of itself- this beautiful inn has a cosy fire inside and beer garden outside, so no matter what the weather you’ll find the perfect spot.

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Irby Mill (CH49 3NT) – A fantastic place to grab a spot of lunch. The pub uses fresh, local produce wherever possible.

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Ring O’ Bells (CH48 7HE) – The final stop, you’ve reached your destination! Pat yourself on the back with a pint, coffee or bite to eat. The midweek specials the pub offers make the walk even more enjoyable.

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We won’t lie to you, this one is a bit more challenging. The reward for taking up the challenge? The incredible scenery makes up for the extra difficulty, trust us! You can expect to be on this trail for about 3.5 hours, and it begins at our last stop- The Ring O’Bells in West Kirby.

From here the path will take you along the coast to New Brighton again, using the Wirral Circular Trail, and the first stop on this journey will be 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.

Queens Royal CH45 2JT – This family run pub looks like something from a Wes Anderson film. It’s perfect for the ale enthusiasts! Their wide-ranging lunch menu will make sure you don’t go hungry.

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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 on better days.

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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!

Whichever walk you decide, share your experience with us by sending us your pictures to

Hebe Goddard