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A disused railway, snaking along the Dee side of the Wirral Peninsula is the tranquil spine of Wirral Country Park, a linear strip of parkland.

Consisting of bike tracks, nature trails, reedy ponds and sudden, stunning views over to the Welsh hills, this is a well-thought-out and well-managed country park, with barbeque spots, butterfly-rich meadows, (NT-owned) park cafes (at Thurstaston) and footpaths leading to the shingly beaches of the Wirral’s Dee coast.

The first designated Country Park in Britain, Wirral’s is a fine example of how nature can co-exist beautifully, just minutes from suburban life.