On the west of the Wirral is Heswall, an affluent part of the Wirral with a large, bustling village with lots to see and do. Barnston and Brimstage are smaller rural villages close to Heswall, with both areas featuring farm shops and smaller independent businesses to discover.
Residents can take advantage of the nearby coast and routes connected to the Wirral Way, and lots of other family-orientated activities to do such as the Maize Maze in Brimstage, packed with activities for all the family.
Close to the centre of Heswall and by Barnston fields is Heswall Primary School, with Gayton home to Gayton Primary School and St Peter's C of E Aided Primary School. Near to Barnston is Barnston Primary School with Thornton Hough Primary School in the Brimstage vicinity.
Heswall’s transport links means good secondary schools are only a short distance away. Options include Pensby High School and Wirral Grammar schools for boys and girls. Calday Grange Grammar School and its sixth form are also nearby.
Heswall and Pensby Group Practice is a medical centre situated in Telegraph Road. As well as offering a general practitioner service, the centre also performs minor procedures and provides specialist asthma care. Silverdale Medical Centre can also be found on Mount Avenue.
Close to Brimstage are Kings Lane Medical Practice and The Spital Surgery. Also a short drive from Brimstage, on Arrowe Park Road, is The Warrens Medical Centre, a West Wirral GP which offers physiotherapy, counselling, baby and eye clinics, and other services.
Puddydale Park in Heswall is popular with families and hosts regular events such as summer fairs and fitness clubs. Over the years Puddydale Park has had a lot of community attention and now sports a redeveloped playground which features climbing frames, swings, seesaws, roundabouts, and a football pitch.
Pipers Lane in Heswall is popular with walkers and is connected to the Wirral Way, with other open spaces including the Beacons and Poll Hill offering spectacular views of the River Dee and coast. Heswall coastline offers pleasant walks and leads into "The Dungeons" with its waterfalls and historical woodland.
Heswall has its own train station and, though small, it connects to the Wirral Line at Bidston, allowing access to Liverpool city centre, Chester, and Ellesmere Port. Stations closest to Brimstage include Port Sunlight and Bromborough Rake.
The centre of Heswall also has excellent bus links with services covering most of the Wirral, Liverpool, and Cheshire areas, with buses running at regular intervals. Close to Heswall is the Chester High Road which leads to areas like popular tourist attraction Parkgate and areas including Neston.
Heswall is a popular destination for nights out thanks to its huge variety of pubs, cocktail bars, eateries and restaurants like Nova and 107 Dining Room which offers contemporary cuisine while well-known names such as Gusto and Silk Rd are always good for couples and families alike. Pubs like The Devon Doorway, Jug & Bottle, and The Harvest Mouse are enjoyable destinations.
The Fox & Hounds in Barnston and The Basset Hound in Thingwall have a more rustic feel about them and feature some great beer gardens, while Thornton Hough’s the Seven Stars Inn and the Wheatstaff Inn in Raby Mere have equally good reputations.
Heswall is home to four supermarkets; a large Tesco, Aldi, Iceland, and a Marks & Spencer Simply Food, giving locals a huge amount of choice. There are also a large amount of independents and boutiques in Heswall, from tailors to hairdressers, complemented by shops like Boots and a Post Office.
Barnston is only a two-minute drive away from Heswall and has a convenience store for amenities, while other farm shops, such as Laycroft Longhorn and Church Farm bordering Heswall, offer meat, jams, and fresh produce. Brimstage Hall & Courtyard has a number of independents including florists, clothing boutiques, a bridal store, micro-brewery, and homemade ice cream shops.