Connected to affluent Heswall is Lower Heswall, a leafy village community which has a slower pace and quieter way of life than its busier counterpart. There are a large number of areas in Lower Heswall that provide incredible views of the Welsh hills, with Lower Heswall protected by a conservation order.
Gayton is a small village close by and has a number of things to see including Gayton Hall and Gayton Windmill, built entirely from red sandstone.
Local to Gayton is Gayton Primary School which has close links with Gayton pre-school. Gayton Primary also offers before and after-school care. In nearby Heswall is St Peters C of E Pre-School Playgroup and Heswall Primary School.
Transport links in Heswall include a train station that connects to the Wirral Line. Regular bus services open up routes to secondary schools across the Wirral, including West Kirby’s selection of grammar schools, Pensby High, Birkenhead School, and more.
There’s a lot to see and do in Lower Heswall and Gayton; Heswall Coast offers some fine walks and wonderful views while there’s lots to discover in Heswall Fields. The Dungeon, for example, lies between Heswall and Thingwall and is a delightful deep, narrow, wooded ravine to explore.
By Lower Heswall is Heswall Dales, 180 acres of land which is also a local nature reserve, offering fantastic views of the Welsh hills. The Wirral Country Park trail also passes through the Dales. Over in Gayton is the Old Mill for people to see which dates from approximately 1760.
The course at Heswall Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 that isn’t only challenging but offers some fantastic views of the Dee Estuary and the Welsh hills. As well as golf, the club offers snooker and bridge sections as well as other social offerings.
Also close by is Heswall Squash Racquets Club which has squash and racketball facilities available. Fitness classes and bridge clubs are available, too. Creation Personal Training and Therapies is a fitness studio in Heswall and offers a one-to-one fitness coaching service as well as holistic treatments.
Lower Heswall offers a slower and quieter pace than the main village, with plenty of hidden gems to be found. Emma’s for instance is a popular coffee shop first opened in 1996 and offering tasty, creative dishes. Also in the area are health food shops including juice bar Fresh Start Health, Sheldrakes Restaurant, and pubs including the Black Horse and Dee View Inn.
Pubs in Gayton include the Glegg Arms Beefeater with The Devon Doorway close by which leads into Heswall with its large number of restaurants, pubs, and independent eateries to enjoy.
Close to Lower Heswall and Gayton are a number of churches in Heswall including the Parish of Heswall, part of the Chester diocese. St Peter C of E Church is a Grade II listed building and a great example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Heswall United Reform Church (URC) can register civil partnerships, while Heswall Methodist Church and Our Lady & St John Roman Catholic Church are also local. The latter has a mosaic tympanum above the main door; churches in Barnston include Christ Church C of E Church and Christ Church Barnston.
Heswall Coast is a popular route for families and dog walkers, and is connected to Thurstaston Coast. Visually Heswall Coast is slightly different from more northern areas of the peninsula and is home to stunning sandstone cliffs, and the tide comes much closer to the shore.
Further down, and connected to the Wirral Way, is Parkgate which is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Wirral, especially when the sun is out. There you can find pubs, restaurants, and ice cream shops surrounded by marshland and fielded areas of the old port town.