Bidston Hill

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Bidston Hill
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gazken1981
Southport, UK1,709 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
I was looking for short walks in Merseyside to explore with my 8 year old and came across Bidston heritage trail on and around Bidston Hill. Took about an 1 and half hours.
We parked up in the carpark next to the tam o farm which is free. Plenty of dog walkers about.
After the walk we visited the farm which again is free but run on donations. They have a cafe open 9-4:30pm daily and toilets on site.
Take appropriate footwear as it can get quite muddy.
Written January 2, 2022
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Nikxc
Hawarden, UK10 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
great little country walk and if you park at the local farm to start the circular walk a nice little cafe
Written February 27, 2019
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Karl R
Birkenhead, UK398 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
After visiting tam o shanta farm we walked up bidston hill.
Top of the hill is the windmill.
Although on this occassion it wasnt open to the public it was great to walk around and good for the kids to see.
As it is perched at the top of the hill there are excellent views of both liverpool and wales!
Written February 3, 2019
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svoures
Liverpool992 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
Bidston Hill is an area of about 100 acres of heathland and woodland containing historic buildings and ancient rock carvings. The hill is in the Wirral peninsula, just a few minutes by train from Liverpool.

Some of the most interesting buildings you can find scattered around are:

The Bidston Windmill: the windmill replaced a wooden mill that was destroyed by fire in 1791 and was used to grind wheat until about 1875.

The Bidston Observatory: built in 1866, one of its functions was to determine the exact time. In 1929 its work was merged with the University of Liverpool Tidal Institute, which was then taken over in 1969 by the Natural Environment Research Council.

The Bidston Lighthouse: built in 1873, it was operational until 9 October 1913. It is now privately owned and occasionally open to the public.

While I was walking around I was surprised to see that, unlike other walking areas in the Wirral, this hill had been left a bit 'untidy' - with very few well signed paths and in general not as well looked after. That was until I came across a sign in the windmill which explains why. It says:

"The land, including the woods surrounding this windmill, containing (with the adjacent piece of land known as Thermopylae) about 90 acres was purchased from R. C. de Grey Vyner during the years 1894 to 1908 at a cost of £30,310. Of this sum the Corporation of Birkenhead contributed £14,625 and £15,685 was raised by public subscription. A portion of the land, viz:- the eastern wood, containing 22 acres, was purchased as a memorial to the late Edmund Taylor, of Oxton, in recognition of his great services in connection with the acquisition of Bidston Hill for the benefit of the public. The land belongs to and is maintained at the expense of the Corporation of Birkenhead, but according to the deeds of conveyance it must always be used as an open space and place of public recreation, and must be preserved and maintained as far as possible in its present wild and natural condition, special care being given to the preservation of the trees, gorse, heath and heather and also of this windmill. Bye-laws have been made and a keeper and assistant appointed to see that they are observed. The public, for whose enjoyment alone the land was secured, are invited to aid in preserving it from fire and damage."
Written July 29, 2016
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GoaGoaGone
Liverpool, UK93 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
The new owners of the Observatory showed us around this fab historic place - incredible is a minor description, they are so visionary and hope they get fully deserved lottery funding that they deserve, the lighthouse is also a fab visit, they and nearby Leasowe Lighthouse have just been granted permission by Trinity to light both lighthouses together for the FIRST time in 110 years on 11 November this year to mark 100 years rememberance of Armistice Day - wow
Written September 15, 2018
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camraman60
Sale, UK38 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
I met with a very knowledgeable guy called Steve who owns the place. We were able to indulge in our enthusiasm for local history and he was exceedingly accommodating and helpful not to say enthusiastic.
Although privately owned it is possible to book viewings by writing to him at Bidston Lighthouse Boundary Road Bidston N Wirral.
A fascinating and enjoyable afternoon
Written May 8, 2019
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S O
South Devon, UK254 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Walked up to the top ,past the windmill and to both sides of the ridge were panoramic views.To one side the city of Liverpool and its iconic waterfront to the other the Wirral peninsula and out to sea.Easy walk and suitable for both young and old with a free car park at its base.Well worth the hike,especially on a clear day.
Written April 9, 2019
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457katy
Birkenhead, New Zealand3 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Views were nice although no near by toilets so my only choice was the bush, no near by shops☹️Not happy at all.
Written September 25, 2018
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NicoWilson
Beaconsfield, UK347 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Bidston windmill is part of the Wirral skyline and provides stunning views of the metropolis of Liverpool, but go on a clear day for the best views. Lovely place to walk.
Written July 21, 2018
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Jane
Nottingham, UK245 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
I grew up on The Wirral and recently revisited. As a young child my sister and I played for hours in the woods and by the windmill.
It's still magical. The views of the Liverpool skyline are well worth it.
Written May 25, 2018
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