Thurstaston Common covers just shy of 105 acres of woodland, open sandstone and heathland. Will you be lucky enough to spot one of the lizards scurrying by? Perhaps you may see a sparrowhawk or hear a woodpecker? The area is a haven for wildlife so get those binoculars out and let little explorers go on a nature hunt.
A visit to Thor’s Stone is a must with any young Avenger fans….This large sandstone outcrop is unusual in both shape and appearance, and has captured the imaginations of visitors for generations. This mysterious landmark is concealed from visitors taking a stroll along the main paths until the trees and marshes suddenly retreat to reveal Thor’s Stone in all its beauty. Shrouded in folklore, the rock dominates its landscape. Victorians believed that it got its colour red due blood running down the rock as a result of animal sacrifice. The viking settlers from Thingwell allegedly settled here and used the stone as a Pagan altar. Local folklore tells that the rock is named after the Norse thunder God Thor. Whatever the true history behind the rock, let imaginations run wild as children delight in exploring every nook and cranny.
Access to the common is from a car park located off Telegraph Road and this native woodland boasts excellent views of the Dee area, Liverpool skyline and the Welsh coast from the summit.
So for a free day out with kids in Wirral, why not head to Thurstaston Common with a picnic and a pair of good walking boots and spend some quality family time in the fresh air.
Additional information: *The site is jointly owned by Wirral Borough Council and The National Trust. *Royden park can also be accessed which has a tea shop, open grassland and pond fishing.