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The outdoors

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Are you looking for opportunities to walk, cycle, horse-ride, play, picnic, relax?

From local play areas to large country parks, Wirral’s open spaces are a fantastic place to have fun, exercise, meet friends, get close to nature or relax and watch the world go by. What’s more, parks are free to use and are open every day of the year.

Check out the links below to pages on Wirral Council's main website to find out more about the country parks, nature reserves, beaches and other open spaces on your doorstep!


Wirral is a great place to cycle, with both coastal and countryside routes available for leisure rides. You can download cycle route maps on the Visit Wirral website.


Wirral is well served for walking with over 75 miles of public rights of way around the coast or within one of the many and varied country parks. You can download walking guides from the Visit Wirral website.

Check out the Countryside Code, which includes some basic information on walking and cycle safety.


There are a number of public fishing places across Wirral you can use once you've got your Environment Agency Rod License and Day Ticket. You'll find details of where you can go fishing on the Wirral Council website.


There are four municipal golf courses and three Pitch 'n' Putt courses in Wirral. Visit the council's main website to find out more about where you can play golf.

The Teen Invigor8 package allows members to use Wirral’s municipal golf courses as part of their membership.

The courses are available all-day, seven days a week - allowing you to play golf after school or college, or at the weekends! You will also benefit from free equipment hire and use of council pitch’n’putt.


Oaklands is owned by Wirral Council and is managed as part of a social enterprise company Edsential.  It is situated in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. It is a residential outdoor adventure education centre, providing activity-based personal development, environmental, leadership and skills courses.

Who can go to Oaklands?

  • schools
  • youth/community groups
  • scouts and guides
  • teachers and youth leaders
  • families

What can you do at Oaklands?

The centre is fully equipped for all of the following:

  • rock climbing
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • gorge walking
  • mountain walking
  • camping
  • abseiling
  • sea level traversing
  • mine exploration
  • orienteering
  • problem solving
  • raft building
  • field studies

About the centre:

Originally a Victorian house, Oaklands has been extended and refurbished to provide all the amenities expected of a modern outdoor education centre. It stands in a large area of woodland on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Its location in the Conwy Valley provides easy access to the mountains, lakes, rivers and sea.

With highly skilled and qualified staff, and an exceptional safety record, Oaklands can provide tailor made courses in the great outdoors. The team prides itself on giving you the opportunity to” experience it for real!”

How can I get involved?

If you and your friends would like to take part in some of the outdoor education available at Oaklands, you can find out more about courses and prices on their website. You will usually need to attend with an adult group leader, although this is not always the case, so it's worth calling the centre on 01690 710500 to discuss your needs. As well as residential stays, day visits can also be arranged.