WIRRAL has a great selection of beaches to enjoy.

Here is a list of the top five beaches in the region, according to Trip Advisor.

1. West Kirby Beach

This busy little beach is only 300 metres long but it lies between a
kilometre of sand dunes and a further two kilometres of vast sand flats
exposed at low water towards Hoylake. 

There is free parking along the nearby promenade along the length of
the marine lake.

West Kirby has a number of bars, cafes, sandwich shops
and a large supermarket.

Wirral Globe: West Kirby BeachWest Kirby Beach (Image: Kimberley Phillips)

2. Thurstaston Beach

Thurstaston beach is incredibly popular with locals during the warmer months, and all year-round with dog walkers. 

It is the first beach along the Wirral's western coast, on the Dee estuary.

One review on Trip Advisor said: "Lovely and clean beach. Easy access. Great for dogs. Nice cafe at the top (Wirral Country Park). Pay and display but reasonably priced."

Wirral Globe: Thurstaston BeachThurstaston Beach (Image: Nicky Joyce)

3. Wallasey Beach

A popular bathing beach at the eastern end of the North Wirral Coastal Park and next to the Derby Pool Harvester Bar and Grill. 

Popular with kitesurfers the beach is adjacent to a slightly more sheltered area of short grassland popular with picnickers. 

A review said: "Very nice beach. Great for dogs. Need to take care when you visit as zero beach when high tide. Easy free parking right on the sea front."

Wirral Globe: Wallasey BeachWallasey Beach (Image: Heather Gard)

4. New Brighton Beach 

New Brighton Beach, in the north-east corner of the Wirral offers an attractivethree quarter-mile stretch of golden sand.  In the summer months it is a popular destination for day-trippers. 

From the beach there are striking views over the Liverpool city skyline.  The beach is a good place to watch ships sailing out from the mouth of the Mersey estuary into the Irish Sea. 

One Trip Advisor review said: "It’s not always a beach day in England, but when it is, New Brighton Beach is definitely a lovely spot to enjoy the sun with a solero in hand."

Wirral Globe: New Brighton BeachNew Brighton Beach (Image: Tracey Rennie)

5. Leasowe Bay

Set at the northern end of the Wirral Peninsula,  Leasowe Bay is a wide, clean sandy beach. Backed by low-lying sand dunes and a hay meadow, the beach has a surprisingly wild feel. 

Running along the length of the beach is a wide path and there are long sections of rock armour/sea defences. The path forms part of a longer circular route ideal for walking, cycling and even horses.

Wirral Globe: Leasowe BayLeasowe Bay (Image: Nicola Jayne)