The town of Heswall and the village of Gayton are located on the West coast of the Wirral Peninsula, boasting incredible views across to North Wales.
The beauty of Heswall first attracted many of Liverpool’s successful shipping merchants to the town in the 19th century. Many purchased holiday homes in the lower part of the town for their families, where they could escape the industrial air of the city and breathe in the fresh air of Heswall. From this influx of wealthy merchants, Heswall soon became a town of affluence and prosperity and in 2001, it was listed as the seventh richest neighbourhood in the UK.
Neighbouring Gayton is a small village that is mostly countrified, where converted chocolate-box barns are hidden behind ancient trees and the relatively-new houses merge perfectly with their surroundings. Although it may not possess the vibrancy of Heswall, it is a coveted place for those who enjoy a quieter life.
1Similar to many of its Wirral counterparts, the name ‘Gayton’ has Viking origins, meaning ‘Goat Farmstead’. 2St. Peter’s Church was once the centre of Heswall, had cottages were built around its perimeter, housing local fishermen. The original church was destroyed in 1875 by a violent thunderstorm which killed two of the church’s parishioners.3Sir Paul McCartney purchased a home for his late father in Baskervyle Road, Gayton. A beautiful detached mock-Tudor house, Rembrandt, which still stands today. There is even a picture of Paul himself standing outside. 4Dating back to the 17th century, Gayton Hall was once the temporary residence of William of Orange before he set sail to the Battle of the Boyne. In 2017, it was listed for sale for a huge £4.25 million, with features such as a sauna, wine store and stables adding to its impressive price tag. 5Heswall was recently named as the 4th best place to live in the North West by The Sunday Times in 2018.
Lifestyle & Activities
With 72 acres of open land to explore, Heswall Dales offers ramblers the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors with fantastic scenery of the River Dee and Welsh Hills on the horizon. Owned by The National Trust, the area is home to various animals and insects, including butterflies and birds.
Even when located further inland than its other outdoor counterparts, Dawstone Park can still not escape the breath-taking views of the Welsh Hills, aided by the sloping landscape of the park. It is not the largest park, but this makes it a great space to take children to play outdoors, whilst parents relax on one of the park’s benches.
Located on the banks of the Dee Estuary, Heswall Golf Club has magnificent views across the waters and onto the stunning backdrop of Wales. The golf club is home to an 18-hole championship course has played host to some of the country’s top events including the Junior Open Championships and the English Senior Championships. With the ability to play without joining as a member, it is a great activity to enjoy during a delightful summer’s day.
For animal lovers, Heswall is home to Parkgate Pony Sanctuary, home to over thirty horses and ponies from across the Wirral. The sanctuary not only helps to care for the animals but also offers help and advice for owners of horses and ponies in the area. The centre welcomes guests to enjoy visiting the animals and even offers voluntary positions for those who love looking after animals.
With both Heswall and Gayton attracting young families to the area, there is a great choice when it comes to primary school education. For older children, there is a lack of choice within the immediate area for secondary schools, however, with a selection of high-performing schools within a few minutes’ drive away, families are not completely derived of choice.
For the small village of Gayton, Gayton Primary School is a one of the preferred choices for families which live in the area. Although it may be small, it is a rewarding school that was given an overall rating of ‘Good’ in its latest Ofsted report. The school operates a ‘buddy system’ for new pupils, which helps to settle the children into the school more efficiently and with its preschool nursery on site, educates many of the area’s young from birth up until eleven.
In the affluent Lower Heswall, the St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School is a prevalent choice for parents looking to send their children to a church school. Religious Education is a core subject within the school’s curriculum and the children are encouraged to discuss and reflect on their faith. As well as offering the standard curriculum, St. Peter’s offer a range of extra-curricular activities including Mini Olympics, Spanish, Fencing and Choir.
Surrounded by a field and wooded areas, Heswall Primary School is a great place for children to learn and play, it is also an Eco-Ambassador School, leading the way in outdoor education. The school operates an EPIC curriculum, evoking the values of Enquiry, Possibilities, Independence and Commitment in the children. A ‘Creative Curriculum’ allows the children to get out and about in the local community, with the children visiting local businesses to see how they are run and how things are made.
Your local train station is Heswall Train Station
Heswall Train Station to Liverpool Central - journey time around 40 mins with 1 change
Heswall Train Station to Chester - journey time around 1 hour 30 mins with 2 changes
There are 2 buses from Heswall to Liverpool:
471 from Heswall Bus Station to Liverpool Cook Street via Irby – journey time around 52 minutes
472 from Heswall Bus Station to Liverpool Cook Street via Pensby – journey time around 50 minutes
There are 2 buses from Heswall to Chester:
22 (originates in Moreton), Heswall Bus Station to Chester – journey time around 1 hour
X22 (originates in West Kirby), Heswall Bus Station to Chester – journey time around 1 hour