Bidston Hill is approximately 100 acres of lowland western heath, mixed woodland and acid grassland. The site is designated as a site of biological importance (SBI) and has some regionally interesting geological features (designated as RIGS areas). The hill rises to 231 feet (70.4m) above sea level, and abounds with points of historical interest and local heritage as well as being a wildlife haven amidst the urban sprawl.
The Heritage Trail has been put together to allow people to explore Bidston Hill and its heritage for themselves. Follow the trail using the map and the numbered marker posts. Look out for the blue Heritage Trail markers, and the black and white QR code plaques. If you have a smartphone, you can use a QR reader app to bring up the matching Heritage Trail web page in your browser.
A printed booklet about the Bidston Hill Heritage Trail is available from the ranger’s office at Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm. Stocks are running out, but we’re hoping to produce a new edition soon.
For smartphone users, we also have a Geotourist version of the Bidston Hill Heritage Trail, complete with audio.
The Heritage Trail has 15 Focus Points:
- Tam O’Shanter Cottage
- King George’s Way
- Taylor’s Wood
- Vyner Road
- Bidston Windmill
- Flag Poles and Semaphore Station
- Bidston Observatory
- The Lighthouse
- Horse Carving
- Bidston Hall
- The Cock Pit
- The Sun Goddess and Moon God
- The Mummers’ Carvings
- Penny-a-Day Dyke and the Deer Park