Heritage Trail

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.

Heritage Trail Marker

Heritage Trail Marker

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 (16 pages, A5) about the Bidston Hill Heritage Trail is now in its second edition. Copies may be purchased for 50p from these outlets:

  • Bidston Windmill (on open days)
  • Bidston Lighthouse (on open days), and
  • Oxton Books, at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.

All proceeds go to the Friends of Bidston Hill.

For smartphone users, we also have a Geotourist version of the Bidston Hill Heritage Trail, complete with audio.

Happy Trails!

QR code plaque

QR code plaque

The Heritage Trail has 15 Focus Points:

  1. Tam O’Shanter Cottage
  2. King George’s Way
  3. Taylor’s Wood
  4. Vyner Road
  5. Bidston Windmill
  6. Flag Poles and Semaphore Station
  7. Sandstone
  8. Bidston Observatory
  9. The Lighthouse
  10. Horse Carving
  11. Bidston Hall
  12. The Cock Pit
  13. The Sun Goddess and Moon God
  14. The Mummers’ Carvings
  15. Penny-a-Day Dyke and the Deer Park