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Thurstaston Common

Thurstaston Common and Royden Park consist of a large area of heath and woodland on the Wirral Peninsula.

The Dee Estuary from Thurstaston Common


The site is jointly owned by Wirral Borough Council and The National Trust the site is managed by Wirral Rangers. Habitat varies from mixed woodland dominated by birches, oak, sycamore and rowan to wet and dry heath.  Locally rare plants such as marsh gentian, oblong-leaved sundew and round-leaved sundew are found on the common. Animals include common lizard and birds such as yellowhammer and meadow pipit feed and nest in the heather.

The Common ablaze with heather in late summer

Thurstaston CommonThursaston Common

Thurstaston is a popular spot with walkers for the superb views, at just 90m above sea level, it offers some of the best the Wirral has to offer, from the summit of Thurstaston Hill the views encompass the Liverpool skyline, the Welsh hills over the River Dee, the Irish Sea coast and, in clear weather, Snowdonia, the Pennine Hills, the Lake District. A viewfinder erected in memory of Andrew Blair, founder of Liverpool and District Ramblers Association, helps visitors find their bearings. The Common is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a variety of wildlife including dragonflies, common lizards, tawny owl, jay and sparrowhawk, woodpeckers can also be sighted in the pine plantations.

Thor's Stone

Thor's Stone, a large red sandstone outcrop on the common of unusual shape and appearance, is a place shrouded in legend. Early Viking settlers are purported to have held religious ceremonies there. A large rectangular block of stone that is 50 feet in length, 30 feet wide by 25 foot high which has been eroded over thousands of years.

Thustaston Common

Local folklore tells that the rock is named after the Norse thunder god Thor. Viking settlers from Thingwall apparently settled here in the 10th century and according to legend, they used the stone as a pagan altar. The stone was also known locally as 'Fair Maiden's Hall', the curious rock was moulded by water flows under the ice at the end of the last Ice Age and further modified by subsequent erosion and possible quarrying. The small pool to the left of Thor's Stone is one of the wetland areas to be found on the heath.

Thor's Stone, ThurstastonThor's Stone, Thurstaston

The top of Thor's Stone can be reached by a choice of easy scrambles up the heavily eroded rock. The outlines of 230 million year old sand dunes can be detected in the rock layers, a reminder that the area was an equatorial desert in the Triassic period.

A walk at Thurstaston Common

Viking Wirral

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