Between West Kirby and Heswall, near the dunes of the Wirral's south-west coast lies the small town of Thurstaston, looking out over the river Dee towards Lancashire. Popular with holiday-makers, the town also attracts boat enthusiasts because it is home to the Dee Sailing Club which holds many regattas and competitions along the river estuary. From it's Victorian heyday, the coastal railway linked Thurstaston with the surrounding area, bringing tourists to the seaside from the nearby cities. In 1962 the line closed and the derelict land was converted to it's present use of public footpath and beauty-spot. Situated, as it is, at one end of the Wirral Way which follows the path of the old railway along the coast, Thurstaston is also a haven for ramblers and horse-riders alike wishing to take in the delights of the various sand-dunes and nature reserves along the Wirral peninsula. The area is home to a variety of unusual bird-life from Curlew and Magpies to Pheasants, and is therefore a great draw for birdwatchers.