Caldy as a place to live

Caldy is a very picturesque and mainly sandstone village situated on the southeast side of the Wirral Peninsula and developed around the old village and manor dating from the late 17th century. To the northwest, the village is bounded by the National Trust property known as Caldy Hill whilst the Dee estuary marks the western boundary, with more modern executive homes fringing the golf course.

Along with nearby Thurstaston & Irby, Caldy forms part of the broader West Kirby district, with an overall population of around 15,000, although the local inhabitants number about 1400.

Caldy History

Caldy (Calders) was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as being owned by Hugh of Mere. Until the 20th century, Caldy was effectively a farming and agricultural village. However, the then owners of the land divided the area into smaller building plots whereby wealthy Liverpool (and some Manchester) merchants developed upmarket homes resulting in Caldy becoming, arguably, “the North of England’s most exclusive residential village”, built using the local red sandstone.

In 1974 the village was declared a Conservation Area’ and there exists ‘The Caldy Society’ who, working alongside local government, ensure planning, architectural and building regulations ensure a high standard of limited development in keeping with the area.

Caldy once had its own railway station on the Hooton to West Kirby branch of the (then) Chester and Birkenhead railway line; now defunct and since becoming the beautiful Wirral Way Country Park.

Caldy Places of interest

The original red sandstone village area encompassing the old village school, church and local shops provides the visitor with a sense of tranquility and of a bygone era.

Caldy Schools

There are numerous local schools but, notably;

i) Calday Grange Grammar School
ii) Hilbre High School
iii) West Kirby Grammar School
iv) Avalon Preparatory School

Caldy Amenities & Attractions

The whole area is a haven for sports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists and horse lovers.
A walk or cycle along the Caldy-Heswall section of the Wirral Way Country Park allows for breathtaking mountain views of North Wales and a rural outlook to farmland and dales to the South.
There is also an excellent bridle path along the Wirral Way for the many horse and pony riders of the area.
The nearby Thurstaston based Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre allows for families to learn a lot about the history and wildlife of the Wirral.

Equally, Caldy Hill provides for energetic walks with some beautiful views across to Hilbre Island on the Dee Estuary.

For golfers, the Caldy Golf Club course provides a unique blend of seaside and parkland golf. Overlooking the River Dee, the course straddles the Wirral Way and, close by, are some other wonderful golf courses, including Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake) and Heswall Golf Club.

Caldy Rugby Club is famous for its annual Rugby 7’s and the sailing fraternity is also well served by the Dee Sailing Club at West Kirby.

Caldy Places to eat & drink

Being very close to West Kirby, Hoylake & Heswall, residents of Caldy are but within a short distance of some excellent restaurants, bars, country inns and cafes.

Caldy Transport

The village and surrounding area is very well served in being just off the main arterial A540 road to Chester and linking to the M53 motorway, as well as having a Mersey Rail station at nearby West Kirby, providing regular services to Liverpool and Chester. There is a frequent bus network, both for local transportation and to/from Liverpool and Chester.

Other places to live on the Wirral

Whilst this page focuses on Caldy, why not take a look at some of the other places to live on the Wirral.

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