Hoylake is a huge beach about 2 miles wide and 6-7 miles long. it merges with West Kirby at its south-western end.
Basically the beach is a huge sandbank that stays dry on neap tides under 8.4m, but can take a day to dry out properly. The beach itself is ideal for land based 'forces-of-nature' sports and its one of the best locations around for kite-buggying and land-yatching. The sand can be too soft for mountain-boarding or for smaller wheeled speed-sails though.
It's a very long way to the water when the tide is out, so not really suited to watersports at low tide. It can however be a good place for windsurfing or kitesurfing when the tide is in as there is a large expanse of chest deep water perfect for learning to kitesurf of practising those elusive carve gybes. Most wind directions are OK, except southerlies or SE's which are offshore. Hoylake is not really suitable for surfing, although it does occasionally get some mushy windblown waves if you are desperate.
Hoylake is usually fairly quiet and parking is free all along the sea front. All the usual seaside amenities including, pubs, B&B's, shops etc are available nearby.
Restrictions are in place: Parts of the beach are protected by the natural trust from September - May. No Buggying/boarding/landyachting etc. in the first 200m of the beach.