10 ways to cycle around Liverpool
3 years ago
We’re appreciating the great outdoors more than ever, so if you’ve done all the walks, or you’re looking for a new destination to explore, take yourself out for a spin at some of Liverpool’s cycling hotspots.
From Formby to Otterspool, we are surrounded by so many places that are perfect for a bike ride.
And with many of us now finding a new appreciation for the outdoors, now is the perfect time to unlock the bike, jump on and explore some of Liverpool’s cycling hotspots…
1 – Leeds & Liverpool Canal
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in the north, offering cyclists up to 127-miles of scenic views and wildlife. Starting out at Stanley Dock, you can plan your route through East Lancashire and across the Pennines, before reaching the edge of the Yorskhire Dales as you approach Leeds.
2 – Seacombe to New Brighton
This coastal route is based at the historic Seacombe Ferry Terminal, heading to the promenade, and running alongside the New Brighton coastline, where you can admire views across to the iconic Liverpool skyline. Take a rest at New Brighton Lighthouse before heading back.
3 – Formby to Ainsdale
Leave the woodland surroundings of Formby to head out onto the Formby bypass, making your way past historic RAF Woodvale, before encountering the relaxing, winding paths of Ainsdale Sand Dunes Nature Reserve.
4 – Curlew Cycle Route
Head outwards Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre to take this circular route along the Crosby Coast. You’ll find spectacular views of both Wirral and North Wales coastline as you ride passed Antony Gormley’s Another Place statues, and Seaforth Freeport.
5 – Everton Park & Stanley Park
Start out at Everton Sports Centre to enjoy panoramic views stretching from Everton Park out across the city. Head towards to the 111-acre Stanley Park, which divides the home-turf of Goodison and Anfield, ideal for a relaxing bike ride in incredible surroundings.
6 – Rimrose Valley
Venture off-road to North Liverpool’s Rimrose Valley Country Park for superb green space and nature conservation between Crosby and Litherland. Part of the Mersey Forest, you’ll also discover a Site of Special Local Biological Interest, Brookvale Nature Reserve, in the south valley.
7 – Wirral Way
Begin your ride at Wirral Country Park in Thurstaston, a mostly traffic-free route along the former Birkenhead Railway line from West Kirby to Hooton. The 12-mile Wirral Way takes you along the coastal estuary of the River Dee, passing through Heswall and Thurstaston, with Royden Park and Caldy Hill en route, before finishing at West Kirby.
8 – Otterspool Promenade
Start your journey at the magnificent Liver Building, with this 5-mile route along the stunning waterfront, which will take you to the historic Royal Albert Dock. You can cycle along the promenade 5-miles to Otterspool, and finish your ride at the stunning Otterspool Park in South Liverpool.
9 – Liverpool Loop Line
Starting out along the flat-surfaced traffic-free route, from the former railway line in Halewood, you can journey across Gateacre, Knotty Ash and West Derby, completing your ride at Aintree racecourse.
10 – Eastham Country Park
If it’s a tranquil family ride you’re looking form try somewhere new, with the Green Flag awarded Eastham Country Park, located on the Wirral bank of the River Mersey. You’ll find 100-acres of lush woodland and cycle track as part of the Wirral Circular Trail to Port Sunlight.