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Walking is a great way to stay healthy and it’s amazing how much more you notice when you’re out and about on foot – even in a city you thought you knew so well.
So if you want to lace up your trainees and carry on walking, here’s a few of our favourite routes to try…
Approx 4 miles
This is a great walk along the length of the River Mersey from Cressington and Otterspool to the Royal Liver Buildings with wide open views across the water to the Wirral.
A good-sized path, it’s popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists but, don’t worry, it’s wide enough to fit everyone without any problems.
When you reach the Pier Head, take in Liverpool’s historic and grand architecture. The Three Graces includes the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, showcasing the best of the city with historic foundations dating back to the early 1900s.
Not far from the centre of Liverpool, Hale Village is lovely oasis, steeped in history and particularly famous for its legend of John Middleton, also known as the Childe of Hale..
Start your walk near the Childe of Hale pub and be sure to look out for Middleton’s former home, one of Hale’s most charming thatched cottages.
You can even visit his grave in the churchyard of St Mary’s on Church Road. The gravestone reads “Here lyeth the bodie of John Middleton the Childe. Nine feet three. Borne 1578. Dyede 1623.”
Follow the path down to the shore to reach the kissing-gate where you’ll find a signpost directing your adventure trail to Garston, with plenty of scenery and wildlife to look out for along the way.
You’ll also go past the Hale Head Lighthouse along the shore path before continuing beside the estuary and back towards the village.
Around 3.2 miles
From the front of Lime Street Station, you can walk through some of the city’s most well-known attractions, and some less well known. Turn left until you get to the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, then turn left up Brownlow Hill.
Continue up Brownlow Hill and cross to the right when your reach the back of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Cross over at the front of the cathedral and go along Hope Street to the Philharmonic Hall, then carry on until you get to the Luggage sculpture. Continue along Hope Street then turn left into Canning Street. At the junction with Bedford Street South, go down Bedford Street South and at Upper Parliament Street, turn right again and cross over at the traffic lights at the junction with Princes Road.
Continue along Upper Parliament Street then cross over and turn right into St James Road, leading to Liverpool Cathedral.
Leave the Cathedral and go down Upper Duke Street to the junction with Berry Street and Great George Street. Cross over to the Chinese arch at the top of Nelson Street.
Continue down Nelson Street, through Chinatown. Turn right onto St James Street and then Park Lane, towards Paradise Street. You can turn left to go to Albert Dock or go right to the shops. It’s just over three miles but it might take you a few hours if you enjoy exploring and looking out for all the amazing buildings en-route.
Approx. 5.6 miles
Taking in the Sefton coastline from Crosby to Southport, this route is well sign-posted and a great afternoon walk with plenty to see along the way. You can start the walk at Waterloo train station and head down South Road towards the Victorian villas, many of which were once occupied by ship captains during Merseyside’s golden maritime age.
The seafront offers amazing views of Liverpool, New Brighton and North Wales and of course, heading towards Crosby Beach you get the chance to wander onto the sands to see Antony Gormley’s famous iron men.
After Crosby beach, carry on along the path towards Hightown (keep an eye out for remains of war bunkers within the dunes).
After reaching the coastguard station, stop to take a look back – and, if it’s a clear day, you will be rewarded with clear views of the Welsh hills and the Wirral coastline.
Leaving the promenade, you can take a more isolated path flanked by grassed areas and stones and rocks before the reappearance of sand dunes towards the end of your journey – before reaching Lower Alt Road and Hightown station.
Start at West Kirby train station and turn right along Grange Road and, when you reach Orrysdale Road you’ll see the entrance to the Wirral Way. Ashton Park is next and, to the right of the playground, you will then go over a bridge and take the middle of three paths.
Outside the park you will walk up Rectory Road, then turn left onto a public footpath over an old stone stile.
At the top of this path you cross the road and take the steps to Caldy Hill and the Mariners Column, before turning right and following the public footpath.
After 350 metres, having just passed a set of gate posts, take the path’s right fork.
Heading up over the brow of the hill, you enjoy some fabulous views.
Make your way back to the train station via Kings Drive and Caldy Road – and you will also see some fine views of the Dee Estuary and West Kirby Marine Lake.
The walk starts and finishes at the New Running Horses pub on Bell’s Lane by the Leeds – Liverpool Canal.
You will turn left and follow the footpath signed Green Lane, crossing Maghull Brook at the footbridge and continue straight on to Green Lane, before turning right and following the track signed Cheshire Lines Path/Trans-Pennine Trail.
The path will eventually take you to Southport Road and the 16th century Lydiate Hall which was a complete ruin by 1940.
The ruins of St. Catherine’s Chapel also feature on the Loop – as does the wonderful Scotch Piper Inn with its thatched roof and whitewashed walls.
Later, via Hall Lane, you will reach the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Jackson’s Bridge – and then back to the New Running Horses.
More info on the Mersey Forest website here.
There are few better family-friendly walks and trails near Liverpool than Formby.
You’ll make memories to treasure spotting the red squirrels as you explore the enchanting woodlands of Formby, or exploring the sand dunes and the expansive coastline.
It’s a great spot for a picnic surrounded by nature, as well as places to stop off along the way.
Check out the National Trust website for the walks you can follow including the Asparagus Trail and the Undiscovered Formby trail which tales you on the hunt for prehistoric footprints.
1 ½ – 2.3 miles
Sefton Park is one of Liverpool’s most popular outdoor spots with its beautiful lake, gardens, and fairy glen with caves and waterfalls, so there’s lots to discover – or rediscover.
A simple and straight forward walking route around the Grade I listed site takes in the main attractions and is perfect for little legs too.
You can take a stroll around the Palm House or the Lake or, if you fancy a circular route, just do a circuit of the park itself. Walking around will cover 2.3 miles so if you want to keep a track of your walk or increase your effort it’s easy to do.
Croxteth Hall Country Park is at the heart of what was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. After the death of the last Earl it was given to the City of Liverpool – so it’s there for you to enjoy.
From the hall, take the curving path towards the River Alt (signposted ‘Walled Garden’). At the crossroads go straight on.
Cross the Alt and bear right between the houses. Where the path becomes overgrown straight on, follow the path on the right, crossing a Tarmac-ed path, then follow the track round to the left, re-entering the wood. This path leads all the way to the motorway, where you make a U-turn.
Turn right just before the lodge. Turn left at the T junction. Turn right and recross the Alt.
Turn right at the crossroads, and bear left back towards the hall.
Take the first right, bear left and cross the Alt for the fourth time – and arrive back at the Hall.
Allerton Country Walk is around seven miles long (if you include the optional route around Childwall Woods) through the countryside atmosphere of Liverpool’s parks, woodlands, open spaces and public footpaths.
During the two to three-hour walk, you will pass through a landscape full of historical interest along with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Stage one takes you from Calderstones Park to Allerton Towers, stage two from Allerton Towers through Clarke Gardens and Camp Hill/Woolton Woods and, stage three, from Woolton Village through Reynolds Park, Black Woods and back to Calderstones Park.
You can get full details from the City Council website here.
Here’s a great one from Paul Fawkesley, from Treasure Hunt Liverpool, and it’s only short but takes in some ‘pretty lovely buildings, statues and other interesting things’.
Start at the Bombed Out Church at the top of Bold street, then head up the hill, left onto Rodney Street then right onto Maryland Street, up to Hope street.
If you want, go left to see the Metropolitan Cathedral, passing the Everyman. From the cathedral, turn around and head back along Hope Street.
After the London Carriage Works, go right down beautiful Hope Place then left along Pilgrim street to the Anglican Cathedral. Go down the path into St James Gardens, behind the cathedral.
From the cathedral, cross to Rodney street, left down Knight Street, arriving at Berry Street, then turn right to get back to the Bombed out Church.
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