Best Scenic Walks around Liverpool
Written byBecky Taylor
We’re so lucky to have some absolutely amazing places to go for a long walk in Liverpool. From the historic Pier Head the iconic buildings on the waterfront, to Sefton Park and some incredible hidden country trails along the northern coast and over on the Wirral, there are some scenic walks you’ll never forget in and around Liverpool.
One of the largest and most beautiful city parks in the whole of the UK, Sefton Park has much to admire and many different areas to explore on a walk. 235 acres of it to be precise. The fields and gardens account for much of this, whilst there is also a relaxing boating lake which is wonderful when the weather is bright and calm, the bandstand and the fairy glem, waterfalls and then the Palm House. An impressive structure that is home to a wonderful collection of palm trees, plants and flowers as part of the Liverpool Botanical Collection.
A 100 acre park in the south of the city, Calderstones has a range of lovely footpaths that take you through the botanical gardens, the woodland and the lakes. There are over 4000 species of plants in the gardens and you’ll also find a stream, a Japanese garden and a café to stop and have an ice cream or a picnic as part of your day.
Otterspool Promenade to Pier Head
This stretch along the front of the Mersey is a 4.9mile walk from the edges of the prestigious Cressington Esplanade all the way down to our beautiful Three Graces and the Pier Head. It is an easy walk that makes for a leisurely stroll along the waters edge. On a good day you get a fantastic view of the River Mersey and over to the Wirral, whilst about halfway along the route there is access to the amazing Liverpool Garden Festival site, which is also worth exploring. Towards the end of the route you’ll reach the edges of the city centre and walk past the arena and concention centre, the Albert Dock, past the Museum and end at the Pier Head in front of the Liver Building.
You may have to drive down to here (or get public transport first) but it is well worth it, as Hale Village has some incredible scenic walks to take in. This includes the Mersey Way, which is a trail that runs from close to Warrington all the way to Garston. Hale Marsh is to the side and a path along the shore will take you close to the mysterious Hale Head Lighthouse (which is out of commission). You’ll also take in The Childe of Hale, which is frankly a ludicrously wonderful statue commemorating a giant (you have to see it to believe it!).
Formby Red Squirrel Walk & Formby Beach
To the north of the city a coastal walk along Formby Beach and the National Trust in Formby brings you incredible views of the sea, a workout walking through the sand dunes and the chance to spot some red squirrels in the magical woodlands. It really does feel like a completely different part of the world, an escape from the buzz and the fast-paced city.
Wirral Way – Thursaston Beach
A trip over to the dark side can be bright and beautiful after all. The Wirral Way is a massive route throughout the peninsular that is perfect for walkers and cyclists and a particular route from West Kirby marina through Wirral Country Park and stopping off at the sandy majestic spot of Thursaston Beach is a must for those looking for a scenic walk that they’ll never forget.
Whether it’s a warm day in summer or a breezy Autumnal weekend, you can expect a dynamic day of scenery that’s sure to leave you feeling restored and refreshed.