When you think of Liverpool, most people would automatically think of the Docks, or the shopping or the nightlife. However, within about an hour’s drive of Liverpool, there are some truly fantastic walks to be enjoyed.
Walking isn’t just a good way to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle, it also gives you the chance to explore new areas of natural beauty. Here are some of the best walks we’ve found not too far away from Liverpool.
Hightown to Freshfield
• Distance: 5 miles
• Approx time: 2 hours
This beautiful stretch of the Sefton coastline takes you through plenty of diverse and colourful woodland and farmland. This walk begins by the River Alt, which attracts a variety of local birdlife (so take those binoculars!); and it passes by the Liverpool-Southport railway line.
The route is well-signposted and it will take you through to Victoria Road, where you can take in the gorgeous views of the glorious beach surrounded by tall pinewoods – here you can find red squirrels, natterjacks and an ever-changing landscape.
Delamere Forest and Old Pale Hill
• Distance: 4.5 miles
• Approx time: 2.5 hours
The walk begins at Delamere railway station and takes in a hill which gives you stunning views of seven counties. The descent allows visitors to explore the hidden treasures of Cheshire’s largest woodland.
With so much wildlife on offer, including an array of local birds, butterflies, bees and dragonflies – the route takes you up a pretty straightforward ascent up the Old Pale Hill, before you head through the meadows to Eddisbury Lodge and then down into Delamere Forest. The last portion of the walk takes you around Blakemere Moss, which is a large bog which is home to colonies of gulls.
Make sure you’ve got your camera ready when going through the forest, as you’ll come across a bog known as Black Lake, which is home to a rare species of Dragonfly. It is a lovely atmospheric walk, and in the summer it really comes alive.
The Lydiate Loop
• Distance: 6 miles
• Approx time: 3 hours
This walk starts and finishes at the New Running Horses pub on Bell’s Lane by the Leeds – Liverpool Canal, (a great place to have a rewarding drink afterwards).
Turning left you’ll follow the footpath signed Green Lane, crossing Maghull Brook at the footbridge and continue straight along to Green Lane, before heading right and following the track signposted Cheshire Lines Path/Trans-Pennine Trail. This path will eventually lead 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 beautiful Scotch Piper Inn. With the thatched roof and whitewashed walls, you’ll find it impossible to resist.
West Kirby and Caldy Hill
• Distance: 4 miles
• Approx time: 2.5 hours
For this walk, you start at the West Kirby train station and then turn right along Grange Road; on the right, opposite Orrysdale Road is 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 head left onto a public footpath over an old stone stile.
As you reach the top of this path, known as Echo Lane, you’ll head across the road and take the steps to Caldy Hill and the Mariners Column. The turn right and follow the public footpath, after 350 metres take the path’s right fork. Heading up over the brow of the hill, you can feast your eyes on some truly magical views.