Walking is good for the soul, but it also provides the opportunity to explore areas that you might not normally spend any time in. Liverpool and the surrounding area is packed full of outstanding walks for casual and experienced hikers. From city parks to woodland walks, here’s descriptions for five of the best.
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Surrounded by pretty pinewoods, Formby Beach is a day at the seaside with a difference. Coastal erosion means prehistoric levels of mud are often revealed at high and low tides, exposing dinosaur prints from millions of years ago. Enthusiastic explorers can scale the towering sand dunes for the reward of spectacular views across the Irish Sea and the Cumbrian Mountains. This enchanting expanse’s waymarked paths and picnic areas are easily accessible from the city via Merseyrail, and add up to a whole day’s worth of adventures.
Pier Head to Otterspool Park
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The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool building dominate the city’s famous waterfront and is the starting point for this walk. From Pier Head, continue through the Albert Dock before following the Mersey Way to Otterspool Park. This gentle and easy to follow route has breath-taking views of the Wirral and North Wales. Although the route is not circular, there are frequent buses from Aigburth Road (situated next to Otterspool Park) back to the city centre.
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If you want to experience Liverpool’s iconic vista in all its glory, Everton Park can’t be missed. The highest point of the park, Everton Brow, serves up remarkable panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. The route up to this vantage point might be the least pretty walk on this list, but the bird’s eye views of Liverpool’s stunning spires and magnificent towers are more than worth it. For the perfect Instagram moment, time your visit for sunset and prepare to get holiday snap happy.
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Waymarked dry sandstone paths snake through Cheshire’s largest woodland, offering walkers the chance to enjoy an array of flora and fauna. There is a wide choice of easy routes, plus the popular trek up to Pale Heights. Although the ascent may leave some walkers breathless, the stone circle viewpoint at the summit provides far-reaching views over the Pennines, Manchester, the Mersey estuary, and Cheshire’s wooded sandstone ridge. The forest’s Black Lake is also a very atmospheric trek and home to a rare species of dragonfly.
Sefton Coastal Path
For more experienced ramblers, the Sefton Coastal Path starts in Crosby and hugs the seacoast for 21 miles. Sefton’s coast has the largest undeveloped sand dune system in England, plus a combination of sandy beaches, coastal marshes, pine woodlands, heathery heathland, and tidal estuaries to explore. Along the way, you’ll pass through Ainsdale National Nature Reserve, where you can find the Natterjack Toad, red squirrels, sand lizards and great-crested newts. The final section skirts past The Open’s Royal Birkdale golf course, before finishing in the lovely seaside town of Southport.
Resting your weary feet
If you want to take the load off after a day’s exploring, Hallmark’s two Liverpool hotels offer easy access to the city and the walks featured on this list.
Hallmark Inn Liverpool (better known as the Best Western Feathers Hotel) is a Grade II listed building located less than a mile from the Albert Docks. Hallmark Hotel Liverpool South is situated on the fringe of Sefton Park and its 200 acres of leafy loveliness.
Both hotels also include comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep, free access to super-fast Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, a delicious breakfast buffet and many other facilities.
Book now to avoid missing out on Hallmark Hotel’s special offers available through the website.