Best Parks and Walks in Liverpool
Ready to explore Liverpool on Foot? Liverpool is not just a party city, it is also home to some of the most beautiful parks, woods and walks in England.
From Otterspool promenade which spans all the way from the city centre to Speke airport along the beautiful waterfront to Sefton and Calderstones park in the residential areas of the City.
If you’re in Liverpool on a Summers day or looking for somewhere to take your kids to burn off some energy, or need a walk to clear your head after a night on the booze, head to one of our favourite green spaces.
A stunning example of Victorian parkland, Sefton Park is the perfect place to banish the cobwebs and wander aimlessly for an afternoon outside.
Take your time meandering your way around the maze of paths that intersect wooded areas, waterways and vast expanses of green. Features of the park include the Fairy Glenn waterfalls, the pretty pagoda sitting lakeside and of course Sefton Park Palm House.
Striking out from the familiar landmark waterfront of Liverpool, the Otterspool Promenade is a bracing walk guaranteed to refresh and revive even the weariest of walkers.
Take your time strolling along this 4 ½ mile jaunt and enjoy views across the Mersey and out towards neighbouring Wirral. On a crisp clear day you may even catch views of North Wales’ rolling hills.
Take the route to its limits then turn around and head back into town and see the city’s landmark Three Graces from a different angle, bathed in the bright sun.
Begin your stroll in Woolton Village and through the winding woodland paths, passing the 18th century walled gardens and up onto Camp Hill where the fun can really begin.
Camp Hill, believed once to be an Iron Age settlement, provides magnificent views over the surrounding leafy suburbs of the city as well as an ideal sledging slope.
Get outside this winter and have some childlike fun as you climb Camp Hill, only to sledge back down again.
Ever wondered why we don’t see many red squirrels frolicking in our trees these days?
It’s because they are now a species under threat and Formby is one of the few places left in the UK where you are likely to spot one. The red squirrels are a treasured part of Formby.
Other attractions to Formby Woods include the Asparagus Walk and just beyond the woodland the sand dunes of Formby Beach. A fabulous walk with plenty to see and ideal for walkers of all abilities and ages – a great day out with the kids!
Walks near Liverpool don’t get much prettier than a wander round Port Sunlight. Hop across the Mersey River by train or ferry, and make your way to this picture perfect village.
You can walk amongst manicured gardens, tudor style homes and architectural marvels such as the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Christ Church and the delightful dell bridge.
Named after a set of ancient standing stones that are said to be older than StoneHenge itself, Calderstones park has a wealth of wonders ready and waiting to be discovered on a cleansing walk.
Take some time to find tranquility in the ornamental Japanese gardens, discover the century old Allerton Oak amongst the woodland, and wander along the rivers round around over 100 acres of pretty parkland.
You can really get lost in Calderstone Park on a Summers day. Take a picnic and bask in the sun on one of the open fields to really make the most of a day out in Calderstones Park.
From end to end the route is around 5 miles, starting at Waterloo train station and travelling along past Crosby Marine Lake and onto the beach side pathway where Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ sculptures await.
The sculptures span out across a section of Crosby Beach and into the sea where the busy shipping lanes are filled with freighters during high tide.
Also, a reminder of Liverpool’s place in maritime past, the Victorian sea front properties provide a snapshot of the city’s prosperity, and of course the soft white sandy beach and sparkling sea itself are sights to behold.
Crosby Beach is a great sight seeing destination when visiting Liverpool. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with the sculptures – one for insta!
The surrounding grounds of Liverpool landmark, Croxteth Hall, are perfect for long walks.
From the pretty walled gardens, old stables, and home farm to the long pond and paths along the River Alt, Croxteth Park is an easy way to escape the city centre and get lost in never ending green space.
There is also a farm within the grounds so take the kids to meet the family run farm which is home to horses, pigs and more! You’ll even get to feed them and give them a pat!
Heralded as one of the best walks near Liverpool, and one that every visitor to the Wirral should undertake, head out to Hilbre Island for a mind clearing day out.
The largest of a three island archipelago, Hilbre Island is a Wirral nature reserve that invites walkers to test the tides. Plan your walk carefully or you could find yourself stranded.
Home to grey seals and a variety of seafaring birds, the island itself is lovely to wander around, but reaching it is the best part of the journey.
This 4 mile, 2 hour walk begins near the West Kirby marine lake, stretches out across the sands, and provides striking views of North Wales and the Wirral coastline along the way.
Complete this canalside stroll in under two hours, starting and ending at the popular pub, The Running Horses.
Part of the Trans Pennine Trail, this is a lovely way to walk for those who simply want to get outside and explore places outside of Liverpool City Centre.
Watch as barges bob down the Liverpool to Leeds canal, pass through fields that are home to horses, and duck under old stone bridges along your way.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, a statement that certainly rings true with Childwall Woods which up until the 70s was a landfill.
Today the gorgeous green space is part of the Mersey Forest project, home to a variety of deciduous trees and teaming with wildlife.
So whether you have a headache from your night out on the town and you’re in need of some fresh air or you want to venture outside the city centre to explore the underrated areas of Liverpool, choose one of our favourite green spaces.