Whether it’s a relaxed wander to blow out the cobwebs from the night before, or a full-blown adventure to get your steps in, Liverpool is surrounded by a ton of gorgeous walks.
I’ve rounded up 27 of my favourite walks in Liverpool. They range from short strolls through inner-city parks to rewarding rambles along coastal routes.
So if you’re looking for the best walks near Liverpool, keep reading!
This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Megan Naylor.
1. Royal Albert Dock
Address: 3-4 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA
Where better to start this list of the best Liverpool walks than with the historic UNESCO site waterfront that Liverpool is so famous for?
With plenty of places along the way to eat and drink, Royal Albert Dock offers a rewarding wander along the promenade.
An abundance of seasonal events such as art installations and Christmas Light Walks mean that this spot always has something going on.
It’s also perfect in all weather as there’s always somewhere to shelter! Pick between the numerous cafes, museums and galleries in the docks.
2. Sefton Park
Address: Sefton Park, Liverpool L17
With over two hundred acres of beauty, Sefton Park is one of the most popular walking spots in Liverpool.
The park’s beautiful palm house is one of the focal points. It plays host to events such as community events, movie nights and musical events.
With sculptural attractions and lovely gardens, as well as a big boating lake, Sefton Park is ideal for a weekend wander.
A café on the edge of the lake also means that you can grab a mid-walk refreshment!
3. Festival Gardens
Address: Unit 49, Springfield, Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU
Steeped in history, this former household waste tip was transformed into the UK’s first-ever garden festival in the 1980s.
The now tranquil space includes oriental gardens, restored pagodas, lakes, waterways and waterfalls, as well as a picturesque promenade.
All of this makes for a stunning walking route, and to top it all off there’s even a locally famous ice cream van!
4. Wirral Way
Okay, this is one of my absolute favourite walks in Liverpool.
The Wirral Way is made up of a disused railway path that stretches from West Kirby to Hooton and finishes up with a stunning view of the Dee Estuary and Wales.
From woodland to cliffs, this route has something for every nature-lover, and although it winds through the city, it feels very removed from the hustle and bustle.
At twelve miles long, this route is one of the longer walks near Liverpool.
But the good news is that you can dip in and out with lots of access points.
5. Everton Park
Address: Heyworth St, Liverpool L5 3PU
With more of a modern backdrop, this park is a great site for an inner-city walk.
Views from this area include the beautiful Mersey, as well as vistas of the skyline, so there’s plenty to enjoy on your wander.
This spot is very popular with dog walkers and runners because of the flat terrain and accessibility.
6. Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Reserve
Address: Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Promenade, Ainsdale PR8 2QB
With beautiful sand dunes and a stunning beach, this Reserve offers tranquillity to the point where it’s easy to forget that the city centre is so close by.
Fascinating wildlife and rare species, including Sand Lizards and Wildflowers, characterise this area, and with easy to follow footpaths, it’s accessible for most.
The Sand Dunes are especially beautiful during the summer months.
But for a lovely, fresh wander it’s also a great spot in the winter months.
The nearby Ainsdale Discovery Centre is another popular part of this site, offering a place to shelter and learn if bad weather cuts your walk short.
7. Allerton Tower Park
Address: Woolton Rd, Liverpool L25 7UL
Another of my favourite walks in Liverpool, Allerton Tower Park is a real hidden gem.
This thirty-five-acre park in South Liverpool is next to a beautiful golf course and is perfect for a medium-length stroll.
It’s a park estate with features such as the remains of a mansion house, beautiful gardens and a lovely orangery.
8. Calderstones Park
Address: Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Rd, Liverpool L18 3JB
A big, beautiful park with a variety of different garden elements, including English and Japanese styles, Calderstones Park has something for everyone.
The scenery is characterised by woodland, lakes and fields, and it’s a truly relaxing, tranquil spot.
The most famous sights to see in a walk around this park is a one-thousand-year-old oak tree, and ancient megaliths (for all you stone-lovers out there!).
An incorporated Botanical Gardens within the park features plant species from all around the world, so this is one of the best Liverpool walks for nature-lovers.
9. Liverpool Canal
As Liverpool is situated perfectly on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, you’re in the best place to enjoy a waterside walk.
Although you might not manage to get the whole length of the canal in (it’s the longest canal in Northern England, at 127 miles long), the beauty of it is that you can dip in and out as you like, with lots of accessible exit points.
There’s also amazing transport links, meaning that wherever you decide to end your walk, you can easily get back to your start point!
This canal-side walk is also perfect for guests who prefer flatter terrain.
This is because the paths are mostly well-maintained and suitable for both ramblers and cyclists.
10. Formby Beach
Address: Victoria Rd, Formby, Liverpool L37 1LJ
Formby Beach is a great option for a variety of intensities of walks, all enjoying the beautiful coastal and pinewood scenery of the area.
Red Squirrels are one of the most prized inhabitants of Formby, so if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of them on your wander!
You can also enjoy the views across huge crop fields, including vegetables like asparagus.
With the perfect fusion of woodland and coast, you couldn’t find a more relaxing walk.
11. Otterspool Promenade
Address: Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL
Another accessible, easy route that can be extended for as long as you’d like!
Otterspool Promenade stretches along the Mersey River, with gorgeous river and city views alike.
It’s the perfect place for a relaxed wander or a high-intensity run!
The promenade has regular intervals of green spaces, interspersed with suburbia.
This makes it the perfect place to stop and have a picnic, sunbathe or a game of frisbee.
12. Reynolds Park
Address: 116 Church Rd, Woolton, Liverpool L25 6DF
Known by locals as a ‘hidden gem’ of the city, this park is an amazingly peaceful spot for a wander.
With beautiful gardens, including a space enclosed in mansion ruins, and a yew garden, Reynolds Park has beautiful scenery and plants.
My favourite time to go for a walk in this particular spot is autumn, as the trees are just stunning!
13. Childwall Woods
Address: Countisbury Dr, Childwall Abbey Rd, Liverpool L16 0JW
Another well-kept local secret, this woodland area in the centre of the Childwall suburb is one of the best Liverpool walks if you fancy an explore.
Reconnect with your childhood sense of adventure and explore the strange woodland and expansive network of trenches.
A circular walk of these woods will give you a beautiful mix of fields, woodland and city views, and when you’re finished with your walk you can try out one of the many lovely cafes and coffee shops nearby!
14. Stanley House Gardens
Address: Walton Ln, Anfield, Liverpool L4 2SL
With gorgeous listed buildings and historic features, Stanley House Park and Gardens is a popular site for locals and tourists alike.
Beautiful sandstone pavilions give way to exquisite gardens, and there’s even a vintage bandstand that looks like something out of a fairytale!
The gorgeous surroundings mean that a walk through this site would never be boring.
My favourite part of this tranquil park is the Victorian conservatory, which is another unique and stunning spectacle to enjoy on your walk!
15. Croxteth Hall and Country Park
Address: Croxteth Hall, Liverpool L12 0HA
With a bustling network of pathways and streams, Croxteth Country Park is worlds away from the busy city centre.
The sights of this park range from luscious pastures to sprawling ponds.
A traditional, working Victorian farm is within the park, so this walking route is a must for animal lovers!
Amongst the farm animals that you could catch a glimpse of are a range of pig breeds (with seriously cute piglets), sheep and even goats!
16. Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve
Address: Liverpool L24 1XD
A popular pathway along the banks of the Mersey Estuary, this walk is easy to follow and offers stunning coastal views!
At around forty minutes, it’s short and sweet, but you can also extend it if you’d like.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well yes, actually, it’s both.
This route offers not only the opportunity to enjoy the abundant birdlife of the estuary but also views of aircraft landing and taking off from Liverpool Airport.
The path leads you close to the runway, so it’s one of the best Liverpool walks for any aviation enthusiasts!
17. Birkenhead Park
Address: Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 4HY
As the world’s first publicly funded park, Birkenhead Park has lots to offer.
The gorgeous architecture includes a Roman Boathouse and a Swiss Bridge, but there’s also a lot of natural appeal!
There are the lakes, offering the opportunity to take a break from your walk for fishing, as well as the huge range of trees and wildlife, offering a beautiful backdrop.
With guided walks also on offer, you could even learn something while you wander!
18. Wavertree Botanic Gardens
Address: Edge Ln, Liverpool L7 9PL
With a stunning range of gardens and a peaceful aura, Wavertree Botanic Gardens is the perfect spot for a relaxing summer walk.
A wander around the gardens offers the opportunity to unwind, and forget how close you are to the bustle of the city.
Known for its beautiful Cherry Blossoms, this easily accessible park is a great choice for a short stroll.
19. Court Hey Park
Address: Roby Rd, Huyton, Liverpool L16 3NA
Another great option for a shorter walk, Court Hey Park is nestled in the suburbs of the city.
The park has lots of unique features to explore, including wildflower exhibitions, a Sunken Garden, and a beautiful Victorian walled garden.
An engaging Ranger Team means that this park offers guided walks, and there’s even a café for refreshments when you’re done.
20. Woolton Woods
Address: 103 School Ln, Woolton, Liverpool L25 7TX
Famous for its stunning wildflower fields, a walk through Woolton Woods is another shorter option with easy terrain and clear paths.
The abundant flora makes this area popular with all different types of wildlife, which is a key part of what makes this place so unbelievably relaxing.
This spot is really popular with locals, and it’s also a great place for dog walking!
21. Greenbank Park
Address: Greenbank Rd, Liverpool L18 1HQ
Greenbank Park is best known for its absolutely stunning lake, which gives it a lovely, tranquil atmosphere at any time of day.
A short walk around this park is sure to relax you, and for those who are nervous around dogs, there’s also an enclosed ‘dog free’ area where you can relax.
With beautiful trees, this park is at its best in autumn, when you can enjoy the gorgeous array of colours.
22. Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve
Address: Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt Village, near Crosby. Lunt L29 7WL
Perhaps one of the less accessible options, Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve is best suited to those who don’t mind donning wellies and a waterproof for their walk.
This wetland nature reserve offers a range of walks for visitors to enjoy a huge amount of wildlife, which include lapwings and oystercatchers, as well as herons and egrets.
In short, this is a bird watcher’s paradise!
23. Southport Promenade
Address: Southport PR8 1SB
A little further afield, Southport is around a forty-five-minute drive from Liverpool.
However, there are 14.5 miles of promenade to enjoy walking along, so it’s definitely one of the best walks near Liverpool.
Of course, the accessibility of this route means that you can make your walk as long or as short as you’d like.
And guided health walks even mean that on certain dates you can enjoy a guided wander.
Beautiful coastal views and charming vintage architecture mean that you won’t be short of things to look at.
The lovely marine lake and gardens offer lots of opportunities to have a sit-down and take it all in too.
24. Crosby Beach
Address: Crosby Leisure Centre, Mariners Road, Liverpool L23 6XW
The Sefton Coastal Path is a twenty-two mile-long pathway that offers stunning views of the Wirral coastline.
At the start of this route is Crosby Beach, which is an amazing place to explore if you’re not quite up to the full length of the route.
However, there aren’t just coastal vistas to enjoy as Crosby Beach is most famous for artist Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation.
A hundred cast-iron figures are spread across the beach, making for a fascinating spectacle to enjoy on your wander.
25. Hale Head Lighthouse
Address: Church Rd, Hale, Liverpool L24 4AZ
Hale Village is hugely popular with walkers, thanks to its lovely views of the Mersey Estuary and historical Lighthouse.
A circular route offers the opportunity to see aircraft taking off from Liverpool Airport.
But there’s also a huge variety of wildlife to enjoy.
The most popular five-mile route also begins and ends at the Childe of Hale pub, which is a popular spot for locals.
26. Hilbre Island
Address: West Kirby, Wirral CH48 8BW
Home to one of the most popular beaches in Liverpool, West Kirby is your starting point to walk across to Hilbre Island.
After around a two-mile walk, you’ll find yourself on the secluded, peaceful island.
Here you can enjoy the incredible views of the Dee Estuary and beyond.
The wildlife here is definitely the highlight, and if you’re lucky you might even spot some grey seals!
27. Liverpool City
Of course, despite all the nature-filled routes suggested here, it’s impossible to not mention the urban expanse of Liverpool city centre.
I absolutely love people-watching, and a wander through the streets of the city gives ample opportunity to do this.
Street performers and pop-up events mean that you can stumble across so many incredible treats and really take in the atmosphere.
I think it’s safe to say that there’s an amazing selection of places to go for walks near Liverpool. But which of these walks in Liverpool do you most want to go on now? Please let me know in the comments below!
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