If you want to start Christmas morning or Boxing Day morning with a refreshing stroll or have a stretch after indulging in Christmas dinner, then Liverpool has plenty of scenic options to choose from.
Allerton Country Walk
Allerton Country Walk is around seven miles long (if you include the optional route around Childwall Woods) through the countryside atmosphere of Liverpool’s diverse parks, woodlands, open spaces and public footpaths. During the two to three hour walk, you will pass through a landscape full of historical interest along with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Follow the walking guide and map to discover more. To help you along the route, signage has been placed periodically as a guide.
Enjoy a peaceful stroll in the country, surrounded by magnificent woodland, grazing livestock and traditional cottages. The landscape here has changed little in over a century, even though it’s just six miles from Liverpool City Centre.
This walk begins in Croxteth Hall Country Park. It’s the heart of was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. After the death of the last Earl it was given to the City of Liverpool.
As well as Croxteth Park itself, the Country Park is also home to a real working Home Farm, a Victorian Walled Garden and a 500 acre nature reserve – all open to the public. It’s an excellent place to explore to see wildlife and hints of a forgotten feudal past.
The promenade makes a great change of scenery for walking your dog or cycling, with wide, traffic-free space, and wonderful views over to Wirral. If you keep walking, you’ll end up at the Royal Albert Dock which is always a wonderful sight to see.
Be sure to wrap up warm at this time of year because it’ll probably be a little windy, but refreshing nonetheless.
Childwall Woods has remained virtually unchanged since they were planted in the 1700s, however, through the years their name has changed as have their owners. The woods were originally the grounds of Childwall Hall the seat of a wealthy landowner and were known as The Grounds. They extended from Childwall Abbey Road to The Black Woods, and from Countisbury Drive to Woolton Rd. The owners of the hall owned vast amounts of land and planted much of it as woodlands, some of it still existing today as Childwall Woods.
The Local Nature Reserve of Childwall Woods and Fields is a wonderful place for a walk in the countryside without leaving the city.
Speke Garston Coastal Reserve
Speke-Garston Coastal Reserve is a haven of tranquillity carved out of the old Speke Airport site. It consists of 70 acres of land stretching from Garston Docks to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the banks of the Mersey Estuary. There are fine views over the Mersey and the silence is broken only by the calls of sea birds and waders – and the occasional plane making its approach to John Lennon Airport.