Hit the Trail: 7 Unbeatable Cycle Paths in Liverpool!

Hit the Trail: 7 Unbeatable Cycle Paths in Liverpool!

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In this post we highlight some of the best cycling paths Liverpool has to offer including well-maintained national cycle routes and mountain biking options not too far away from the city! Liverpool is a great city to cycle in. There are plenty of safe traffic-free routes to enjoy and the scenery is beautiful with many views across the River Mersey. Known mostly for being a vibrant, football loving city, Liverpool's cycling network isn't well known to outsiders but is well worth your time experiencing the tarmac paths here. If you're looking for a fun way to explore Liverpool, cycling is the way to go!

You can take in the centre of the city on the Liverpool Loop Line, spot the wildlife at the many nature reserves on the Squirrel Cycle Route, or hire a bike and go mountain biking at Delamere Forest!

Cycling In Liverpool Is A Must-do Activity!

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    The table above lists all the best cycling routes around Liverpool. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that route.

    Take in the sights and sounds of Merseyside on your bike and enjoy the scenery on offer. Have a look below at the bike trails on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each route, for further information before you travel.

    Liverpool Loop Line

    The Liverpool Loop Line is a wonderful route that provides an escape from the city. The flat, easy, and traffic-free trail runs through Liverpool providing a pleasant feel amongst bustling city life which is perfect for beginning cyclists or families looking to enjoy a peaceful bike ride without having to go out to the countryside.

    Seacombe Ferry to New Brighton

    The ride from Seacombe Ferry Terminal to New Brighton is a great way for beginners and families who want an easy, traffic-free cycling experience with scenic views of the Liverpool Waterfront. The fantastic scenic path takes cyclists past city landmarks and iconic buildings ending at New Brighton, which has a range of activities waiting for you upon your arrival.

    Squirrel Cycle Route

    This fun and easy route is perfect for families! It passes by several nature reserves where you can stop and see the local wildlife in their natural habitats. The 7.5-mile Squirrel Cycle Route will take around an hour to complete and is mostly off-road. Southport is located just north of Liverpool and is easy to get there by car making this route a good option for an afternoon ride.

    Curlew Cycle Route

    On a beautiful day, there is no better way to enjoy the outdoors than with an incredible bike ride on the Curlew Cycle Route. Head out towards Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and take this circular route along the coast as you pass Antony Gormley’s Another Place statues before arriving at Seaforth Freeport where you can find spectacular views of both Wirral and the North Wales coastline!

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    The Wirral Way

    The 'Wirral Way' is a well known traffic free cycle route that stretches for 12 miles and takes in Wirral Country Park along the journey. Following the old Birkenhead Railway route from Hooton to West Kirby, the family-friendly route takes you along the coastline providing stunning views of the estuary of the River Dee.

    Otterspool Promenade to Sefton Park

    This cycling route is a scenic ride through some of the south of the city's prettiest spots. You will take in plenty of gardens and lakes on your journey and will cycle alongside the River Mersey taking in the sights and sounds of the Liverpool Bay. Once you arrive at Sefton Park (which covers 235 acres), you'll be able to stop for a relaxing break after riding this 8-mile scenic route.

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    MTB: Delamere Forest

    Delamere Forest is an excellent place to explore on two wheels. The well-maintained routes make for great riding, and there are plenty of hidden gems waiting just around each turn that will give you even more fun than expected! Situated around a 50-minute drive from Liverpool city centre, the forest offers opportunities to get the mountain bike out and have a blast!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the best cycling paths Liverpool has to offer the many riders that come here. To find out more about things to do in this area, click on the links below:


    Liverpool Blogs


    Free Things to do in Liverpool


    Forest Walks near Liverpool


    Local Delicacies and Souvenirs from Liverpool

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including cycling involve a degree of risk. The routes are recommended due to the well known features of each route but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each route so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your cycle!

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