By Kitty Cooper
In the midst of England’s third National lockdown it is easy to become uninspired, but Liverpool is brimming with charming parks and hidden walks to explore. From a walk in the park, a stroll along the prom, or a jog through the ‘Ralla’, here’s our top daily exercise spots.
1. Everton Brow
Though on the smaller side, Everton Brow is not to be disregarded as a choice of location for an early morning or evening walk. The surrounding area is rich in culture and from the Stadium, to the Water Tower, or even the city centre itself, Everton has a lot to offer. Catching the sunrise or sunset across the city of Liverpool will make any exercise more bearable.
2. Crosby Beach
Nothing quite beats the feeling of being by the sea and that’s no different, whatever the weather, at Crosby Beach. Walk, or jog, along the 3km of sand or promenade and you’ll be greeted by the famous cast iron sculptures moulded from the artist himself, Anthony Gormley.
3. The ‘Ralla’
Liverpool’s loop line, affectionately called the ‘Ralla’, is an old, disused rail line which stems through Liverpool. The path starts in Halewood and continues for 10 miles towards Aintree, with plenty of nature and architecture to keep you entertained on the walk. The relatively flat pathway makes it the perfect place to walk, jog or cycle and though popular, is never overcrowded.
4. Princes Park
Princes Park in Toxteth, though only a stone’s throw away from the better-known Sefton Park, has all the quirks you’d want to enjoy whilst exercising. The park boasts the remains of the former Grade II listed boathouse alongside the fishing lake. For those looking for a longer walk, this is the perfect addition to a walk around Sefton Park.
5. Liverpool-Leeds Canal
In any weather, the Liverpool to Leeds canal is visually stunning. The flat surface is perfect for joggers or walkers and though the length of the canal would eventually lead you cross country, there’s plenty to explore more locally. To create a loop, turn back on yourself at one of the bridge points and keep an eye out for the beautifully decorated canal boats.
6. Otterspool Promenade
A much loved feature of Liverpool is quite rightly the River Mersey, home to the Albert Dock and Mersey ferry. The stretch of promenade spans almost 5 miles with breath-taking views of the water. This well-known spot is great for cyclists, joggers and dog-walkers alike.