Beautiful and picturesque cycling routes to explore around Liverpool

There's no shortage of beautiful trails to follow
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Merseyside boasts a wide variety of picturesque cycle routes to explore.

Everything from gorgeous forest paths and hidden gems to rougher routes for mountain bikers and those perfect for a family day out are all available - making Merseyside somewhat of a cyclist heaven.

With the long days of sunlight which summer affords, it's the perfect opportunity to make the most of one of the beautiful and scenic cycling paths located across the region.

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Below, we've compiled a varied list of bike routes to appeal to everyone's preferences.

Formby Beach

Formby Beach is in the top 10 beaches in the UK for cycling, with 17,000 average monthly searches. Less than an hour away from Liverpool, the beach's miles of sandy shores make it a must-visit destination for some summer sun, beach picnics and leisurely strolls.

Where: Formby Beach

Distance: 3.5 miles

North East Cycle Route

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 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.

Where: Seacombe Ferry terminal - New Brighton

Distance: 5 miles

North West Cycle Route

This five-mile route is an easy ride with stunning vistas across the coastline on what is mostly flat surfaces. Starting and finishing at Wirral Country Park in Thurstaston with Wirral Way on the way, the relaxed route follows the track bed of the former Birkenhead Railway route from West Kirby to Hooton.

Where: Thurstaston – West Kirby - Thurstaston

Distance: 5 miles

Squirrel Cycle Route

The route passes by several nature reserves where you can stop and see the local wildlife in their natural habitats. The 7.5-mile route will take around an hour to complete and is mostly off-road.

Where: Southport - Formby

Distance: 7.5miles

Curlew Cycle Route

Enjoy riding past the former homes of John Smith, Captain of the Titanic, and Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line shipping company, eventually leading onto Burbo Bank Road North.

At this point you can either extend the ride by heading into Crosby to enjoy its many bars and restaurants or ride back along the prom, passing Antony Gormley’s Another Place statues which make an impressive sight in their beach setting.

Where: Crosby circular

Distance: 4.5 miles

Otterspool Promenade

Take in the gardens and lakes as you travel alongside the River Mersey. Once you arrive at Sefton Park, you can either unwind and take in the greenery or continue on this eight-mile scenic route.

Where: Otterspool circular

Distance: 7.44 miles

Delamere Forest

The well-maintained routes make for a cosy and secluded journey with some hidden gems located through the trees. Delamere Forest, in Cheshire, is a 40-minute car ride from Liverpool and provides an authentic experience for mountain bikers to enjoy.

Where: Delamere Forest

Distance: 4 miles

Butterfly Route

This gorgeous route boasts butterflies, sand lizards and natterjack toads, as well as a view of the iconic RAF Woodvale.

Beginning from Freshfield Railway Station, the path weaves its way past the million-pound houses on Victoria Road, over the Formby Bypass, and past the old Formby Hall which was built in 1523.

It eventually makes its way to the Nature Reserve before passing the edge of RAF Woodvale which opened in 1941 during World War Two, and past the Lancashire Wildlife Trust site and the Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve before arriving back at Freshfield Station.

Where: Freshfield Circular

Distance: 7 miles

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