A very welcome compendium from Sarah here of her collection of recent bike rides. Seeing Liverpool in new ways and from several entirely new perspectives. As she says “These bike days are very enjoyable and give me a view of places in Liverpool that are the equal of anywhere else.”
Thanks to my bike, the Loop Line and travel restrictions meaning I can’t go further than my local area, I’ve now done some pretty thorough exploring of the new lands of North Liverpool, new to me as a cyclist that is. I love this route North along the bryophyte rich section of the Loop Line.
Sometimes leaving here to explore Walton Hall Park, or to Long Lane and through Everton Cemetery (a good lunch stop) and continuing up Higher Lane.
Crossing the railway at Fazakerly. Or going up to the canal at Aintree, where the first Lesser Celandine was spotted on the 8th of March. A sign of spring for sure.
Going South I will often meander first through the churchyard in Childwall village, All Saints, it’s a good moss place. Or start with a detour through Calderstones Park on my way South. The blossom is arriving. And the expanses of Allerton Cemetery a welcome quiet route home, or just for a pause and a welcome sit.
I have found passages I never knew existed that will magically bring me onto the Loop Line. And now extended my exploring to Halewood. As well as to Garston and to the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve, where to my delight I can ride on the slipway, imagining I will ride into the Mersey.
Early March and the Willow catkins are here, everywhere. And the Blackthorn too. Spring arriving, reassuring in this year of uncertainty.
My travels have taken me to the deepest heart of Speke, and then out onto the old runway by Speke Hall, an amazing place. Then returning to the shore where I can sit and listen to the sound of the tide, a sound I have missed. The yellow sunny Colt’s-foot flowers are here now, in profusion.
The churchyard in Garston, St Michael’s, provides a good place for a sit and a cup of tea from my flask on the way home. In fact, lots of my rides involve sits and cups of tea (or something else I have brought to sustain me now safely stored in my new pannier).
I have never been to Halewood before, and the church here, St Nicholas, is a delight and even has a bench in the sunshine which detained me for a long while yesterday. Before I navigated my way down Carr Lane and arrived at the lighthouse at Hale.
And finally, back on the Loop Line at Halewood, and what I’ve now come to think of as ‘the road home’.
Exploring by bike has become essential for me in this time – now with pannier and the essential sit mat for making those sits a bit more comfortable! I’m still being overtaken by other cyclists on much sleeker bikes many wearing sporty Lyrca outfits and carrying a lot less (I’m sure they don’t have sit mats), but my days are very enjoyable, and also give me a view of places in Liverpool that are the equal of anywhere else.
And so you know, here’s a handy map.