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. 

Going North on 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. 

Walton Hall Park
Everton Cemetery
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.

Signal Works Road
Aintree
Leeds Liverpool Canal – an old friend
Lesser Celandine

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. 

All Saints, Childwall
A mossy delight
Calderstones
Allerton Cemetery

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.

Who knew?
Halewood Doorstep Green
Garston
The slipway at Liverpool Sailing Club

Early March and the Willow catkins are here, everywhere. And the Blackthorn too. Spring arriving, reassuring in this year of uncertainty.

Willow catkins
Blackthorn

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. 

Deepest Speke
The old runway
The Mersey
Colt’s-foot

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). 

Churchyard at St Nicholas, Halewood

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. 

The path around Hale Head

And finally, back on the Loop Line at Halewood, and what I’ve now come to think of as ‘the road home’. 

The road home, at Halewood

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.

More bikes, kayaks and other adventures at Letters From Sarah

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8 Comments

  1. Sarah, you really are an inspiring soul. Kayaking, cycling, educating yourself about nature, the allotment – it’s truly impressive as I know it takes imagination and energy to do these things. You and Ronnie are role models (I know you’ll laugh, but you are). Shame on me for reading, not doing!

    1. Thank you Sally for the lovely compliment, I am very touched. :)
      I also think that lockdown has forced me to look at what I have and am very lucky that Liverpool is such a wonderful place to explore.

  2. It makes me wonder why we never explored more of the area when I lived there. Was it because public transport was limited? I do not know, bur we just seemed to go to West Kirby and Bidston every Sunday. Thanks for showing lots more places.

    1. Thanks Janet. The Wirral has plenty of its own attractions and I’m sure I’ll be exploring there when I can go further and extend my bike rides with a train journey too!

  3. What a lovely way to explore Liverpool. I should like to try exploring by bicycle. You give me the inspiration to do so!

    1. Hi Schelly – As a returning cyclist after 20 years not cycling I was worried about traffic. If I find a road is too busy I am happy to get off and walk, but I am finding good routes that avoid main roads, or routes with cycle lanes, so I plan my journeys around these, and that’s part of the adventure!

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