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Croxteth Hall Country Park

3 miles (4.5 km)

This 500 acre country park in Liverpool has a number of fine cycling and walking paths. The park includes a 16th century hall, wildflower meadow, walled garden and nature reserve.
The Liverpool Loop Line and the Trans Pennine Trail pass the western side of the park.
You can pick up these trails to extend your exercise in the surrounding area. Just a few miles to the south east there's Stadt Moers Park in Knowsley. The park includes some more fine walking trails and a cycleway.

Postcode

L11 1EH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Pubs/Cafes

There's two good on site cafes where you can pick up a good range of local produce, hot drinks and sweet treats.

Dog Walking

The expansive parkland and woodland are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south you can continue your walking at Childwall Woods, Calderstones Park and the popular Sefton Park.
A few miles to the north you can pick up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and enjoy a walk around Maghull to the Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.

Photos

The Queen Anne Wing, Croxteth Hall - geograph.org.uk - 930304

The Queen Anne Wing, Croxteth Hall. The hall was built in 1575 and the last building was completed in 1902. Generations of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton, lived here until the death of the last Earl in 1972 when it passed on to Liverpool City Council. The Queen Anne Wing was completed in 1714.

Croxteth Hall - geograph.org.uk - 109768

A photograph of the magnificent south wing. Croxteth Hall and Country Park is at the heart of what was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton from the sixteenth century until the death of the last Earl in 1972. The Molyneux family are one of the oldest in England, associated with Liverpool since 1296 and governors of Liverpool Castle for centuries. Gifted to Merseyside in 1974 by the late Lady Sefton, it is now managed by The City of Liverpool and although much of its farmland and woods have been sold for housing, it is one of the major heritage centres of the North West with a museum, education centre, walled garden, home farm with rare breeds, a lake and countryside walks. Croxteth Hall is mainly 18th century but it embodies other periods, the oldest being Elizabethan.

Rare breed cows in Croxteth Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 37431

Rare breed cows.The park was presented to the City of Liverpool in 1974 by the late Lady Sefton, opened to the public in 1976, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Its grounds, especially the working farm, are popular with families and the farm buildings form the main part of the visitor attraction and they are home to a world renowned collection of rare breed cows, horses, pigs and sheep.

Horses in Paddock at Croxteth Park - geograph.org.uk - 930337

Horses in Paddock. There is an established riding school at Croxteth Park Riding Centre, these horses are in a paddock at the rear of the hall.

River Alt at Croxteth Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 284780

River Alt taken from the stone bridge at the rear of the hall

Home Farm, Croxteth Hall - geograph.org.uk - 284919

Farm buildings dated 1687 and still a working farm. The living accommodation for the farm workers is placed above the usual farm stores. The Hall was the home of the Earls of Sefton from about 1575 until the death of the last earl in 1972 and Home Farm was the Earl's favourite, an opportunity to keep and show fine and unusual farm animals. This tradition continues today, with the Farm holding a collection of some of Britain's rarest breeds of livestock, including cattle sheep and pigs which is open to the public daily, a particular favourite with children.

Croxteth Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 37413

Looking up the main drive towards the West Derby Gate with the tower of St Mary's in the distance. The marquee on the left is part of the weeklong Merseyfest event held in the grounds during the summer holidays.

The Elizabethan House, Croxteth Hall - geograph.org.uk - 930311

The Elizabethan House. The original Elizabethan house is at the rear of Croxteth Hall in West Derby. This is all that remains of the original Elizabethan house of about 1575 which has become somewhat overwhelmed by subsequent developments.

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