Speke Hall Coastal Walk
This circular coastal walk visits the National Trust owned Speke Hall in Liverpool. The area also includes the lovely Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve which stretches from Garston Docks to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the banks of the Mersey Estuary. As such this is a nice walk to do if you are waiting for a delayed plane from the airport! Plane spotters will also enjoy watching the planes taking off and landing from the reserve. It's a nice varied walk with coast, parkland, gardens and bluebell woodland some of the features of the route.
The walk starts from the car park at Speke Hall where you can pick up the trails taking you past the Grade I listed house and into the grounds of the hall. More trails then lead you up to the coast where you can explore the nature reserve using a section of the Mersey Way long distance trail.
As well as the fine views across the Mersey Estuary there is also lots of interesting wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for many wading birds including redshanks, dunlins and curlews as you make your way along the trail.
It's easy to extend the walk if you have time. You could follow the Mersey Way south east, past the airport to Dungeon Banks which is another beauty spot with many wading birds. This would take you to the Hale Lighthouse, a popular walking destination in the area. The trail then continues along the river into Widnes and Warrington.
Speke Hall Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Speke Hall Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Speke Hall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Speke Hall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The hall has a lovely National Trust cafe where you can refresh yourself after the walk. You can enjoy a cream tea here in the outdoor seating area in the attractive courtyard if the weather is fine.
Dogs are welcome at Speke Hall and the estate is a lovely place to walk your dog. It's advised to keep them on a short lead and check at the site to see which area's they are not allowed in. You can find a water bowl outside the main restaurant as well.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Widnes Walk visits the hall from the nearby town. It starts in the lovely Spike Island park and follows the Mersey to Hale Lighthouse before reaching the hall.
Head few miles north and you could visit the popular Stadt Moers Park where there's lakes, meadows, woodland and cycle trails to enjoy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.