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A guide to the region's greatest outdoor spaces

We have compiled a list of the greatest outdoor spots across the network. With regular and thorough cleaning and Day Saver tickets available to buy online, why not explore the great outdoors! Please remember that it may not always be possible to socially distance on the Merseyrail network and face coverings must be worn at all times.

Somewhere to adventure – Formby Pine Woods

Explore Formby Points glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes, surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods.

Red squirrels, natterjack toads, prehistoric footprints and a mosaic of landscapes are just waiting to be discovered – part of Formby’s amazing and ever-changing coast.

Enjoy breathtaking sea views whilst having a break with a picnic or find out about Formby’s fascinating coastal history with links to asparagus growing and the early days of aviation.

Whether you want to walk, run or ride, adventure is a definite!

Nearest Station: Freshfield Station + 15-minute walk

Somewhere to relax – North Wirral Costal Park

The North Wirral Coastal Park is four miles of public open space, common land, coastal viewpoints and sand-dunes, so offers plenty of opportunity to avoid the crowds and enjoy a peaceful walk or run. The park stretches from Derby Pool New Brighton to Dove Point Meols and spans four wards – Hoylake and Meols, Moreton West and Saughall Massie, Leasowe and Moreton East and New Brighton. 

There are also some impressive sights to observe including The Historic Leasowe Lighthouse.

Unwind and enjoy a refreshing coastal walk with views of the sea and access to bathing beaches and foreshore with several picnic areas.

Nearest Station: Moreton Station + 10-minute walk

Something to see – Crosby Beach

The spectacular sculptures by Antony Gormley stretch along Crosby beach and are a must see! Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

The Another Place figures - each one weighing 650 kilos - are made from casts of the artist's own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation. 

Having previously been seen in Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium, 'Another Place' is now a permanent feature in the UK, at Crosby Beach.

Nearest Station: Blundellsands & Crosby + 5-minute walk

Something for couples – Southport Beach, Parks & Gardens

Southport is the perfect location if you are looking to enjoy some outdoor space with a loved one. There’s Southport Beach with miles of golden sand and the iconic Southport Pier, the UK’s oldest surviving iron pier with stunning views and a cycle friendly promenade.

The award-winning parks and gardens include:

  • Kings Gardens on the Marine Lake, with vintage cast iron shelters, landscaped gardens and Venetian bridge.
  • Lord Street Gardens, romantically designed with fountains, water features and plenty of seating to chat.
  • Victoria Park, home to the Southport Flower Show, with stretches of lawn and pathways it’s perfect for a picnic and ball games.

Nearest Station: Southport Station + 10-minute walk.

Somewhere for kids – Chester Zoo

With over 11,000 wild and wonderful animals including some of the most exotic and endangered species in the world Chester Zoo is a great day out for all the family.

Make memories, enjoy the surroundings, and keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained for hours marvelling at the roar of the lions, the elegance of free-flying butterflies and the cheeky monkeys.

Nearest station: From Chester station you can get a connecting bus that will take you to Chester Zoo.

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Day Saver  - Unlimited off-peak travel from £5.50

Day Saver - Unlimited off-peak travel from £5.50

A Merseyrail Day Saver is valid for unlimited travel after 9.30am weekdays and all day weekends and bank holidays!

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A Family of 5 travel for just £13!*

A Family of 5 travel for just £13!*

*A Merseyrail Family Ticket covers up to a family of 5 for unlimited travel after 9.30am weekdays and all day on weekends and bank holidays. The ticket covers children aged 5 - 15 travelling with 1 or 2 adults.

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