Top Outdoor Spaces

There is nothing better than getting out in the fresh air when the sun finally makes an appearance. 

We're lucky to have plenty of beautiful local routes to choose from in Merseyside, from woodland wanders, to a stroll by the River Mersey or a walk along the beach. Below are some of our favourites spots to get some fresh air, all within a short walk from a Merseyrail station. 

Head to your nearest route this weekend, or if you fancy a change of scenery hop on the train for a new adventure. You can plan your journey here.

Sefton Park

Sefton Park

If you have not yet seen Sefton Park on an early morning, you need to! A magical scene unfolds by the lake that you can circuit around before exploring the woodier areas around the well-kept 200 acre park.

Why not complete your walk at Lark Lane where you can pick up a coffee at some of the many independent restaurants and cafes on offer.

Nearest station: St Michaels (20-minute walk) 

Chester City Walls

A different option to a countryside walk but with just as impressive views. Chester's city walls are the oldest and longest in Britain and the complete route is a great way to experience Chester for the first time or discover new areas. Free to walk and surrounded by Chester's amazing choice of restaurants and bars, you'll be spoilt for choice for a post walk lunch. 

Nearest station: Chester (12-minute walk)

New Brighton Seafront

There is everything you need in New Brighton. Not only is it a stunning coastline, mini adventurers will love New Brighton beach with the famous Black Pearl shipwreck. If it does get a bit chilly there are lots of indoor destinations on the doorstep at Marine Point, including The Light cinema where you can catch the latest blockbuster in luxurious comfort.

Nearest station: New Brighton (13-minute walk)

Ainsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few minutes' walk from Ainsdale station, here there are several colour coded paths winding through the pine woods and sandy dunes. Picnic benches are dotted along the main paths for the perfect outdoors pit stop. Popular with young families and keen cyclists, the paths are suitable for all. 

Nearest station: Ainsdale (18-minute walk)

Otterspool Promenade

The Otterspool Promenade provides beautiful views across the River Mersey, especially on a bright spring day. Popular with walkers, cyclists and also kite flyers! At the end of the prom and just an 8-minute walk from Aigburth train station you'll find the Otterspool Adventure Centre with wooden play equipment and delicious homemade cakes in the cafe.

Nearest station: Aigburth (10-minute walk)

National Trust Formby

Discover some of Europe’s best sand dune habitats, where many rare species thrive. Rich in history, you can catch glimpses of the past from spotting pre-historic footprints and shipwrecks to strolling through what was once acres of asparagus fields. 

Photo Credit: NT Images John Millar

Nearest station: Freshfield Station (15-minute walk)

Get there with Merseyrail

Find your cheapest ticket and plan your journey via our website here.