6 Of The Most Wonderful Woodland Walks Near Liverpool To Discover This Winter

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Looking for a change of scenery? Why not take a trip out and switch off from the world within a woodland blanketed with leaves, with a ton of beautiful routes right on our doorsteps? Whether you want to stay nearer the city or head to the water for some stunning sights, these are the best woodland walks for you to explore near Liverpool this winter.

1. Storeton Woods

Located in Birkenhead, Storeton Woods is on the site of an old Roman quarry and is a peaceful woods brimming with history and wildlife. It’s a tranquil place for woodland walks and makes for a great escape from the Liverpool city centre. These woods in Wirral may even have been home to dinosaurs too as fossilised prints of a raptor-like dinosaur were found in the 1920s, but you can now found them in the Liverpool and British Museums.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 20 minutes

2. Otterspool Park

Running alongside the coastline next to the promenade, Otterspool Park is a combination of both majestic woodland and parkland, which has been loved by locals since forever, thanks to its beautiful blooms and vast wildlife. The 13-hectare woodland and paths has been planted with wild flowers including snowdrops, daffodils and blue bells. There are also oak, ash and beech trees in the woodland. It’s the perfect location for a walk, cycle and other outdoor activities.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 20 minutes

3. Upton Meadow

Situated around eight miles from Liverpool city centre, Upton Meadow Millennium Wood is a 15 hectare woodland area in Birkenhead.  If you’re looking for a quiet woodland walk with plenty of fresh air then Upton Meadow is for you. The site was leased to the Woodland Trust in 1997 and created part of the Trust’s ‘Woods on Your Doorstep’ initiative – since then it has remained loved by the Wirral and Birkenhead.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 20 minutes

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4. Formby Pinewoods

There are plenty of different options when exploring Formby with a mix of coastal and woodland routes. For a less challenging walk why not wind through broadleaf and pine woodlands at Formby before finishing at the sand dunes? Pack a blanket and flask and watch the winter sun go down…or going up if you’re an early riser. It’s dog friendly and can make for a quick walk or a full day outing.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 45 minutes

5. Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest in Cheshire provides 972 hectares of woodland – officially making it the largest woodland area in the country. There are trees (obviously), three official walking trails showcasing the forest’s ample beauty, and there are even places to stay within Delamere Forest, too. Opt for a chilled out picnic with the beautiful surroundings, or go for something more adventurous, like the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 50 minutes

6. Dunham Massey Ancient Tree Trail

Packed full of ancient trees and home to countless wildlife species (including deer!), Dunham Massey’s wood is not only filled with easy-access footpaths for everyone to enjoy, but also has a number of tranquil ponds to sit by and take in the calming surroundings. The dog-friendly woodland walk can take up to two hours – perfect for working up an appetite before chilling on the sofa with a takeaway all night.

Drive time from central Liverpool: 50 minutes

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