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Merseyside – in other words, Liverpool and around – has some really good areas to get around by bike, whether touring or just getting from A to B, thanks to several fine family-friendly railtrails and traffic-free paths. (And for the many parts that aren’t, there’s Merseyside Cycle Campaign.)
From the lively modern cityscape of Albert Dock, with its museums, galleries and bars, you can cycle along the promenade 5 miles to Otterspool, and then to Sefton Park. It’s part of NCN56, which continues across the Mersey: the ride across on the famous ferry is a bike highlight. (At night you’re allowed to cycle through the Queensway Tunnel, though it’s not everyone’s idea of a pleasant ride.) Over in Birkenhead, the promenade path continues as NCN56 and then NCN89, with splendid views of Liverpool’s riverfront.
At Merseyside’s northern spur is Southport, whose pier marks the start of the Transpennine Trail all the way to the east coast. From there, NCN62 runs car-free past desert-like sand dunes and right through Liverpool on a railtrail down to Speke (handy for Liverpool airport).
An interesting alternative though is to visit Crosby beach, stirringly dotted with statues staring out to the wind turbines (Antony Gormley’s installation Another Place). NCN810 is another traffic-free trail from the beachfront to Liverpool, and part of it passes through Everton Park, a good family destination with some inner-city wildlife. You can take your bike on Merseyrail trains free.
The 120-mile-long Leeds-Liverpool canal starts right from the centre. It’s an interesting ride on a mountain bike through some fascinating industrial heritage, but don’t underestimate it just ‘because it’s flat’: the bumpy surface is tiring, there’s broken glass here and there, and a couple of scruffy town stretches can be intimidating.
For more information on local Cycling Groups and Clubs and general cycling tips visit Cycling UK