My Bike & Go Day Trip across the River Mersey
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Our customer, Emma, tells us all about one of her favourite Bike & Go day trips across the River Mersey.
Forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this day out is all about Boats, Trains and Bicycles and is one of my all time favourite cycles routes.
It takes just over two hours (or more if you want to stop off for ice cream!) and is 11 miles long.
I pick up my Bike & Go from Moorfield Station but they are also available at Central Station, in Liverpool too.
Here's my route:
1. Come out of Moorfields Station and turn left, then right onto Dale Street. The majority of this journey is off road but this is a busy road, so take care.
2. Continue onto Water Street and cross over The Strand, past the world famous Three Graces (The Liver Building, Port of Liverpool Building and Cunard Building) onto Liverpool's waterfront, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. You will spot the Pier Head ferry terminal directly in front of you. At the ticket office you will need a single to Seacombe (unless you are planning to cycle back as well!).
4. Once you have docked at Seacombe, take your first right out of the ferry terminal onto the promenade. At this point you are joining the National Cycle Route 56, which takes you all the way to West Kirby.
5. Continue towards New Brighton, passing the amazing Black Pearl - a lifesize pirate ship created by local artists.
6. Once you have reached the Floral Pavillion at New Brighton, follow the route to the right of the car park towards Fort Perch Rock, then through the gap in the gate where you'll pick up the main path again past the Marine Lake.
7. From here it is a straight, flat, coastal path passing through Leasowe Bay, Meols and eventually reaching Hoylake Beach.
8. Keep going past the impressive, new lifeboat station. If you cast your eyes across the road you will see the original lifeboat station, which is one of the oldest in the UK.
9. Once you reach the end of the promenade, head onto Kings Parade and keep going until you reach the roundabout. Go straight over the roundabout towards Hoylake Train Station.
10. Go over the level crossing and take your immediate right (adjacent to the station car park) where you will pick up another cycle trail which runs alongside the railway line. Keep going until the end of the trail.
11. At the end of the cycle path, you will exit onto a small car park by some playing fields. Go straight ahead onto Anglesey Road.
12. Go straight over Bridge Road and keep going past the Morrisons' garage, where you will turn right onto a cycle path which runs adjacent to the leisure centre.
13. Arrive at West Kirby train station, where you can drop off your Bike & Go and explore this quaint, seaside town or hop on the train for the 35 minute journey back into Liverpool.