Walking routes and ideas

For a great range of walking and cycling routes across the borough view our Walking and Cycling Guide to Sefton's Natural Coast (in the download section below). Also, check out the Independent Walk Pack below.


The Active Walks programme provides local organized walks throughout Sefton, which are volunteer-led and follow a variety of routes including woodland trails, coastal paths, canal towpaths and local parks.

The pace of the walk is set by the group and can cover distances of between 1.5 - 6 miles depending on the location.

There is no need to book and they are completely free of charge. You can contact the team on 0151 934 2824 or email: walking@sefton.gov.uk

Nordic Walking

This is a fitness walk which uses specially designed poles to enhance the natural walking experience, it burns up to 40% more calories and uses 90% of the body’s muscles. The poles are used to get the upper body moving and to help propel the walker, meaning that the walker works harder than usual whilst walking, yet the support provided by the poles make it feel easier.

Nordic Walking Technique Training

Technique training is a Free 4 week course, one hour a week, teaching you the technique of Nordic Walking. Once you have completed the training, you will be given a Nordic Walking UK certificate and card, meaning you can join any Nordic Walking group in the UK. This course must be completed before joining a Nordic Walking group.

Nordic Walk Leader Training

After completing the Nordic Walk Technique Training, Sefton are offering a free one day course in Nordic Walk Leader Training.

If you would like to sign up to any of the Nordic Walking that is on offer with Sefton Council, please contact the Active Walks team on 0151 934 2824 or email walking@sefton.gov.uk or if you would like more information on Nordic Walking please visit the Nordic Walking UK website.

Active Travel is a project that works with Sefton Council and Merseytravel to provide the people of South Sefton a chance to get active and get involved in health and wellbeing activities. They currently provide two walks at two of the Active Travel Hubs;

St Leonards Active Walks

Where: St Leonards Community Centre, Peel Road, Bootle

When: Every Monday, 10.30am - 11.30am

Over 50's L30 Walk

Where: L30 Community Centre, Glover's, Stonyfield, Netherton

When: Every Thursday, 11.30am - 12.30pm

 

Walking for Health is hosted by The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. The training courses are held at a venue in Sefton and first aid training will also be available at a later date. We have over 45 volunteers regularly leading walks across Sefton and we are always looking for more to join our team. All the walks are 1.5-6 miles distance and can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

The routes are always risk assessed and Sefton Council will market and promote the walk. If you are interested and wish to discuss the possibility of becoming a walk leader please contact Sefton Council.

Through the working day people spend less time on their feet and more time with their bum on a seat, Active Workforce are looking to change this by offering a lunchtime walk! Instead of spending most of your day and your dinner time cooped up at your desk, why not come for a half hour stroll to get out and have a gab with some colleagues!

Monday Lunchtime Walk

Where: Burlington House, Waterloo

When: 12.30pm - 1.15pm

 

Tuesday Lunchtime Walk

Where: Switch House, Bootle

When: 1.30pm - 2.00pm

 

Wednesday Lunchtime Walk

Where: Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle

When: 12.30pm - 1.00pm

 

Thursday Lunchtime Walk

Where: V7 Building, Prescot

When: 2.30pm - 1.00pm

 

 

 

 

With all the walks that Sefton has available we are constantly looking for volunteers interested in becoming Walk Leaders. This free one day course with the National Programme Walking for Heath. is available for anyone interested, so please contact the Active Walks Team on 0151 934 2824 or email walking@sefton.gov.uk, if you would like information on the next available course.

Independent Walk Pack

The independent walk pack is a compilation of easy to use and easy to walk routes of various lengths, utilising some of the existing network of pathways in the borough. Some of the walks are also accessible for wheelchair users.

'Hard copy versions of these are available through the Sefton's Health walk Co-ordinator on 0345 140 0845, alternatively please use the links below to access the individual leaflets for the walks.

1 Crossens Pool Walk (pdf 425KB)
2 Marshside Meander (pdf 688KB)
3 Hesketh Wander (pdf 357KB)
4 Kew Wander (pdf 401KB)
5 Dunes Way Walk (pdf 402KB)
6 Palace Stroll (pdf 339KB)
7 Ainsdale Amble (pdf 411KB)
8 Ainsdale To Formby Trail (pdf 503KB)
9 Larkhill Walk (pdf 353KB)
10 Moss Mosey (pdf 400KB)
11 Hightown Hike (pdf 401KB)
12 Coastal Path Walk Hightown To Freshfield (pdf 403KB)
13 Coastal Path Walk Waterloo To Hightown (pdf 306KB)
14 Serpentine Saunter (pdf 351KB)
15 Marine Way (pdf 320KB)
16 Canal Way (pdf 287KB)
17 Thornton Ramble Via Little Crosby (pdf 322KB)
18 Rimrose Valley Ramble (pdf 359KB)
19 Aintree Amble (pdf 371KB)
20 Ince Woods Wander (pdf 394KB)
21 Sefton Stroll (pdf 442KB)
22 Lydiate Loop (pdf 602KB)
23 Maghull Stroll (pdf 419KB)
24 Waddicar Wander (pdf 365KB)
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