Cycling in Merseyside

Sefton Park Women's Ride, Merseyside

Cycling in Merseyside

Looking for information about cycling in Merseyside? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in Merseyside gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county.

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.

Cycling groups and clubs in Merseyside

Cycling UK Merseyside (Merseyside)

Sociable and non-competitive cycling in countryside of various lengths

A Team Merseyside Touring Group (Merseyside)

Cycling group run by volunteers who are Sustrans ride-leader trained

Tyred Rides – Parenting 2000 (Merseyside)

Fun and learning for 11-19s by turning junk bikes into gems at weekly workshops

Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association (Merseyside)

Southport CC (Southport)

Road club offering weekend and weekday runs with junior and women’s sections

MeCycle (Ainsdale)

Beginners and standard rides on the Sefton coastal route and Transpennine Trail every Friday

Liverpool Century Road Club (Liverpool)

Offers club, beginners and standard rides, coaching and racing

Litherland Sports Park (Merseyside)

Weekly two-hour rides to all on traffic-free routes and quiet roads; bikes available

Merseyside Wheelers (Merseyside)

L30 Centre (Merseyside)

Savio Salesian College Bike Maintenance programme (Bootle)

Southport Cycling Belles (Southport)

Meet once a fortnight in Sefton

Maghull & Lydiate U3A (Sefton)

U3A group enjoying local rides of up to 30 miles

Tour de Friends (Merseyside)

Weekly two-hour, leisurely-paced social rides open to all

The Inclusion Network (Merseyside)

Hillside High School (Merseyside)

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre (Merseyside)

McMillan Health Rides (Merseyside)

Woollybacks Mountain Bike Club (Merseyside)

Club and weekend rides for over-18s covering the north-west of England

Bike Bible (Merseyside)

Merseyside Cycling Campaign (Merseyside)

Cycle Speke (Merseyside)

Making Tracks (Merseyside)

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (Liverpool)

DOBS & FOBS (Wirral)

Sundays rides and occasionally during the week; not racing

Wirral Wheelers (Wirral)

Regular rides on lanes of Wirral, Cheshire, and the hillier parts of North Wales

En Vélo Cycle Club (Wirral)

Tuesday Evening Cyclists (Wirral)

Wirral Cycling Group (Wirral)

Encourages people to use their bicycles to explore