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Liverpool, UK

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Liverpool

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Liverpool is one of England’s largest cities and metropolitan areas, situated on the banks of the River Mersey just north of Wales. This port city is famous for its football clubs and as the birthplace of legendary rock group The Beatles. It’s a wonderfully diverse community with fascinating architecture and a wealth of parks,  green spaces, riverfront paths and coastal promenades. Running in Liverpool is rich and varied, backed by an enthusiastic running community .

The best places to run in Liverpool are along the city’s waterfront promenades, most notably the Royal Albert Dock, the Otterspool Promenade, Crosby Beach Coastal Park, and the Wirral Circular Trail. There are also some fantasticparks for running, including Rupert Lane Recreation Ground, Sefton Park, Newsham Park, Calderstones Park, and Rimrose Valley Country Park. For those who want to stick close to downtown and see the sites, our friends at Natterjack Running have outlined an exceptional 7km ‘Runseeing’ Tour. For a long run close to the city’s center, the expansive Trans Pennine Trail is the best bet.

While Liverpool is a pedestrian/runner-friendly city, public transportation makes it easy to get around. The MerseyRail Train system runs between 68 stations in greater Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula. The Mersey Ferries also travel across the river, and taxis and the MerseyTravel bus system can help fill in the gaps.

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Liverpool ‘Runseeing’

Liverpool, UK

Liverpool’s premier running specialists, Natterjack Running, have plotted an exceptional 7 km tour around the city’s top sights. Includes the Royal Albert Docks, Chinatown, Liverpool Cathedral, and St. Georges Quarter.
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Wirral Peninsula

Liverpool, UK

The Wirral Circular Trail is a 35 mile circuit around the Wirral Peninsula, the rectangular spit of land that sits due west of Liverpool. We’ve pointed to some of the best running highlights on the peninsula.
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Crosby Beach Coastal Park

Liverpool, UK

Located just 11 km north of Liverpool Center, Crosby Beach is a fantastic destination run. A wide seaside promenade runs along the coast where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Includes loop around Marine Lake and good add-on options.
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Sefton Park

Liverpool, UK

This 200 acre park has miles of meandering asphalt pathways around the lakes and fields. We’ve mapped a 5k highlights loop. Good add-ons with Princes Park and a detour to the famous Penny Lane!
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Newsham Park

Liverpool, UK

Newsham Park is a 121 acre Victorian-era park in the east of Liverpool, near Fairfield. A loop around the park is 3.5 km, but the surrounding neighborhood is also great for exploring.
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Calderstones Park

Liverpool, UK

Calderstones Park is the homebase of the Mossley Hill Running Club. We’ve mapped a 5 km tour of the park, but feel free to branch out into the surrounding neighborhoods of Childwall and Woolton. Bonus: see Strawberry Field!
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Liverpool ‘Runseeing’

Liverpool, UK

Liverpool’s premier running specialists, Natterjack Running, have plotted an exceptional 7 km tour around the city’s top sights. Includes the Royal Albert Docks, Chinatown, Liverpool Cathedral, and St. Georges Quarter.
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Liverpool experiences a typical British maritime climate, with cool winters and mild summers. It never gets very hot, with average summer high temperatures near 20C (high 60s), and cool nights. Winters are influenced by the maritime location, with average high temperature in the 7C range, with nights dipping to near freezing. Although there can be lots of overcast and wind, the rainfall only averages 836mm (36 inches) annually and is evenly spread throughout the year.

There are a number of hotels close to downtown Liverpool and the waterfront. You can find a list of accommodations at VisitLiverpool.com.

Natterjack Running is the top running store in Liverpool, providing expert advice and a wide selection of gear.

Other local stores include RunCoolLTD, The Runners Hub, and SportsDirect.

There is a huge selection of running clubs in the city of Liverpool. Depending on which neighborhood you visit, you can find group runs with the Dockside Runners, Liverpool Running Club, Liverpool FrontRunners, Pennylane Striders, and Mossley Hill Running Club.

There are numerous running events in Liverpool. Some of the top races include the Liverpool Half Marathon, the Wirral 10 Mile and 10k, and the Mersey Tunnel 10k. Check out BTRLiverpool for more upcoming events.