Liverpool Loop Line

Route Details

  • From - to: Halewood to Aintree
  • Distance: 13 miles from Halewood to the National Wildflower Centre.
  • Type: Disused railway path, no hills and largely traffic free.
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • National Cycle Network: Route 62

Route Description

The Loop Line was abandoned in 1964 by British Rail and became quite derelict until 1986 when plans were drawn up for its conversion to a walking and cycling route.  Construction began in 1988, and the final section to Aintree opened in 2000. The railway path provides a flat, well surfaced green corridor through the urban environment of east Liverpool, and forms part of the award-winning Trans Pennine Trail. Even though you are so close to a city it feels like you're out in the countryside.  The route takes the form of a woodland park which runs through rocky cuttings or high on embankments with wide views across the city.

This route is perfect for young and inexperienced cyclists becuase it is easy, flat and almost entirely traffic free.

There are many bus routes running across and parallel to the path and service frequencies are available from Merseytravel. There are local railway stations near to the route at Hunts Cross, Halewood, Broad Green, Rice Lane and Walton. 

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This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

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The Loop Line is a popular traffic free, wildlife route running from Halewood to Aintree and on to Southport on the Cheshire lines path. This fabulous walking and cycling route follows the old railway line. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

13 miles