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Liverpool Loop Line Cycle Route



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Cycle Route Details
Route NameLiverpool Loop Line
Distance : miles (km)10  (16.09)
Duration(hh:mm)01:30
Difficulty
Posted Byhappy
Calories Burned405.00 kcal
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Cycle Route Location
CountryEngland
Town/CityLiverpool
County/RegionMerseyside
Start LocationPark Lane, Aintree
End LocationHunts Cross Station
Cycle Steps
This is a great route simply due to it's easy going straight no bends nature. It once belonged to British Rail but was abandoned in 1986 and later converted into a cycle path. It passes through several major parts of Liverpool and is a nice easy level cycle.
Starting on Park Lane heading South East, crossing over the railway and the A59, cycle off road for a little to join the top end of Roosevelt Drive.
Cycling down Roosevelt Drive, turn left and then first right on to Greenwich Road. When you see the bridge overhead turn off the pavement onto the lane leading up to the path that crosses back over the A59 and railway line.
When you cross the railway line, turn left and follow the path south staying on the same side of the railway until you can pass underneath it. This is the start of the Liverpool Loop Line.
The Loop Line makes up part of the Trans Pennine Trail route 62. There are plenty of places to come off the line if you fancy a bite to eat along the way.
9 miles after the start of the line you will come to a fork in the path, left taking you to Halewood Station and right taking you to Hunt's Cross Station.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Croxteth Park is close by, come off the path at Mill Lane access point. Plenty of abandoned stations too.

Near By Cycle Shops
Aintree Halfords
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Phoenix C.C.
Your comments?
posted by:samRating : difficult :
This cycle route is brilliant in every conceivable way if it weren't for scallies who go riding their motorbikes with no sympathy for other path users, and smashing glass everywhere. Sorry to sound like a ranting old man there - I'm only 21! I think much more should be done to sweep away glass and get rid of the idiots that ruin the fun of others.

Scally aspect aside, I think this route is amazing. I accessed this path from Prescot Road and headed North. The first time I cycled along it I was simply baffled at how quickly I was off a busy dual carriageway and into the middle of a path with grass on either side of me. The riding is mostly smooth with only a few minor potholes. I highly recommend this route. Don't be put off by what I wrote about scallies. They are really only a minor annoyance and won't ruin your enjoyment. This path is well populated by happy cyclists with smiles on their faces!

posted by:justinexyzRating : difficult :
This was my first ride on the loopline. I left from Halewood Country Park and was surprised how green it was. Nice and flat with a few tree roots making it bumpy in places, but not a problem. Got as far Broadway, but was put off going any further due to the amount of glass and a few melted wheelie bins! Will go again

posted by:king of merciaRating : difficult :
Just cycled on this route starting from liverpool city centre. picked up the path near Hunts Cross, headed up to Aintree then turned round and went back to half way mark then headed back into the City Centre. Yes there is glass and twigs and branches and other obstacles just like on any sustrans converted old railway line I've ever cycled. Lets face it, kids all over the country play on these paths and some smash glass; the issue is who maintains the paths and keeps them safe for all users? High time sustrans recruited people to take this responsibility and pride in their resources.

posted by:happyRating : difficult :
I cycled up and down the loop line today (02/08/08). There was glass as the other riders above mentioned, but I only noticed it when it came to the bridges, round about the West Derby area. It was a good cycle, started in Halewood and headed north, we got all the way to Aintree race track when there appeared to be a green fence right across the path, not sure if you can go round it or not. Never the less, an enjoyable 20 miles round trip.

posted by:marktb1961Rating : difficult :
True about the glass but only in parts. It helps if you've got good tyres and keep an eye out so you miss the worst of it. It's a great resource for short and much longer rides as it links up with the trans-Pennine trail.

I also found the section around Aintree a bit confusing (from the Walton direction). I think I recall the green barrier and if so, the route went around it somehow. If it's your first time I suggest taking the OS Explorer map (1:25000) and watching the signs carefully.

posted by:diamondkimRating : difficult :
Cycled this track from Halewood to Aintree today 16/08/09. Very nice except for broken glass. Took about three hours there and back, mostly under trees will do it again, great for families.

posted by:TombassRating : difficult :
This route is great for taking the kids. I tend to cycle this route quite early in the morning.

When cycling this path you wouldn't think you were in a big city. Shrouded by trees for the most part with a nice park for the kids at the Halewood end.


I usually continue on to Southport. Unfortunately, you have to get onto the main road and ride until you pass the old nightclub "The Paradox." From there, most of the route is on similar, but quieter, lines to the first leg.




posted by:singgsRating : difficult :
just rode this june 2011. i did not have to avoid any glass so i assume it's been tidied up. lovely, easy, flat ride for the main. woodland surrounds and cycling is on well-maintained tarmac. plenty of paths off the route for you to enter or exit - i started in gateacre.

i did the ride on a wednesday so i imagine it could be quite busy at weekends but all seemed friendly.

it does go right through outer liverpool so i can understand some of the above comments re 'undesirable' elements but as i said it was great today. it's lovely to be enclosed in trees for the most part

posted by:harleqliverpool14Rating : difficult :
the cycle path is great, there are barriers every so often, bit of an annoyance when you build up a bit of a pace but they do stop the idiots on motorbikes, you do see some glass and there are some spots rougher than others, i tried cycling on the main roads and you are dicing with death, there are people on there walking dogs but i havent had any problems most owners grab their dogs when you pass but often fail to clean up after them.

It is overall a very enjoyable ride, some of the less experienced cyclists ride 2 and 3 abreast making it hard to pass in either direction,(keep to the left) in the summer wear sunglasses or goggles as there are some areas with a lot of flies, very irritating if they hit you in the eye or swallow one, its there to be used and enjoyed, try it

posted by:JimmyRating : difficult :
Great route, only annoyance is the idiot dog owners who should be strung up, seems worse at the weekend. I was chased by an Alsation who was jumping up at my bike which I nearly came off.

posted by:SteveRating : difficult :
I cycle along this route quite a lot. The barriers can be annoying but they have stopped the motorbikes (around Fazak and Walton).

Most of the time dog owners do keep control of their pets but dogs seem to lack peripheral vision and can turn suddenly - keep your brakes covered!

I've not really had any issues; there is sometimes broken glass and the tunnel under Walton Vale can be tricky with the dark and damaged path.
On the green fence that blocks the path (just past Barlows Lane) if you follow it there is a gap that allows you past.

I join it on Barlows Lane and have ridden up to the Land Rover factory and, apart from the odd moving dog, have quite enjoyed my rides.
Give it a go!

posted by:RadRating : difficult :
I totally agree with all previous comments Loop Lane is a great route for everybody. Beginners and families can enjoy the views and well-maintained tarmac but route is also every day training with aim to improve time on certain sections. Barriers every now and then make it a bit annoying but it's acceptable. There is one but I am afraid though. My bike was stolen on Loop Lane two years ago. I was pushed off and threatened with knife. I obviously can not blame the cycle path for it, just bad time bad place, but anyway, it is worth remembering that there are some scallies around, some of them just telling you that you have a great bike others simply being a dickheads as they do.

posted by:GeoffRating : difficult :
Got on at sainsburys and headed north. Easy ride , no asbos but a few dog walkers , suppose they could mug you so like always keep ur wits about you.lol . There is glass in places but not to much . Ended the journey at aintree. Fine sunny sunday ride

posted by:Ray Rating : difficult :
As others have said this track is spoiled by the sh-t factor that lives around the area. I was told by one of the workers that it is the most heavily vandalised stretch in the network.
what the vermin do not realises is that as well as spoiling the track for people like me they also spoil it for themselves and their own children

posted by:DevoRating : difficult :
Rode this route for the first time on Sunday 7th July 2013. I didn't see ANY broken glass or scallies so don't be put off. It is well sheltered being in a cutting or tree lined for most of the way. Smooth tarmac surface, just brilliant. Actual route was Waterloo to Litherland via small Route 810, cut across Orrell Lane to Walton and onto railway track; from Hunt's Cross took path along Speke Boulevard thru Garston shopping area, down main road to Gressingham Lane by BP station. From here you can drop onto Mersey promenade along Otterspool, thru Albert Dock/Liver building, got on to "the old dock road" as far as it went, short stretch on Derby Road, past entrance to Port of Liverpool at Seaforth and back into Waterloo, 31 miles fantastic!


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