Full estate walk
Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XDRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Explore the full Speke Hall estate and take in the fine views of the Wirral, North Wales and even Liverpool’s city centre skyline. The trees are home to a fantastic variety of wildlife who call Speke Hall home.
- Bus stop
Start: Home Farm Courtyard, outside Reception, grid ref: SJ421824
Start your walk in the courtyard with the buildings behind you, facing out across the maze and the River Mersey. Take the path to the right around the bottom edge of the restaurant.
Follow the estate walk signs that mark the route to the Bund. This runs between the maze and play area and then turns right.
You are now walking along the Bund. This huge earth embankment was built in 1967 to lessen the noise and sight of nearby aircraft, when Liverpool airport moved to the east side of Speke Hall. Enjoy the stunning views out across the River Mersey to Wirral and the Welsh hills.
This section of the river is an estuary and can look very different depending on whether the tide is in or out. It is 3 miles wide at its widest point near Ellesmere Port, narrowing to 0.7 miles (1.1km) wide by the Albert Dock.
Look down to your right and you'll see the Clough. This area of ancient woodland is the oldest part of the estate, dating back to at least 1086, if not earlier. The area was clear felled during the English Civil War to provide wood for the defence of Liverpool.
When you have come to the bottom of the Bund path, turn left and then left again into the field. This section runs around the edge of the field marking the south-western boundary of the estate.
The meadows you walk through in points 5-7 are ideal for spotting some unusual flora and fauna. In July and August, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful wild pyramidal orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis, in the field at direction point 5. Other seasonal highlights include wild grasses throughout the summer and migratory birds such as finches, warblers and wildfowl during the spring and autumn.
Continue straight on up the edge of the large field to the top of the estate. Halfway along, near the hedgerow which bisects the field, turn around and look behind you. This gives you wonderful views across the Mersey to the Wirral and North Wales, with the Liverpool Yacht Club in the foreground.
At the top of the field turn right. This field that you have been walking around has always been meadowland. In the 1800s it contained a herd of prize-winning short horned cattle but now it's given over to wild flowers.
Follow the pathway to the metal gates that lead onto the main drive. Before you cross over the drive and enter Stockton's Wood via the marked foothpath, look straight down to your right and notice the avenue of lime trees. We believe these are around 150 years old, although the route of the drive predates them by many hundreds of years. In spring, this is a riot of daffodils, with three different varieties planted in distinct bands to prolong the display.
The semi-ancient Stockton's Wood largely consists of birch, oak and sweet chestnut trees.
This semi-ancient woodland which you explore towards the end of your walk is managed for its rare invertebrates, birdlife and wildflowers. It mostly consists of birch, oak and sweet chestnut trees. In late spring, look out for bluebells - they're only around for a short time, but are a sight that can't be missed.
The woodland was heavily planted with rhododendron during the Victorian period to act as cover for shooting game. You can still see the remains of a shooting break along this path - the line of Scots pine trees was planted to form a natural barrier for the birds to fly high over. During the Second World War, areas of the woodland were cleared to hide planes that had been shipped over from America.
At the path's end, turn left and cross a small bridge over a ditch. Take the next right and follow the route back to the car park. On this path you'll see another small shooting break on your left.
You are now back in the car park. Please cross carefully and follow the path back to Home Farm.
End: Home Farm Courtyard - grid ref SJ421826
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 1.8 miles (2.8 km)
- Time: 1 hour approximately
- OS Map: Explorer 275
Varied terrain over some gravel paths, some grassed paths around fields and uneven paths through woodland. The majority of the Bund walk is level but there are steep slopes up and down it. Dogs on leads welcome.
- How to get here:
By foot: One mile off the A561. Follow the brown signs towards Speke Hall and go down the main drive towards Visitor Reception
By bike: Sustrans route NCN62, 1¾ miles
By bus: Local bus routes 80, 86 and 82 run towards Liverpool Airport. From the city centre, the most direct bus is the 500 which picks up outside Liverpool Lime Street train station every 20 minutes. All of these services can drop you off approx 1 mile from our main entrance
By train: Local Merseyrail services run every 15 minutes to Liverpool South Parkway and Hunts Cross train stations, both of which are approx 2 miles from Speke Hall. National services run to Liverpool Lime Street station in the city centre which is approx 8 miles away
By car: Speke Hall is adjacent to Liverpool Airport and 1 mile off A561. We are close to the motorways: follow airport signs from M62 exit 6 or M56 exit 12. Brown National Trust signs clearly mark the route south from the city centre
- Large, free car park at Speke Hall
- Cycle racks available. Ask at reception to loan bike locks.
- Mobility scooters and wheelchairs available for loan on request.
- Home Farm Visitor centre comprises shop, restaurant, toilets, maze, children's play area. Main Hall is approx 200 yards from this with toilet facilities and a tea-room near it.
- All facilities available Wed-Sun 11am-5pm in the main season, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm in the winter months and closed from mid December-mid February. Please check opening times here.
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