Hidden paths walk

Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD

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Explore the woods at Speke Hall © Alex Muir

Explore the woods at Speke Hall

This semi-ancient woodland is a fantastic habitat for all kinds of wildlife © National Trust/Alex Muir

This semi-ancient woodland is a fantastic habitat for all kinds of wildlife

The North Range of Speke Hall © Andrew Butler

The North Range of Speke Hall

Stockton's Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round © Andrew Butler

Stockton's Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round

Route overview

Explore the hidden paths around the gardens and through the ancient woodland surrounding Speke Hall.  Keep an eye out for the birds, butterflies and beetles that make their home in these secluded spaces and discover how the landscape has changed over the centuries.

Route details

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Map of the Hidden Paths walk route at Speke Hall, Liverpool
  • Directions
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  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Home Farm Courtyard, grid ref: SJ421826

  1. 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.

    Explore the woods at Speke Hall © Alex Muir
  2. Follow the path around the orchard. This was formerly the site of a large range of farm buildings which were demolished in the 1880s when Adelaide Watt built the current Home Farm building. Go left at the end of the path.

  3. Walk down towards the small timber framed Stable Block and take the path straight ahead into the formal gardens.

  4. This path takes you around the edge of the South Lawn which has recently been restored by us to its Victorian glory. When you reach the monkey puzzle tree, go left across the grass and through the wooden gates into the Dell.

  5. Follow the path to the right through the woodland known as The Clough.

    Show/HideThe Clough

    This walk will take you through The Clough at point 5. This area has been in existence since at least 1314 and is mostly planted with beech and oak trees. There are a number of paths to explore through this peaceful ancient woodland.

    This semi-ancient woodland is a fantastic habitat for all kinds of wildlife © National Trust/Alex Muir
  6. The path takes you up the west side of the grounds, through more woodland. In the spring this area is carpeted in bluebells.

  7. Looping back around, you will now be walking down through the Stream Garden. This whole area was a pond until the mid 1800s and was then altered to create this more formal layout. Mind your head through the sandstone tunnel!

  8. You will come out on the North Lawn with Speke Hall on your right - a beautiful view whatever the season. Follow the diagonal path across the lawn to the metal gates.

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    The Hall was built in stages during the 1500s and was finally completed in 1598. Although the moat is long gone, this stunning view has been greeting visitors ever since and the borders of the formal gardens are a riot of colour in spring and summer.

    The North Range of Speke Hall © Andrew Butler
  9. Go through the gates and to the left. This will bring you to a crossroads with the main drive straight ahead of you. Go straight ahead for a short distance and then take the marked path through the woodland on the right.

  10. You are now in Stockton's Wood. During the Second World War clearings were created here where American planes were stored before being sent to the RAF. Follow the path straight ahead.

    Show/HideStockton's Wood

    You pass through Stockton's Wood towards the end of your walk. This area was mostly heathland until the early 1800s when it was planted out with trees to create shooting coverts. The woodland is carpeted with bluebells in late spring - don't miss it! It's also a great place for spotting wildlife all year round.

    Stockton's Wood is stunning in spring but equally beautiful all year round © Andrew Butler
  11. Where the paths meet, turn right.

  12. This will bring you to the metal gates at the edge of the car park. Watch out for traffic and walk back over to the Home Farm building for a well-earned cup of tea.

  13. If it's spring or summer, why not take in the optional loop through the bee and butterfly wildflower meadow? You can find the start of the path just behind the Engine Shed building.

End: Home Farm Courtyard, grid ref: SJ421826

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.2 miles (1.96 km)
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 275
  • Terrain:

    Mostly flat, level paths with large sections through woodland where pathways may be uneven and muddy at times. Please note that dogs are not permitted on this walk as the route passes through Speke's formal gardens.

  • 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

     

  • Facilities:

    • 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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