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The Garston Coastal Reserve Trail


Enjoy views of the Wirral peninsula and North Wales, view birdlife in this internationally important estuary and experience a unique view of planes taking off from Liverpool Airport.

Boats near the River Mersey, seen from the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve
Get close to the River Mersey on our coastal walk National Trust Images/John Millar


Route map for Speke Garston Coastal Reserve trail
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Speke Hall, behind the children's play area SJ416823


Walk through the Home Farm courtyard and go straight ahead, past the children's play area. You will see two paths ahead of you - go through the hedge for the Coastal Reserve walk as the other path will take you up the Bund. You can always return and explore this route later.


Follow the path around the curve until you reach a metal gate. Give it a good push!

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Continue on the boardwalk until you reach the concrete taxiway. This is a great point to stop and take a minute to watch the planes taking off and landing.

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Follow the red line along the taxiway until you reach a stone path. If you're wondering what the holes down the centre of the taxiway are, it's where the lights went to guide the planes! Walk down this path and don't forget to look left towards the river.

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Head along the top of the cliff for 400yd (365m) towards the yacht club (the building that looks like a sail). The path forks into two at this point.


If you wish to take the short version of this walk, take the left hand fork which will lead you around the yacht club in a circle and then retrace your route back down the taxiway. To finish the walk, head back down the runway, through the gate and back round the path towards Home Farm. Why not take some time to admire the views and the local flora and fauna?

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If you want to make this walk a little longer, follow the arrow on the red marker post just after the yacht club. This will lead you down a single track stone path and through a gap in the fence. Continue along the path and turn right at the T-junction. This will take you onto a footpath up and around the Bund, ending up back at Home Farm.


Speke Hall, behind the children's play area SJ416823

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The Garston Coastal Reserve Trail


This route is along flat, level footpaths and boardwalks with a concrete section across the old airport taxiway. Surfaces on these paths vary and some may be difficult for wheelchair users.
Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads to minimise disturbance to the wildlife.
There are no benches along the route.
The Garston Coastal Reserve Trail

Contact us

Call 0151 427 7231 or email us.

The Garston Coastal Reserve Trail

How to get here

Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD
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 road

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

By foot
One mile off the A561. Follow the brown signs towards Speke Hall and go down the main drive towards Visitor Reception
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 bicycle

Sustrans route NCN62, 1¾ miles

The Garston Coastal Reserve Trail

Facilities and access

  • Large, free car park at Speke Hall
  • Cycle racks available. Ask at reception to borrow 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.