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Autumn colours at Speke Hall

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Enjoy glorious shades of yellow and gold, spot migrant birds on the sandy Mersey coastline and discover the history of this special place on this autumnal walk,

A beautiful autumn walk through woodland and meadows

There's yellow in virtually everything in autumn around Speke Hall. The trees will have yellow leaves in our ancient woodland of beech and oak. There will be grasses that go a yellow-brown when they die. There's the yellow of the sand along the estuary and even the skies get a yellow hue at dusk.

A couple walking in autumn woodland

Map

Map route for autumn colours at Speke Hall walk

Start:

Home Farm Courtyard, outside Reception, grid ref: SJ421824

1

Start your walk in the courtyard with the buildings behind you, facing out across the maze and the River Mersey.

2

Follow the estate walk signs that mark the route to the Bund and Coastal Reserve. This runs between the maze and play area. You'll need to follow the path onto the Coastal Reserve.

3

Follow the path around, go through the metal gate and onto the old airport taxiway.

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4

Stop for a while and admire the autumnal scenery. The taxiway is a great place to get your first glimpse of the Mersey estuary and views across to the Wirral peninsula and North Wales.

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5

Look out for the red line on the taxiway - this will lead you to a footpath along the Mersey shore. Keep following it around the back of the Yacht Club building. Before you get to the Yacht Club, stop for a moment and take in the views of the Mersey shore.

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6

You now need to head to your right and walk towards the Speke Hall fenceline. There's a gap in this and if you pop through it, you'll be on a meadow.

7

Follow the stone path around the left hand side of the meadow and then turn right. The path will lead you between two hedges.

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8

Turn left at the end of the path and follow the route to the metal gates that lead onto the main drive. Turn left and walk up past 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.

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9

When you reach the top of the drive, cross over (watching out for traffic) and go into Stockton's Wood.

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10

As you walk down the woodland path you can still see the remains of a shooting break on your right hand side - the line of Scots pine trees was planted to form a natural barrier for the birds to fly high over. This is a reminder of the wood's Victorian past when it was heavily planted with rhododendron to act as cover for shooting game but it was also used in WW2 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.

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You are now back in the car park. Please cross carefully and follow the path back to Home Farm. If you've worked up an appetite on your walk, why not pop into the restaurant and enjoy one of our delicious autumn puddings and a nice cup of tea?

End:

Home Farm Courtyard, outside Reception, grid ref: SJ421824

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Autumn colours at Speke Hall

Terrain

Varied terrain over some gravel paths, some grassed paths around fields and uneven paths through woodland.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Autumn colours at Speke Hall

Contact us

Autumn colours at Speke Hall

How to get here

Address
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 (13km) away.

By road

Speke Hall is adjacent to Liverpool Airport and 1 mile (1.6km) 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 (1.6km) from our main entrance.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 62, 1¾ miles (2.8km).

Autumn colours at Speke Hall

Facilities and access

  • 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 200yd (180m) from this with toilet facilities and a tea-room nearby
  • 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