Under the Big Wheel
There are lots to see in this flat, gentle ride along the world-famous Liverpool waterfront. The ride begins at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Albert Dock, passing Merseyside landmarks such as the Echo Arena, the Royal Liver Building and the new Museum of Liverpool, and across the water you'll see the expansive Cammel Laird shipyard. We meander south following the River Mersey towards Otterspool along the gorgeous setting of the promenade. From there we cycle through Cressington and the suburban streets around the docks. As we return back to the riverside we cycle through Speke Garden Coastal Reserve to the National Trust property Speke Hall where we schedule a lovely refreshment stop in the idyllic grounds. At Speke Hall you'll be able to park the bike, indulge in refreshments at the Stable Tea Rooms and enjoy the sanctuary of the beautiful scenery. Please note if using this route you will have to pay for entry into Speke Hall.
Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics. For more information please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall/
From there the route returns via the seafront, touring through the magnificent Festival Gardens, admiring all the flora and sights it has to offer. Returning back to Albert Docks to complete a truly superb 19.5 mile cycle along the iconic River Mersey.
Please note we ride on some light gravel sections which you may not find suitable on a very narrow tyred road bike. It is your discretion whether you choose to use a road bike or not.