Greenspace is what gives South Liverpool its easy-going character, with the area boasting a huge number of parks and open spaces, from majestic formal parks and promenades to hidden wildflower meadows, woodland and trails.
A quiet and often overlooked park on the edge of Allerton and Woolton – the tranquil Allerton Towers Park is named after a long-demolished Italianate mansion house.
The space became a public park in 1927 and has a mysterious quality that inspired local supernatural writer Tom Slemen to write ‘The Grey Lady of Allerton Tower’.
Opened in 1905 and named after the six Neolithic standing stones contained within, Calderstones Park is a South Liverpool gem.
The perfect family park, Calderstones’ 126 acres contain tennis courts, miles of paths and trails, lakes, formal gardens, picnic areas, children’s play areas and a great café at the Mansion House.
Just across Woolton Road from Allerton Towers lies Clarke’s Gardens, site of another grand South Liverpool mansion, Allerton Hall.
The site was bequeathed to Liverpool City Council by the Clarke family in 1927 and is now a fine public park, with Allerton Hall – aka ‘The Pub in the Park’ its focal point.
Opened in 2012 on the site of the former International Garden Festival, Liverpool Festival Gardens occupies a fine position overlooking the River Mersey.
Its focal point is the fully restored Japanese gardens, complete with an impressive pagoda and water features.
The small but perfectly-formed Greenbank Park nestles just off bustling Smithdown Road with its bars and restaurants and close to Liverpool University’s halls of residence.
The elegant park is focussed around a boating lake and features a beautiful walled garden, tennis courts and football pitches.
Halewood Park Triangle sits at the southern end of the Liverpool Loopline and offers a great urban escape for the people of Halewood, Gateacre and Hunts Cross.
The park features wildflower, wetland and woodland habitats, an outdoor workout trail and a visitor centre.
A small but significant woodland on the eastern edge of Speke, Mill Wood and Alderwood is one of only two designated ancient woodlands in the city.
The woods boast oak, ash, alder, elm, birch, sycamore, willow and hawthorn as well as a bluebell wood and a fishing pool.
Since 2001 the area has been managed by local volunteer group The Friends of Mill Wood and Alder Wood.
Stretching from Garston towards the city centre, Otterspool Promenade is a fantastic open space that looks out on Liverpool’s greatest natural asset, the River Mersey.
The ‘prom’ boasts Otterspool Adventure Centre high ropes play area and Otters Café.
Majestic 235-acre Sefton Park was opened in 1872 by Prince Arthur, "for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople".
And that phrase rings as true today as the day it was opened – this Green Flag awarded South Liverpool jewel boasts beautiful lakes and water features, landscaped grounds, woodland and crowning it all, the majestic Victorian Palm House, now a popular venue for events and weddings.
Built on the site of the old Liverpool Airport runway, Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve is sandwiched between Garston Under the Bridge, Speke Hall, The Estuary Commerce Park and the River Mersey.
It’s a fascinating place dominated by views over the wide Mersey estuary, with miles of paths to explore, wildflowers taking over from airport runways and the striking form of the Liverpool Sailing Club punctuating the landscape.
The grounds of Sudley House (part of Liverpool Museums and Galleries portfolio) and the adjacent Holt field makes a fine expanse of open space in the heart of Mossley Hill.
Its hilltop location gives great views across to Woolton or over the Mersey, with the House itself a great focal point, with a fine collection of paintings, regular exhibitions and a café.
Part of the long-distance Trans Pennine Trail, Liverpool Loopline is a traffic-free trail and 'linear park' that encircles the city from Aintree in the north to Halewood in the south.
On its way it cuts through Childwall, Gateacre and Halewood before ending at Higher Road.
The Loopline is popular with walkers and cyclists and is part of Sustrans' National Cycle Network.
This often overlooked 39-acre woodland is a designated Local Nature Reserve. It boasts mature woodland, with bluebells, marsh orchids and buttercups on the grasslands, which overlook the Lancashire and Cheshire plain.
A great spot for nature watchers.
Known to locals as ‘The Mystery’ due to the long-running story of the park’s anonymous benefactor, Wavertree Playground has been a popular open space for generations.
Once the grounds of a mansion known as The Grange, the park now hosts Liverpool Athletics Club stadium and the Lifestyles Aquatic Centre, making the South Liverpool park a real sport, health and fitness hotspot.
With fine views over the Mersey and on a clear day to Moel Famau in North Wales, Woolton Woods and Camp Hill is part of the former Woolton Hall estate. The site however boasts more ancient history – Camp Hill being the site of an 150BC Iron Age fort.
Today Woolton Woods and Camp Hill is a popular place for a walk from nearby Allerton or Woolton Village.