Active Lifestyles on Merseyside Rule OK!
Want to feel a warm glow after all the festivities? Be fit and healthy at a minimal cost? Then, check out what’s on offer in our beautiful parks.
With a new year and winter upon us, why not make a resolution to get outdoors and be active in 2014. I just couldn’t imagine life without the parks here in Liverpool. I’ve been drawn to them ever since childhood and still follow routes on my mountain bike taken from the first time I ventured alone on those cycle trips in and around Toxteth. Routes today, take me around parks such as Princes, Sefton, Childwall, Black Woods, Woolton, Clarkes, Allerton and Calderstones.
There is so much choice and so much diversity. Take the last few days for example. Instead of racing off to the Sports Centre, I decided to plan a few trips locally.
In one morning, I’d driven to Sefton Park; parked easily, walked around the gardens and lake, visited Lark Lane for an update on the new eateries; then crossed over the road to Otterspool and taken a long walk to Fullwood with the option of the 6.5km walk to the Pier Head.
In a matter of a few hours I’d taken in the woodland landscape, the calming effect of a lake and its abundant, interesting wildfowl; a bustling, historic street market, and the sea breezes of the River Mersey.
Time spent enjoying the pleasures of a park or woodland, I’m convinced helps us slow down and think more clearly. Before taking exams or tackling something difficult in the past, a trip to the park always gave me a fresher outlook. Being in lush, green nature elicits a feeling of resource abundance, to be scientific. This allows us to think more long-term and for higher rewards. I believe this so much that I planted my garden with every type of green/blue/yellowy evergreen conifer possible, so I always had a green garden to come home to. It was soothing on the eye and mind.
Merseysides Active Walks and Cycling programmes can give you a soothing, relaxed mind and are a must for anybody out there wishing to improve their fitness this year with the added bonus of friendship.
I strongly recommend the Sefton Coast Active Programme 0151 934 2824, the National Wildflower Centre Knowsley, and all of the Liverpool Parks which provide cycling, Nordic Walking and a daily walking diary. 0151 233 3000
Make this year unforgettable, get fit and meet some new friends in a wonderful environment that’s right on your doorstep.