For this year's Walk in the Woods Month, we're highlighting some the best places to walk that have grown thanks to action taken by The Mersey Forest and our partners and volunteers
There's no better place to start than where it all began in 1994. Northwich Woodlands, once an area scarred by the salt and chemical industries, is now a beautiful landscape including woodlands, parkland, lagoons and waterways. It's a great place to visit by foot, bike or even boat!
Download one of our three suggested walks - from gentle to more challenging.
Jubilee Woods near Maghull was a new addition to The Mersey Forest back in 2002-3, planted to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
Now the woodland is maturing it's an ideal place to explore for Walk in the Woods month. Part of Sefton Meadows, it's a site managed by the Forestry Commission, who are celebrating their own jubilee this year – 100 years! Thanks to their staff and the hard work of local volunteers, it's now a thriving community woodland with accessible pathways. It's crossed by the long distance Trans Pennine Way and is an easy walk from Maghull station.
There are parts of The Mersey Forest rarely visited by humans - the green corridors created by planting trees next to motorways and other major roads.
These narrow strips of green are havens for wildlife and help reduce traffic noise. In Knowsley, a larger woodland, The Sanctuary was planted next to the M57 in the 1990s. It's a place steeped in history, lying between the country estates of Croxteth Hall and Knowsley Hall, and includes a piece of the old coach road and woodland, sliced off by the construction of the motorway.
For our final walk in this year's Walk in the Woods month, we're stepping into the future with a look at one of The Mersey Forest's current initiatives, URBAN GreenUP.
Take a stroll across Liverpool and learn how nature-based solutions are making the city more resilient to flooding and a changing climate.
Did you know there are 50 woods within seven miles of Liverpool City Centre, and many hundreds within the Mersey Forest area? Find a new local wood to visit using the Woodland Trust's brilliant Find a Wood tool.
Our own Things To Do section includes walking and cycling routes through woods and green spaces from easy strolls to challenging rides.
If you want to get out walking with others, check out the West Cheshire Walking Festival - running for all of May and including plenty of woodland walks. It's co-ordinated by Active Cheshire and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The walks featured in the festival bring together different length walks with a social atmosphere and will take you into some of the most stunning scenery in Cheshire.