With the UK now into their third lockdown and with gyms one of the many things now closed, people are sure to be taking to running and home excercise again like they did in March when the first lockdown hit. More than 858,000 people downloaded the couch to 5k app between March and the end of June showing the increase in outdoor running across the country.

Even though it is now a little colder this time around, we still expect for people to dust off their running shoes again and get out for their daily exercise. Running is great not only for fitness but when in a tough time like we are, it is a great way to improve your mental health.

Due to families and students trapped in their homes across Liverpool alike we looked at five places to go for a run or a pleasant stroll to keep that fitness up and help with people’s mental health.

  1. Sefton park

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This 200-acre park in the centre of Liverpool is the perfect place to go for a run. One of the most popular walking areas in Merseyside the stunning park is home to the famous palm house, a restored glass panel building that brings the park to life. The winding paths, statues and lakes makes this the perfect spot to go running to keep the fitness up but also keeping you entertained and taking in the magnificent nature.

  1. Otterspool Promenade and the Mersey river side

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Running 4 miles along the Otterspool promenade is a beautiful spot to run. With the great views of the River Mersey whilst running along the coastline, there is nowhere better to take in the famous Mersey river. The promenade is the perfect mix of flat path along the side the river as well as a park behind it if wanting to change the run up leading all the way down to the albert docks. Scenic wise there isn’t much better routes with the cold river breeze bringing that freshness that everyone is needing during this lockdown.

  1. Crosby beach

This beach has everything with a vast 2-and-a-half-mile coastline to run alongside and take in the sights of the ‘another place’ sculptures by Antony Gormley. The sculptures were erected there in 1997 and consists of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea, it’s a sight to really take in. Even though a bit further out of Liverpool centre there is a train station at either side of the flat path run, starting at waterloo and ending at high town so it’s always an easy route to do if you want to get out a little further from the city.

  1. Albert docks

The albert docks are one of the most popular destinations within Liverpool, so why not go for a run round it. With its array of restaurants, bars and art there’s something to always look at when out and about at the docks. The long dock front next to the river Mersey also means you can exercise for as long or as little as you want and is situated right on the edge of town so is accessible from anywhere.

  1. Everton park

If you’re looking for somewhere with a view, then look no further than Everton park only 1.4 miles from the centre of town so is a popular destination for students living in the city. Located in the heart of Everton this 40-acre park is perfect for running with a range of gradients up and down the hills and the amazing view of Liverpool city centre from the top. The viewing platform is a great place to stop on your run seeing all the landmarks and even as far as North Wales, a sight to behold on a naturalistic run.