Walk Run Cycle Play – the story so far


Walk Run Cycle Play was founded by HYPE Merseyside, working in partnership with Canal and River Trust and Merseyrail, with the mission of encouraging more people to participate in leisure activities which nourish both body and mind.

We wanted to breathe life back into the stunning promenades which we are fortunate to have in our region, so as a starting point we decided to form groups in Liverpool and Wirral to meet up and enjoy outdoor exercise.

We meet every Sunday morning and are active between 10am and 12pm and everyone is welcome. Our Wirral event is along the longest promenade in the UK, New Brighton to Seacombe Promenade and our Liverpool event is along the Riverside Walkway from the Royal Albert Dock.

FREE activities and a FREE drink – if that sounds like a great way to start your Sunday, then Walk Run Cycle Play is perfect for you!

Simply claim your wristband from one of our staff on arrival at your chosen checkpoint which entitles you to a free tea, coffee or soft drink. Bottled water is also provided by HYPE at checkpoints along the way.

Our activities are free of charge and the ethos of WRCP is to bring together communities and to be a catalyst for positive change while getting people outside enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.

You can choose your preferred activity – either walk, run or cycle and start from any of the check points where our team members will be waiting to greet you with a smile. 

Our routes are specifically designed to appeal to every level of personal fitness, so you can decide to join at one checkpoint and finish at another, or you can choose to continue along the full route – it is up to you because the objective of WRCP is to make getting active fun.

The play element of our initiative is equally important to our vision, as we understand that play encourages children’s creativity and fires their imaginations!

The story of WRCP began when we identified the need for a to bring together members of the community from all walks of life, to enjoy activities which benefit both their mental and physical wellbeing.

Walk Run Cycle Play has the vision of being fully inclusive for all people, no matter what their level of personal fitness or their age and we have taken great care to ensure that we have routes suitable for all ability levels – you can exercise for a length of time which is suited to you and we have amazing staff and volunteers manning our checkpoints to look after you.

Getting regular exercise has never been more important and there are huge benefits to exercising outdoors on a regular basis, so we are excited to launch our new autumn Walk Run Cycle Play event programme soon, with several new events planned throughout September and October.

Each group will have a maximum of 100 participants, and we will be staggering our sessions to ensure a safe environment which is fully compliant with COVID – 19 guidelines.

Our objective is to make improving your fitness fun for all the family, so with this in mind we have partnered with Liverpool Watersports to add the option of canoeing and kayaking to our Liverpool sessions.

Taking part in WRCP is sure to set your Sunday off on the right note – meet lovely people and get outside while keeping fit, we look forward to seeing you there!

To register simply visit our ‘register’ page here on the website and do not forget to share your experience of our events on social media, using our hashtag:


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