Things to do:

If size is important, Walton Hall’s 130 green acres takes some beating. This sprawling north Liverpool park, with its outdoor gym equipment, popular sports courts and indoor centre is one for the active.

If the Olympics gets your blood pumping, head here for some laps, crunches and step-ups. Then, feeling suitably invigorated, take a relaxing stroll around Walton’s large – well stocked (permits only) – fishing lake.