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Crosby Things to Do

  • Spend at least several wistful hours...

    As with the best of attractions you can visit the figures at any time of day all throughout the year. I want to go back alerady just one week after leaving. Nothing can capture the power of this art installation than standing nose to nose with one of the life size figurines, cast in the image of the artist's body. We had been wanting to visit...

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  • Marine Crescent

    The terraced houses in Marine Crescent - the opposite end of the road to Beach Lawn - are not as grand as the villas but are still a pretty sight with similar colour washing, wrought iron work and rose gardens.

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  • Coastguard Station

    less than a mile down the coastal path is the coast guard station near Hall Road train station. The coastguard here helps to monitor shipping movements and marine safety throughout the Irish Sea - one of the busiest shipping areas in Europe.

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  • Coastal Views

    Which ever path taken along the sefton coastal path the views are lovely. In places the sand drifts quite high and you peep through to the beach and coastline beyond.

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  • Promenade path

    Whether you walk all or just part of the coastal path to Formby or further to Southport its worth it for the views of the dunes and coast here. Just behind the wind turbines in the bay of Liverpool are clearly visible.

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  • Crosby Marina

    Just behind the beach and promenade at crosby is a small marina and boating lake. There are excellent views across the Mersey here and its of the best places along the Sefton coast to watch the ships.The path here will lead onto the coastal path that we took to Hightown dunes and onto to Formby.

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  • Crescent Gardens

    Just by the villas of Beach Lawn are the crescent gardens - a parkland inbetwwen the villas and the beach front where the coastal path all the way to Southport starts - see sports tip for more info.A word of warning here - avoid the publiv toilets here, they are a disgrace, graffitti, no paper and no water :-S

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  • Home of the White Star line Founder

    13 Beach Lawn, Waterloo, Crosby was the home of Thomas Henry Ismay, 1837-1899. He was the founder of the White Star Shipping line - owner of the ill-fated Titanic. This house is clearly visible from the Irish Sea at the mouth of the River Mersey, and all White Star vessels would offer a salute as they passed the Ismay residence.

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  • Balconied Villas

    The victorian villas of Beach Lawn have beautiful wrought iron work and long gardens at the front. From the balconies I could imagine in my minds eyes the captains watching their ships with pride in Liverpool's heyday as a seaport.

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Crosby Transportation

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    Waterloo station

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    To reach Crosby and have the freedom to walk along the coastal paths, returning from a different point of departure then leave the car at home and take the train.
    We took the train from our home in West Kirby to Liverpool and changed onto the merseyrail northern line for a short ride to Waterloo station . This left us free to walk in one direction to Formby and catch the train back home.

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Crosby Warnings and Dangers

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    danger of gullies

    by sandysmith Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Its very easy to access the reach from the coastal path and the water can look very inviting...but heed the given warning about the soft sand, mud and gullies. Don't wander too far out and don't go swimming!

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Crosby Off The Beaten Path

  • River Alt

    The River Alt is narrow at this point. Don't be alarmed if you hear gun shots here! An army training camp is situated just on the other side of the river and they can often be heard doing their rifle practice. If you want to cut the walk short Hightown station is soon reached -from the boatyard on the River Alt, join the road cross the roundabout...

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  • Dune pathway

    Following on from Hightown dunes on the coastal path the path swings inwards and follows white topped posts to reach a private sailing club by the River Alt

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  • Formby Nature Reserve

    At Formby the National trust nature reserve is one of the best places in England to see the endangered red squirrels. The coastal pinewoods provide the ideal habitat for the red squirrels and the pine cones are an important source of food.

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Crosby Sports & Outdoors

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    trail marker

    by sandysmith Written Jul 27, 2003

    The 21 mile long Sefton Coastal Footpath can either be enjoyed as a challenging days walk or broken down into shorter sections using the train stations of the northern line Merseyrail. Running from Crosby to Southport, it covers duneland, farmland and pine woodland, with wonderful views of the sea and wide beaches. It is waymarked throughout with by yellow "toad" discs.This is because the rare natterjack toad can be spotted here.

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Crosby Favorites

  • Coastal Path Walk

    A lovely summers day in June and it was perfect weather for the coastal path walk from Crosby past these balconied villas to Formby passing Merseysides other river the River Alt with its boats moored on the estuary. More details of the latter part of this varied walk can be seen in the off the beaten path section.

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  • Victorian Villas

    At the height of its Empire, Liverpool was one of the world's busiest ports; local sea captains and ship owners became wealthy. Many of them liked to keep an eye on the comings and goings of theur ships and so built fine houses away from the docks but within sight of the shipping lanes. Such fine victorian villas and mansions are to be found at...

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