- September 27th 2013
Walking time: Approx 3 hours
Distance: 7 miles
We opted for this walk as we were intrigued to see Crosby Beach and the now famous Gormley sculptures, they certainly didn’t disappoint.
The starting point was Waterloo, just north of Liverpool city centre and we followed the Sefton Coastal Path, which led us along the promenade and to the beach front at Crosby.
Before we got to the beach and statues the skyline was dotted with the tall wind turbines which use the fresh wild breezes of Liverpool Bay to generate enough electricity to supply a moderately sized town.
The beach on it’s own is amazing, about 3km long and made up of very fine golden sand. With the addition of the 100 life-size cast iron figures, it really is a sight to behold. The Gormleys, as they are now referred to, arrived on the beach in 1997, Antony Gormley who is best known for his sculpture The Angel of the North at Gateshead was intending to move the figures to New York in 2006 but as they had proved so popular and appeared to have found their ideal home, the Local Council at Crosby agreed that they could stay permanently!
In line with most of Gormley's work, the figures are cast replicas of the artist's own body and all look straight out to the Irish sea, and as the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged in the sea which has sparked many different emotions from visitors to the beach.
One thing to bear in mind when visiting the beach is that this area of coastline has one of the largest tidal ranges in the UK. The Spring tide can come in very quickly, so you do have to be careful to catch the tides at the right time if you want to get close to the figures.
Moving on from the beach we took the path to Hightown, walking across the sand dunes where you have views over submerged grassland, a haven for a vast array of birdlife.
For energy food and drink after such a great walk there were plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants on South Road in Waterloo. We headed off to Sefton Village (about 4 miles outside of Crosby) and visited The Punchbowl a Vintage Inn with oodles of rustic charm in a rural setting where the food was tasty and wholesome and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.