Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crosby Beach

Today I decided as I was not working this weekend as I had the past two weekends that I would get out of the house and explore. The weather was being a bit tricky with blue skies one minute then overcast the next. I chose to leave the slight warmth of the house and venture out to Crosby. I took the 61 towards Bootle, getting off at North Park and switching to the 53 heading to Crosby. From there I ventured down to the beach which was not a long walk from where the bus stopped. Crossing an expanse of grass and sand dunes, the beach welcomed me like an old friend and I ventured onto it.

The last time I had visited Crosby had been in March of last year with Jamie. I wrote about in a post here.  I wandered across the beach, ignoring my now wet socks and feet. I regretted not wearing my rain boots or even my Palladium boots. Next time I'll wear more sensible shoes to the beach. I would have stayed longer but the weather changed from sunshine very quickly to hail and I was forced off the beach to seek shelter. After a few minutes the weather cleared again but now off the beach, I felt it was time to go. Soggy feet and all I caught the 53 back towards Waterloo Station where I hoped to find a restaurant I had been recommended open but it was still two hours before it did. Unable to wait around in my wet and now cold feet, I caught the next 53 out of Crosby, switched back to the 61 and enjoyed the hour long bus ride back to Mossley Hill.

The highlight of Crosby Beach is Anthony Gormley's "Another Place" There are a hundred solid cast iron figures stretching 2.5 kilometres down the coast and one kilometre out to sea, with an average distance of 500 metres between the pieces.

Crosby is easy to reach from Liverpool City Centre. The 53 takes you from Queen Square Bus Station or you can catch Merseyrail to Waterloo Station.

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