The view now runs the full extent of the Seven Sisters, undulating over ridges and dry valleys some four miles to beach head. It is breathtaking Even on dull day the cliffs are startling white, as if a sea monster had risen fro the deep and taken a giant bite out of England’s coast. The reason for this purity is that the Seven Sisters have been left to erode, the sea pushing them back by full three feet a year. Rocks fall regulary into the sea below, churning the water into a milky froth. The images are ever changing. At one point the cliff is a single blemish, a teardrop of sandstone.
The cliff walk is dangerous. The edge is rough, crumbling and unguarded, the chalky soil slithery when wet. Since the topmost covering of earth is just a few inches thick, it can support no large flora. Chalkland is thus the preserve of small rooted species in their hundreds, with rarities beyond the familiar campions, trefoils and vetches thriving in this windy, salty, splendid, untrammelled place. The story I just told was from a fisherman
Although many would say Southport’s heyday was in the Victorian era this traditional seaside resort is still one of the most popular in the UK. Much of this has been due to the array of annual events held here which pull in big crowds. However, it is still the town’s vast swathe of sandy beach that is the reason that people keep coming back and life revolves around the seafront.
In summer, the beach is an ideal spot for all those traditional Great British seaside pastimes. Building sandcastles, flying kites or taking a dip in in the safe bathing waters are all as popular as ever.
For an even more traditional experience visi the recently restored Pier which dates back to 1860. It is in fact the oldest iron pier in the country. Visitors can walk or take a tram ride to the end of the pier, which has a viewing platform looking over the estuary. The Pier Pavilion has displays on local wildlife and the history of the pier.
The golden sands of Southport Beach are part of the 22-mile Sefton coastline leading from the Mersey into the Ribble Estuary. Beyond Southport’s seafront things rapidly return to a natural wilderness with some of the largest undeveloped dune systems in the UK.
North of the pier, lies Marshside RSPB reserve, with viewing screens, two hides and a viewing platform.
There are two walking trails through the dunes close to the beach. The Queen’s Jubilee Trail, accessed from the Esplanade has trails, information boards and picnic areas. The Velvet Walk is a circular walk going past dunes, ponds and reed beds
New Brighton Beach, in the north-west corner of the Wirral peninsula offers an attractive 3/4-mile stretch of golden sand. In the summer months it is a popular destination for day-trippers.
From the beach there are striking views over the Liverpool city skyline. The beach is a good place to watch ships sailing out from the mouth of the Mersey estuary into the Irish Sea.
Beyond the marine lake is the 19th century Grade II listed Perch Rock Fort, once part of the sea-defences system. This is now home to the Aviation and Archaeology Museum which has many interesting exhibits including a section on “Luftwaffe over Merseyside”. Beyond the fort is the picturesque Perch Rock lighthouse.
Children visiting the beach will enjoy playing around the Black Pearl, a community-built driftwood boat.
The seaside resort of New Brighton has been popular since the mid-19th century. It now features a £60 million leisure development – Marine Point, with shops, restaurants, theatre and cinema.
A differente Beach
An army of iron statues look out to sea from Crosby Beach visit this surreal, haunting artwork by Antony Gormley, and explore its unique coastine. About 6 miles north of central Liverpool is Crosby beach here you’ll find the striking public artwork another place, by world famous British artist Antony Gormley.
See them for yourself in Crosby 20minutes by train from Liverpool central. Itself just over 2 hours from London by rail