Join us on this coastal path walk from Crosby to Formby.
Please note that the start time is 10 am and the start location is at postcode L22 1RR which is the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, meeting inside the Bistro.
Spring is officially upon us by the NWP Adventure Walk on March 25th. Come and celebrate having 1 less hour in bed as the clocks 'Spring' forward by an hour. Join us for a coffee or a light brunch to ease us into the mid morning, before setting out on a memorable journey to find the Iron Men of Crosby beach. The trail will take you past a range of buildings on a mix of terrains with an abundance of wildlife.
We plan to walk from the Lakeside bistro through the marine gardens, past the Victorian homes of past seafaring captains and up to Waterloo station. Parking is available at the Lakeside bistro for a charge and car sharing will be available, however street parking nearby is also an option for those who prefer.
We plan to take the train from Waterloo to Hightown (cost approximately £4 per person) and then walk back to the Lakeside Bistro by early afternoon. To allow an enjoyable experience for all, the NWP leaders and Social Committee have decided to split the adventure group to form 2 walks from Hightown with a choice of either 6 miles or approximately 10 miles (this longer distance will be clarified on the day).
To ensure safety and enjoyment for all, the 2 groups will each need to stay in close proximity of the walk leaders on the day. To complete the longer route you will need legs the length of Gill Finn's and Andy Harrison's or the agility and speed of Mr Matthew Gibbs himself.
Alternatively, you can walk in the graceful 6 mile group along with Angel Angela Clarke and Super Sue Twigg-Harrison; Sue and Angela may have the home-made cakes in-case that sways anyone's decision!!!
From Hightown Station the 2 groups will set of in differing directions, however both groups will take in similar terrains and sections of the coastal public footpath. The sand dunes near Hightown allow views over the remains of a 4,000 year old submerged forest and the grasslands are teaming with bird life. There are also designated restricted area for the conservation and breeding of the natterjack toad - Sefton dunes hold up to 40% of the nations natterjack population for this rare breed.
As we reach the tarmac section of the coastal path we will see ships flowing in and out of Liverpool Docks and we will begin to see the outlines of the Iron men along the shipping lanes to the shore. This collection of 100 life-size cast figures was designed by Anthony Gormley 20+ years ago and has been exhibited in Germany, Norway and Belgium before making Crosby their permanent place of residency. Each statue stares out into the Irish Sea and between them all they span over 3km of coastline between the Coast guard station and the Lakeland adventure centre.
It's fun to walk between the men and ideally both groups will be reconvening around the start of the Iron men so we can all enjoy the experience together. Angela's Angels plan to eat Sue's scrumptious cakes with a hot flask of something while awaiting the arrival of the rest of NWP.
Exploring the next 3km of coastline is fun, however contains elements of risk and the NWP leaders request that we stay in small groups to support each other. The spring tide can come in quickly and this area of coastline contains one of the largest tidal ranges in the UK. The sand can be very fine in areas and it is possible to get stuck if due care is not taken. Angela has completed a recce of this area and at one point found herself and her dog ankle deep in wet sand so we need to stress that people stay within 2-3 lines of men from the shore edge and do not venture further on this occasion.
While walking on the beach and towards the fishing lakes you will continue to see an abundance of wildlife including oystercatchers, curlew, redshank and cormorants.
The walk will end back at the Bistro with hopefully fun sandy boots and smiles.
Angela will be running a Whatsapp group to discuss any issues relevant to the day and to help arrange any car sharing etc. To be part of this group it is essential that you text Angela on 07720 618 060 and ask to be added to the Crosby Whatsapp group. You will not automatically be added.
We look forward to seeing you all there.