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This short walk explores the 100 iron statues that make up artist Anthony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture on Crosby Beach in Merseyside. Located just a few short miles from Liverpool city centre, Crosby Beach mixes sweeping sands and stunning coastal scenery with views of the famous local docklands and surrounding industry.
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Stretching for around 3km along the beach, Crosby Beach’s iconic life-size statues are all based on a cast of artist Anthony Gormley’s own body. They’re a magnificent and slightly unsettling sight when you first hit the beach, spread out across the sand, staring silently out to sea. The rising and falling of the tide exposes or submerges the statues, with many of them often underwater or buried up to their waists in sand.
Statues aside, this is a lovely place to walk. Great for dogs, families, or just a short stroll to give yourself a break from the city – Crosby Beach offers something for all walkers at any time of the year.
Waterloo is a good place to access the beach, walking up past Brighton-le-Sands and Blundellsands on the Sefton Coastal Footpath, then looping back along the sand (check the tides first) and back to your start point.
On a fine, clear day you’ll be rewarded with views across the Wirral, all the way to North Wales and the mountains of Snowdonia.
This route was voted 82nd in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Slightly weird and mostly wonderful, you won’t forget the iron statues of Crosby Beach in a hurry. It’s a totally unique place to walk.