Of course I love an exotic white sandy beach, one where I can sweep my feet into crystal clear water as little Butterflyfish swim around my toes – who doesn’t love that?
But my favourite beach is a little different from the usual sought after paradise. On this beach the air is a little, ahem, cooler, the water a little darker and the sand not so much a shade of white as it is a shade of, well, sand. Because my favourite Beach is Crosby Beach, located in my home city of Liverpool.
I’m not sure what springs to people’s minds when they think of Liverpool, probably the Football club, the Docks, or perhaps the Beatles. But whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it’s not a Beach. But there really is the most Beautiful one up there. And it seems The Sunday Times agrees!
I was so proud to see that my hometown of Crosby made it onto Sunday times ‘Best Places to Live’ list (Winchester took top prize!) and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is the little town of Crosby well known for its independent shops and cafes – such as a Pritchards Books, a book shop I have been going to since I was a child (seriously though, when was the last time you saw an independent bookshop still going strong?) – but its an amazing place to live because Crosby has an absolutely beautiful beach that the local residents, my family included, cherish so much.
It wasn’t till I left home and moved to Leeds when I was 19 that I realised how lucky I had been to grow up near the sea. Even now, I live in London and I am constantly surrounded by the hustle bustle of this crazy fast-paced city, and I love it so much, but I miss having such a gorgeous sanctuary right on my door step to escape to. Especially when my Mum sends me photos like these on her 7am walk with the dogs:
Liverpool may not be able to guarantee the hot rays of sunshine like the other beaches I’ve visited around the world, but it’s still a fantastic sunbathing spot during the British Summer. It’s not a pebble beach, it’s beautiful soft sand everywhere, so it’s very bum-friendly. Ice cream vans can be found on the pavement by the Lifeguards Hut and with the beach stretching more than three miles long, it’s easy to get a good spot for the day.
Even in the Winter my family and I love to visit the beach, in fact my Dad walks there nearly every day. And it was on Crosby Beach that I did my Christmas Day 10k in the pouring rain! It was freezing but it was beautiful; as I paced on the wet sand, past the huge dunes, I watched as families began their Christmas Day walk with dogs wearing Santa Hats and excited Children running around.
Running in London is fantastic, especially with all the Parks, but there is something about running on that beach! The sea air fills your lungs and whether your treading the sand or treading the paved Esplanade, you have an incredible view of the Ocean as you run. And you can catch one hell of a sunset there.
Crosby beach is also home to the famous sculpture pieces ‘Another Place’ by Sir Anthony Gormley . 100 cast iron men stand proud in the sand, all facing the water. They have featured as art in other countries, but in 2007 it was decided that the Men would stay on Crosby Beach permanently.
If you ever find yourself in Liverpool and fancy a day out at the beach, it’s really easy to get to, and I honestly recommend it. Just hop on a train from Liverpool Central station headed towards Southport. Then after about 15/20 minutes hop off at Hall Road station or Crosby & Blundellsands station – it’s a quick walk from both. You will also find plenty of delicious Fish and Chip shops in the Crosby area, a perfect way to end a day pacing the sand and admiring the waves. My personal fave is a chippy called Mikes, right by my house. I don’t care what anyone says about Brighton or Blackpool, this place does THE BEST chips in the world and serves my fave Friday Night dish – The Savoury Cake. Nom nom nom.