Day 076 : Crosby – Southport

After the beach party and the silly hats it’s back to the serious matter of facing the challenge I am undertaking. The weather is not as windy yesterday, it’s a pity the wind did not stay away yesterday for the beach party.

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Again, Christine, my wife is joining me; it’s great to have her company on the walk. It’s a lovely walk along the beach to Altcar. It seems a popular place for people riding sand buggies.

We divert inland to skirt around some MOD land used as a rifle range and walk alongside the railway line to Formby.

We make our way back down through the woods to the coast and sand dunes at Ravens Meols Nature Reserve. After our lunch we then follow the Sefton Coastal footpath. There are supposed to be some red squirrels in the woods, but we did not see any although we did pass an asparagus farm.

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Our route into Southport was past the Royal Birkdale golf courseand along the seafront to the pier. At low tide the sea goes out quite a long way leaving a beautiful sandy beach. The pier is the second longest in Britain with a walkway that stretches inland almost into the town.

That’s our walk finished for today. Time for sustenance and recuperation.