Crosby coastal park
This linear coastal park which
stretches from Waterloo to the estuary of the River Alt at
Hightown. It includes the area known as Crosby Marine Park
The Coastal Park is just over four miles that is 6.76
kilometres, covering an area of approximately 930 hectares. For
half its length, from the southern end, the Coastal Park is backed
by built development (Seaforth, Waterloo, Crosby and Blundellsands)
and provides much needed recreational open space for the local
densely populated areas of north Liverpool.
It is also currently home to Another
which is well worth a visit.
There is a promenade which bisects the southern section of
Crosby Coastal Park and runs between the Coastguard Station at Hall
Road West in the north and Crosby Marine Lake in the south.
The northern section, Hightown Dunes and Meadows, is
characterised by a much quieter backdrop and more informal
surroundings. In fact part of it has been designated as a SLBI
(Site of Local Biological Interest) and in the near future it will
be designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The River Alt Estuary
emerges at Hightown and is part of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries
Special Protection Area and the Sefton Coast Special Area of
Conservation. There are both national
and international agreements (Ramsar) which
recognise the importance of the Alt Estuary as a home to wading and
has new facilities including a gym and
conference centre, is home to various sailing and water sport
clubs for all ages. However you do not have to be a club member in
order to use the lake.
The Sefton Coastal Footpath starts as you walk onto Crosby
Marine Park at the bottom of South Road in Waterloo. It is about 23
miles long passing through Hightown, Altcar, Ravenmeols,
Formby, Freshfield, Ainsdale, Birkdale, Southport and finishing
north of Southport near Banks. There is a cycleway sign posted
through the site.
The site is ideal for many informal activities such as
birdwatching, flying kites, walking, picnics. Facing west,
there are fine views of the Gormley’s, the docks, North Wales and
There is a children's play area, funded by the Big
Lottery, situated on site near the South Road access point and
close to the main car park near the lake.
How to get there
Please look at the Crosby coastal park
. Car Parking is available off Cambridge Road, Blucher
Street, Mariners Road and Hall Road West.
Railway Stations: Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby and
Other sites local to Crosby and Hightown are inland Rimrose
Valley Country Park and Brookvale LNR, Ravenmeols and Formby
to the north.
Last Updated on 4/3/2012