Sefton is perfectly placed for seaside fun, golfing and ogling atmospheric life-sized art installations.
Sefton, a metropolitan borough of Liverpool, extends along the beautiful, sandy coast that unfurls north of Liverpool, in northwest England. This is an area of pinewood-backed sand dunes, nature reserves, perfectly manicured golf courses and traditional seaside resorts; it’s easy to see why it’s favoured by footballers such as ex-England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
England’s Golf Coast
Golfers can tee-off on 15 of the finest links courses in the UK on England’s Golf Coast, and Sefton’s central location among them, makes it the perfect base. The concentration of championship golf courses here is unparalleled, and the area boasts a rich golfing heritage – all 15 of the Golf Coast’s clubs have celebrated their centenary year. Between them, they also claim the first international match, and have hosted The Open Championships over 30 times.
Chose Formby Golf Club for an unforgettable golfing experience that mixes traditional links with a site of scientific special interest and stunning views, or head to Royal Birkdale Golf Club to tackle the top ranked course in England.
Traditional seaside fare
Head to Southport to experience a traditional English seaside break. This resort claims 22 miles (35km) of coastline, crowned by England’s oldest iron pier, which is also the second longest in the country. At 1,000 metres (3,280 ft), it’s a good thing there’s a pier tram to carry you to the end of this Victorian marvel! You’ll find good old-fashioned pier entertainment with a funfair and vintage penny slot machine. And stacks of fish and chips, of course.
Back on dry land, spot a red squirrel scampering through the pinewoods, examine prehistoric footprints on Formby Point, or stroll along picturesque Lord Street, which is lined with Victorian canopied shops and landscaped gardens.
At Crosby Beach, 100 iron men scattered across 2 miles (3km) of sand gaze out to sea. They all started out exactly the same, but time, weather and the tide have changed each one so none are now alike. This is Another Place, a haunting artwork by Antony Gormley. Some figures are almost a kilometre out to sea, so the varying tide means an ever-changing view. Gormley created the artwork with the intention of moving it around the world – the figures have been on display in Germany, Belgium and Norway and were meant to go to New York after their time at Crosby Beach. However, the artwork seemed to find its true home here, and all involved agreed it should stay at Crosby Beach for as long as the sea allows. It’s a unique work of art; don’t miss it.