Sunday, 27th January 2019

Walk: Crosby to Ainsdale
Start Point: Ainsdale Railway Station, train to Waterloo Grid Reference: SD 310 122
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: Flat
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: High winds

Four of us took the train from Ainsdale to Waterloo with no idea what we were in for.
The plan was to follow the Sefton Coastal Path from Waterloo station back to Ainsdale, but as we left Waterloo station heading for Crosby beach it very soon became apparent that we were going to struggle. There was a North-West gale-force wind blowing directly into our faces which was almost blowing us off our feet as we struggled to cross Crosby Coastal Park on our way to the coastline. But there was worse to come. By the time we reached the sea front it was very much like walking into a sand storm as the winds blew the sand directly into our faces. We now realized there was no chance of seeing the Crosby Sculptures as hoped or walking the Sefton Coastal Path from here, so an inland route was very quickly devised which we followed back to Ainsdale.

The sand gusting across the front like a sand storm

 Zooming in on the sculptures by Antony Gormley on Crosby beach - Another Place

A quick group shot before heading inland

We stop for a group shot where there is shelter near Altcar Training camp

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