Crosby (Hall Road West) Beach
This wide, sandy beach, backed by low dunes is popular with walkers, bird watchers and art lovers.
Possibly the most striking feature here is the “Another Place” art installation by renowned artist Antony Gormley (best known for his Angel of the North). 100 life-sized cast iron figures, all staring out to sea were built from casts of the artist ‘s own body can be seen dotted along the beach and leading into the waters. Depending on the tides, some of the figures may be submerged. It is worth visiting at different times of day.
The beach is not suitable for swimming because of the fast-moving tides of the Mersey estuary. In fact this part of the coast has some of the UK ‘s fastest-moving tides. There are also areas of dangerous quicksands so visitors are advised to keep within 50 metres of the promenade and should not attempt to walk out to the furthest cast iron figures.
The estuary of the River Alt, to the north, is the site of a 4,000-year old submerged forest and is also home to many interesting bird species including curlew and bar-tailed godwit. A variety of wading birds can be seen in the wet sands at low tide as well as some magnificent displays by migratory birds at dusk.
For those wishing to avoid the sand it is possible to walk along the Coastal Path, taking in views of the Wirral and North Wales. The beach is a good place to stop and watch passing ships sailing out into the Irish Sea.
Behind this central section of the beach are some interesting old houses, the former homes of some of Liverpool ‘s former sea-captains.
Parking is available at Hall Road car park. Hall Road railway station is a 5-minute walk away.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
No dog restrictions.
- Wind surfing
- Pub nearby
OS grid ref.
SJ 3038 9926
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Crosby (Hall Road West) Beach Reviews
Yes but Beware
Beach FaceAug 12th 2021
Visited mostly to see ‘Another Place’. Doesn’t disappoint and can only imagine how it would be at sunset. You get to see the ships passing by, which is was lovely and I found it to be clean. Its true what they say about quicksand, The tide was out and oblivious and enjoying the views I walked a bit too far out and in a couple of steps out of nowhere went in to quicksand up to my knees. Literally felt panicked as was alone and stuck, thankfully lifeboats did happen to spot me while driving by, and I did managed to get myself out. So just be careful when the tide is out.
STLFJun 03rd 2021
Had looked forward to visiting this beach but was greatly disappointed. There were dogs running free and pooing in the water. There was all types of litter including broken glass in the sand with clearly no attempt to clean it up by the people using the beach or the council. It was also windy on the day we visited and the sand is very fine so blew everywhere, including into our food, and a hat was lost. Not a safe place for young children due to hidden litter in the sand - including the aforementioned glass and sharp edges of tin cans, and of course the excrement from dogs in the water - so no paddling.