A bit of rain during the night and left with a grey but dry day. We like to start out close to home and after a morning walk in the dunes just in front of the site (Poppydog is delighted – off roading in the morning!), we passed through them again on our way out this afternoon.
The beach here is somewhere beyond all this scrubby marshland, which we may or may not navigate whilst we are here, but it doesn’t look very appealing!
Just a short way up the road the marshland gave way to sand, though it still looked rather grubby and as i was wearing walking boots rather than wellies we gave it a miss, in favour of the very thin strip of broken shell and coarse sand, just below the concrete promenade.
On the promenade is this beacon which marks the start of the Trans Pennine Trail a 215 mile trail from Southport to Hornsea on the East Coast – I think we will give it a miss this time around but shall look out for the Beacon in Hornsea when we get there!
A bit further along is the pier, at 1000m long it is the second longest in the UK, we didn’t walk along it today but may return on a clearer day. On our right was the road bridge over the huge Marine Lake and we crossed over to get a close look at the lake.
Continuing along the promenade the ‘beach’ has started to disappear under marshland again.
A bit further out of town we opted to walk along the grassy footpath, mainly to get away from the noise and smells of the traffic buzzing along the coastal road.
Eventually the footpath runs out as you reach the RSPB Reserve at the very end of town, which we decided was a good place to about turn and make our way back, slightly inland, following a footpath, across part of the Reserve, a couple of golf courses and eventually back on the town side of the Marine Lake.
Past wide tree lined avenues of gracious, tall, red brick houses (many now turned into apartments rather than single residences) – who allowed that boxy apartment block in the middle?
The lovely Victorian Hospital has been tastefully converted into apartments with lovely views over the Marine Lake and probably the sea for those on the upper floors.
The swans on the lake are very streetwise and clearly used to being fed as they home in on anyone walking along the lakeside and looking over the railings.
The sun made a fleeting appearance, just in time to be captured over the road Bridge, the start of the pier (which crosses the Marine Lake before venturing out to sea) and the ornate footbridge.
So, may be not the prettiest stretch of coastline but a lovely 8 mile round trip anyway.
Two thoughts of the day:
Just saying, the fireworks around here have been banging for about 3 hours and are beginning to get a bit irritating 😠
It is hard to understand why the Victorians took such a fancy to Southport until you see photos of what the beach used to look like!