Between Waterloo and Crosby, just a 20 minutes drive from Liverpool you can find a beach called Crosby beach, also known as `Another Place´. This beach is not a regular beach you can find everywhere in the United Kingdom. It is a beach decorated with art, wrought by the sea.
This unusual installation was created by Antony Gormley in 2005. 100 cast iron figures are spread across the 3 km coastline. Each of the “Iron Men” weighs about 650 kilos and have changed their appearance over the last decade. Some are covered in mud, others in algae and bay barnacles. Some figures you can only see their heads between waves of the stormy sea, others are buried in the sand. The seasons, weather and tide and many other fractures are working on their bodies and faces.
I have been there a couple of times, but it never looks the same. During winter times, some of the figures were wearing festive costumes. It looked like Santa Claus was about to go swimming. In summer one iron men was wearing a Liverpool jersey and a different one a skirt.
The beach is perfect or a walk, doesn´t matter if it’s sunny or stormy. You can stop in Waterloo at one of the little restaurants to have fish and chips or tapas for lunch.
If you have children you can spend some time at the Crosby Coastal Park, an adventure playground close to the sea. Or you bring some sand toys and build a sand castle.
How to reach Another Place
If you arrive by car I recommend the car park at the Hougoumont Avenue. It is the perfect start for a walk through Waterloo and along the Boating Lake, which takes about 20 minutes. Or you can park your car the car park of Crosby Leisure Center, which is directly next to the beach.
If you stay in Liverpool and have no car you can use the railway that stops at all three local stations Blundellsands and Crosby as well as Waterloo. Trains of the Merseyrail Northern Line run every 15.
Some of these photos are taken by Jana a good friend of mine.
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