We've been meaning to visit Antony Gormley's Another Place for a while but never seemed to find the opportunity or weather. With the end of my hols approaching, now was the time.
I checked the weather and it was set fair for most of the day (24 August). I checked for high tide and it was only due at 4pm. Perfect.
We took the train to Southport and changed to the Hunts Cross line for the train to Hall Road. This is the start of Another Place which then extends south for 2 miles along the coast. We had intended to walk down the Coastal Path and get the train back from Waterloo but, in the end, time flew and we easily passed a couple of hours just wandering up and down the beach.
The first thing you notice is the size of the landscape: vast empty sands, big skies. Liverpool in the distance. The noise of industry carried on the wind.
The sculptures are dotted along the shoreline. Some are close to the shore and others further out to sea.
Some of the sculptures are smooth with just a patina of rust on the cast-iron.
And, glistening in the sand, little nuggets of sea glass. Mostly white but a few of emerald green. And this sapphire beauty which came home with me.
I absolutely loved our visit to Another Place. The sea and the sun lifted my spirits and left me with a feeling of calm and contentment.
I'd like to go back again and walk the coastal path. And maybe at a different time of day - I've seen photos of the sculptures at sunrise and sunset and they look amazing. One day.
PS I can't take the credit for this sand drawing - it was left behind by one of the many children enjoying the beach that day.