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Crosby Beach, Liverpool
Forget crumbly sand sculptures, Antony Gormley’s Another Place is seaside art on a whole new level. The sculptor who brought a giant steel angel to Gateshead has also left his artistic signature on a town just north of Liverpool, and in doing so transformed a sleepy shoreline into a world-famous work of art.
Here on Crosby Beach, a hundred cast-iron, life-sized figures dot the bay’s wide sands, each gazing out to sea from a different point, becoming increasingly submerged as the tide comes in. The figures are all casts of Gormley’s own body, standing upright, hands by his side. You can touch them, photograph them, stand next to them, or simply join them in their peaceful contemplation of the watery horizon.
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Having just got home from 2 weeks in Cornwall enjoying some lovely sunshine, long sandy beaches, and had a couple of local rail rovers which give unlimited train and bus travel in Cornwall for a tenner (check all the rail rovers for various parts of the country here ), the best was the trip along the branch to St Ives, the train goes along the beaches and cliffs from the main line at St Erth. The main line goes over lots of viaducts with great views of the scenery, great for a car free day with no parking hassles at journeys end. We stayed near Bodmin so we has easy access to both North and South coasts. A good tip is to join the National trust to get free access to all the houses, gardens, and coastal car parks. You'll easily get your annual subscription back in a week, which gives you loads of free days out for the year. that has to be good news when money is still a bit tight.
Walking the West Highland Way from the outskirts of Glasgow to Near enough Fort William is superb.
You will see things so dramatic and beautiful you will cry.