Merseyrail gives you some real travel bargains. £5.10 (why 10p ?) for all-day trains from the Wirral up to Southport and across to Hunts Cross, whatever that is. That really helps pub tickers who have pubs in Crosby, Aigburth and Garston to tick.
From the delightful Bootle New Strand, it’s a short hop up to Waterloo, the “Greatest Hits” part of Crosby, home to naked men and one of the best run of Beer Guide pubs in the country (Stamps Too my choice).
Apart from the Seaforth container depot, you get some routine street art,
an exciting boating lake,
and the best sand dunes outside of South Shields (and Formby, of course).
But primarily, you get naked steel men that tourists decorate inappropriately.
I’m not sure if “Another Place” is my favourite Antony Gormley piece (I love “The Couple” statues at Newbiggin) but it pulls in the punters. And their bewildered dogs.
This was my first trip to “The Iron Men” when it hadn’t poured, so I made the most of it, whatever that means. I think the Japanese ladies liked it even more.
Twenty minutes walk along the dunes takes you to the Corner Post, the new Crosby GBG tick, a somewhat less stunning architectural achievement, but homely nonetheless.
And open, not always a given with micros, serving a decent Southport beer (NBSS 3) and full of good cheer.
That guy was laughing at a long anecdote about American tourists who asked how the Scots captured haggis (they’ve one leg shorter than the other, apparently). Americans aren’t that gullible, are they ?
Five points if you can guess what’s on my raincoat.
The stroll back through residential Crosby to Waterloo station is a mixed bag, with a few architectural gems.
Five marks for naming this back-street classic;
Crosby may not be where the Premiership second tier heads to live, but it looks pretty attractive and unpretentious to me, with the added bonus of a local team called Marine FC to support.
But then you realise you’re half a mile from Bootle.