Guiding Beacon [W. Lancs]
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Beacon which used to guide shipping into the River Mersey
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This is a replacement for my first ever cache at Lifeboat Sands which sadly was lost/removed three times. It is only a short distance away but is quite different. If you do go to the beach you may see the temporary home of the cache in May/June 2002. This was in the remains of the country's first lifeboat station built in 1776 at N 53 32.888, W 3 06.162, but the footings are being eroded by the sea. You may need your sand shoes as the sand drifts around, but please stay on the marked routes so as not to damage the dunes.
The location is worth a visit for the views as I wrote for Lifeboat Sands - there are splendid views on a clear day taking in Liverpool, the Wirral and the North Wales Coast as far as Anglesey and Snowdonia, together with the Liverpool Bay gas rigs and shipping into and out of Liverpool.
If the tide is out and you go onto the beach you may find prehistoric footprints - really! - see GC1TG4P "Intertidal Footprints" - though you will not see them at high tide. And if the season is right there are Natterjack Toads and if you are very lucky you may see a red squirrel as they are making a bit of a comeback!
The nearest car park is at Lifeboat Road and will cost up to £5 (in season) or you can walk along the beach from the Red Squirrels at the National Trust reserve a mile to the north. You can park for free near St Lukes Church (N 53 33.154; W 3 5.217) from which it can be a very pleasant walk through the pine woods.
There are lots of other caches in the area (30 within 1.5 milles) including BigRedHoody's National Trust Freshfield series of 7 caches for which the NT car park is a good base (also fee payable).
It is graded difficulty 2.5 because of the soft sand which would make a pushchair or similar tough going.
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