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Crosby Coastal Park

The following summary data is information collected at the Sefton coast site Crosby Coastal Park for the Merseyside coast visitor research programme 2000. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Web site

Crosby coastal park is situated on the southern end of a narrow coastal strip running from Hightown in the north to Crosby coastal park in the south. Visitors to the area come to walk along the coastal path and take in the views of the sea, the Wirral and North Wales. Access to this strip of the coast is good with four train stations along this strip and carparks at Crosby Marine Lake.

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Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Crosby Coastal Park (%)
All Sefton Site (%)
Regularly
Daily
28.6
28.7
Weekly
55.7
51.3
Monthly
15.7
20
In the last 12 months
Once
5.4
16.5
Twice
3.7
9.9
6-10 times
15
11.1

 

97.4% of visitors had visited Crosby Coastal Park before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Crosby Coastal Park (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
41.2
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
13.5
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
22.5
31.2
With Friends
15.7
12.8
With Partner
2.7
4.4
Other
4.5
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting Crosby Coastal Park

Crosby Coastal Park
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Walk
49.0
Walk
46.3
Relaxation
41.3
Relaxation
42.6
Scenery
40.2
Scenery
37.7
Dog walking
27.8
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
21.1
Beach
30.7
Other
19.3
Dog Walking
28.8
Over 90% of visitors had visited the Birkdale Sand Hills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre (ADC) and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches before. This is comparable with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites that have visited before.
4. Length of stay on this site.
Length of stay
Crosby Coastal Park (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
1.7
1.5
16-30 minutes
6.9
9.1
31-60 minutes
30.5
24.7
1 – 2 hours
38.3
33.1
2-3 hours
14.3
15.7
3 hours +
8.4
16
 
5. Type of transport used to visit Crosby Coastal Park.
Transport type
Crosby Coastal Park
All Sefton Sites
Car
55.8
69.1
Train
4.4
4.4
Walked
28.2
18.3
Other
11.6
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes
Crosby Coastal Park All Sefton Sites
Peaceful Peaceful
Landscape Landscape
Views Environment / wildlife
Facilities / management Facilities / Management
Walking Walking
 
Visitor Dislikes
Crosby Coastal Park All Sefton Sites
Cleanliness User conflicts
Dogs Refreshments
Site management Car related
Facilities
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the Crosby Coastal Park site.
Crosby Coastal Park All Sefton Sites
Toilet facilities Toilet facilities
Food provision Food provision
Site facilities Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
Crosby Coastal Park
All Sefton Sites
Age <25
6.4
6.3
25-34
12.1
13.5
35 – 44
18.9
21.6
45- 54
22.6
21.3
55>
40.0
37.4
Gender Male
63.2
57.2
Female
36.8
42.8
Disability Yes
15.9
10.2
No
84.1
89.8
For more information about this project email dunes@hope.ac.uk at Liverpool Hope University.
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Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.