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Lifeboat Road Carparks and Wicks Lane/ Kirklake Path

The following summary data is information collected at the Sefton coast site Lifeboat Road Carparks and Wicks Lane/ Kirklake Path for the Merseyside coast visitor research programme 2000. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Web site

The Lifeboat Road dune area has a number of access points these include the Lifeboat Road carpark and paths from Kirlake Road and Wicks Lane. These access points where used to carry out questionairre interviews. Lifeboat Road carpark is a large carpark and allows easy access onto Formby beach via footpaths and boardwalk ramps. Wicks Lane and Kirklake Road paths are popular with local people.The data from these access points has been presented on one page for Lifeboat Road dune area. The data from the access points is presented separately within the tables of data.

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Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Lifeboat Road Carpark (%)
Wicks Lane & Kirklake path (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Regularly
Daily
21.6
42.2
28.7
Weekly
45.9
48.9
51.3
Monthly
32.4
8.9
20
In the last 12 months
Once
25.7
14.0
16.5
Twice
11.7
10.2
9.9
6-10 times
9.4
6.0
11.1

 

86.4 % of visitors at the Lifeboat Road carpark had visited before compared with 90.7% of visitors at Wicks Lane and Kirklake Path.
 
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Lifeboat Road carpark (%)
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Paths (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
13.9
32.5
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
15.9
13.1
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
40.6
33.2
31.2
With Friends
10.2
8.6
12.8
With Partner
9.4
8.2
4.4
Other
10
4.5
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting.
Lifeboat Road carpark
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road Path
Reason
%
Reason
%
Beach
59.8
Walk
66.5
Walk
55.6
Beach
51.9
Realxation
50.1
Dog walking
50.4
Scenery
41.6
Relaxation
48.9
Dog Walking
37.0
Scenery
48.1
Nature/ birdwatching
19.7
Nature/ Birdwatching
25.9
Reasons for Visiting at all Sefton Sites.
Reason
% of visitors
Walk
46.3
Relaxation
42.6
Scenery
37.7
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
30.7
Dog Walking
28.8
Please note: The total percentage values exceeds more than 100% in this section, as visitors where allowed to give more than one reason for visiting the site. The percentage values represent the proportion of visitors who gave this response.
 
4. Length of stay at this site.
Length of stay
Lifeboat Road carpark (%)
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road path (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
0.9
1.1
1.5
16-30 minutes
2.8
5.6
9.1
31-60 minutes
16.0
22.1
24.7
1 – 2 hours
31.6
36.7
33.1
2-3 hours
20.8
15.0
15.7
3 hours +
27.9
19.5
16
5. Type of transport used to visit Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR.
Transport type
Lifeboat Road carpark (%)
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road path
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
82.6
72.5
69.1
Train
1.1
4.1
4.4
Walked
12
19.3
18.3
Other
4.3
4.2
8.3
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
(listed in order of preference)
Visitor Likes
Lifeboat Road carpark
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road Path
All Sefton Sites
Peaceful environment Peaceful environment Peaceful environment
Landscape Landscape Landscape
Facilities / management Facilities / management Environment / wildlife
Environment / wildlife Environment / wildlife Facilities / Management
Walking Wildlife Walking
Visitor Dislikes
Lifeboat Road carpark
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road path
All Sefton Sites
Dogs Dogs User conflicts
Toilet facilities Litter Refreshment facilities
Litter parking costs Car related issues
Pollution/ broken glass on the beach Toilet facilities Facilities
37.4% of visitors at Lifeboat Road carpark and 52% of visitors at Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road path said that there was nothing they disliked.
 
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the Lifeboat Road site.
Lifeboat Road carpark
Wicks Lane & Kirklake Road path
All Sefton Sites
Toilet facilities Toilet facilities Toilet facilities
Food provision Site facilties Food provision
Site facilities Food provision Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor profile

Lifeboat Road carpark (%)

Wicks Lane & Kirklake path (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Age <25
3.7
4.9
6.3
25-34
14.0
17.2
13.5
35 – 44
24.5
19.9
21.6
45- 54
20.8
22.1
21.3
55>
37.0
36.0
37.4
Gender Male
42.9
50
57.2
Female
57.1
50
42.8
Do you have a disability? Yes
8.5
9.5
10.2
No
91.5
90.5
89.8
For more information about this project email dunes@hope.ac.uk at Liverpool Hope University.
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Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.