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Crosby Marine Park, Hall Road and Hightown Dunes

The following summary data is information collected for the Merseyside coast visitor research programme 2000 at the following Sefton coast sites Crosby Marine Park, Hall Road and Hightown Dunes. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Web site

Crosby Marine Park is the southern most public site on the Sefton coast. The site is a popular recreation area with people visiting the marine lake, water-sports centre and childrens play area.

Hall Road, Crosby is the gateway between the urban coastline of the dock and the dune coastline of Hightown dunes. People are attracted to the site for the sea views.

Hightown Dunes site is primarily used by local people and is generally quiet.

 
For information about Hightown Dunes click here. For information on the Crosby sites click here
 

The data for this group of sites has been presented together on one page but seperately within the tables of data.

 

Site Summary Data

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Hightown Dunes (%)
Hall Road (%)
Crosby Marine Park (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Regularly
Daily
43.3
18.2
23.7
28.7
Weekly
36.7
70.5
63.2
51.3
Monthly
20
11.4
13.2
20
In the last 12 months
Once
6.6
5.3
5.3
16.5
Twice
2.6
3.2
6.2
9.9
6-10 times
9.5
20.9
17.7
11.1

 

These sites have a very high proportion of repeat visitors with 96.7% of visitor at Hightown Dunes, 97.2% at Hall Road and 97.8% at Crosby Marine Park stating that they had visited the sites before.

 
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Hightown Dunes (%)
Hall Road(%)
Crosby Marine Park (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
63.1
30.9
33.9
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
10.6
16.3
10.3
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
10.6
28.7
29.9
31.2
With Friends
12.4
16.3
20.1
12.8
With Partner
0
1.8
1.8
4.4
Other
3.3
6
4
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting.
Reason
Hightown Dunes (%)
Hall Road (%)
Crosby Marine Park (%)
Walk
46.7
45.4
44.2
Scenery
40.9
47.5
30.4
Dog walking
39.8
22.3
22.8
Relaxation
28.5
47.2
46.0
Nature / birdwatching
17.5
2.8
3.1
Beach
6.2
30.5
22.3
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.
 
Reasons for visiting at all Sefton Sites Combined
Reason
% of visitors
To walk
46.3
Relaxation
42.6
Scenery
37.7
Birdwatching / nature
31.9
Beach
30.7
Dog Walking
28.8
 
 
4. Length of stay on the sites.
Length of stay
Hightown Dunes (%)
Hall Road(%)
Croasby Marine Park (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
1.1
1.8
2.2
1.5
16-30 minutes
6.3
6.5
5.8
9.1
31-60 minutes
32.0
30.2
34.5
24.7
1 – 2 hours
37.1
39.2
40.4
33.1
2-3 hours
14.3
15.5
11.7
15.7
3 hours +
9.2
6.8
5.4
16
5. Type of transport used to visit the sites.
Transport type
Hightown Dunes (%)
Hall Road (%)
Crosby Marine Park (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
38
9.1
35
18
Train
9.1
1.1
4.9
4.4
Walked
35
17.9
11.2
18.3
Other
18
11.2
7.9
8.3
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
(listed in order preference)
Visitor Likes
Hightown Dunes Hall Road Crosby Marine Park
Peaceful environment Peaceful environment Peaceful environment
Landscape Landscape Landscape
Environment / wildlife Views Facilities /management
Views Access Walking
Visitor Dislikes
 
Hightown Dunes Hall Road Crosby Marine Park
Cleanliness / pollution Cleanliness / pollution Cleanliness/pollution
Dogs Refreshment facilities Site management
User conflicts Site management Dogs
Site management Dogs User conflicts
Refreshment facilties Site management/ Sefety Refreshment facilities
 
Visitor Likes and Dislikes at all Sefton Sites.
Likes: Dislikes:
Peaceful environment User conflicts
Landscape Refreshments
Environment / wildlife Car related
Facilities / Management Facilities
Walking
7. Improvements visitors would like to see.
Hightown Dunes Hall Road Crosby Marine Park

Site facilities

Food provision Food provision
Toilet facilties Toilet facilities Toilet facilties
Food provision Site facilities Site facilities
Cycle Paths Seats Seats
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile

Hightown Dunes (%)

Hall Road (%)
Crosby Marine Park (%)
Age <25
4.1
5.3
11.6
25-34
8.6
13.1
14.7
35 – 44
17.5
20.9
22.3
45- 54
25.7
19.9
25.0
55>
44.2
40.8
26.3
Gender Male
68.5
64.9
59.9
Female
31.5
35.1
40.1
Do you have a disability? Yes
13.8

16.7

14.2
No
86.2
83.3
85.8
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.