On those rare days when the sun finally shines, there's nothing we'd rather be doing than day-tripping out to the coast for ice cream and warm breezes. Lucky for all you Liverpudlians, you're never too far from ocean views and sandy toes in this part of the world. From Southport sculpture spots and Sefton nature reserves to the most scenic parts of The Wirral, we've found five stunning beaches near Liverpool for you to breathe in some sea air.
One of the most popular seaside walks in Liverpool, Crosby Beach can be found a 25-minute drive from the city centre taking up a glorious portion of the the Merseyside coastline. Alongside the views across The Wirral and over to North Wales, this Southport stretch offers something a little different from your regular ocean visit. Across the sand you'll spot the series of cast-iron sculptures that make up Another Place, a permanent installation from acclaimed British artist Anthony Gormley.
West Kirby Beach
A busy beach on The Wirral, West Kirby offers 300m of sand dunes, ice cream shops and breathtaking ocean views. At the tip of the peninsula you'll find a marine lake, a man-made salt water reservoir that spans 52 acres. The pool is popular with windsurfers thanks to the strong breezes rolling in off the Irish Sea and also boasts a dedicated sailing school for all aspiring competent crew members. However, if you're looking for something a little more low-octane, the area also promises lovely walking routes and sunset vistas.
A pretty beach near Liverpool, Thurstaston sits on the perimeter of Wirral Country Park. A favourite among keen walkers and cyclists on account of its winding trails and proximity to the park, with spectacular views of both the coastline and the city skyline available from nearby Thurstaston Common - it's rumoured that on clear days you can even see Blackpool Tower. When it comes to seaside walks in Liverpool, this picturesque destination is up there with the best of them.
New Brighton Beach
Located in the northeast of the Wirral Peninsula, New Brighton is one of the best beaches in Liverpool. With almost a mile of golden sand to relax on, the stretch has always been popular with sun-seekers and day-trippers from the city. More than just a place to catch a tan, the seaside spot boasts a number of fun attractions, including the Grade II-listed Perch Rock Fort and lighthouse and the Black Pearl, a community-built replica of an old pirate ship made entirely from driftwood.
Set among a historical National Trust reserve in Sefton, Formby is one of the best seaside destinations in Lancashire. A 40-minute car ride up the coast from Liverpool, this stunning location boasts a pine woodland as well as a spacious beach. Wildlife watchers will be in their element here as the area is home to everything from squirrels and rabbits to numerous bird species. And for the pleasure-seekers? There's sand dunes to clamber over and ample room for picnicking.
Looking for more ocean escapes? Check out our list of the best seaside towns in the UK here.