This stretch of coast is within easy striking distance of Manchester, here in the north-west of England.
Crosby beach is already a lovely stretch of sand sweeping north of Liverpool, but has had an added attraction since 2005.
Renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley created 100 bronze male figures (cast in the image of his own body) which are dotted along the shoreline and without doubt totally compelling.
I finally went to Crosby in late May, and was thoroughly drawn to the statues and their places on the shore. I nearly lost a pair of shoes to the silt and was surprised by the speed of the incoming tide – so be careful when your desire to photograph takes over!