Things to do:

Antony Gormley’s enigmatic mass sculpture, Another Place, should, by now, be in another place, enjoying another beach in another corner of the world. But they’re stuck fast here – forever looking out, longingly, over Liverpool Bay and the mountains of North Wales.

We fell in love with them, had a whip round, and decided to keep ’em right here. And it was money well spent. The commission (which started life on a beach in Stavanger, Norway) suits this windblown, careworn stretch of Mersey coastline – and the effect of the tide rushing in around the hapless chaps’ concrete-bound feet is truly mesmerising ,especially if you’re lucky to visit during one of the blazing sunsets the Sefton coast is famous for.

In fact, yes, visit at dusk for maximum impact.

The Another Place figures – each one weighing 650 kilos – are made from casts of the artist’s own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation. Beats an hour’s meditation on your iPad.

By public transport:

Trains run approximately every 15 minutes on the MerseyTravel Northern Line.

From Hall Road Station: With the train station on your right hand side walk down Hall Road West until it bends 90∞ to the left, on the bend there is an access road that goes to the beach, past the Coastguard Station.

From Blundellsands Station: On the opposite side of the railway tracks to the ticket office, the Southport train side, walk down Blundellsands Road West to the end, a short footpath leads to the beach. Approximately 5/10 minutes.

From Waterloo Station: Walk down South Road with the station on your left hand side. At the end of South Road, cross over the road and walk down the paved footpath between two parks and follow the footpath which runs between the two lakes to the beach. Approximately 10/15 minutes.