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With its striking new lakeside HQ, the Crosby Marina is a handsome focal point for this trim suburb of north Liverpool.

Crosby lakeside offers sailing, kayaking, all manner of watersports tuition and a state-of-the-art fitness suite. There’s a decent cafe, too.

The marina itself makes for a pleasant walk, around the dunes, boating lake, marsh lands and wildflower meadows – good for an out of town picnic.

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