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Me, leaning on an Anthony Gormley iron manMany months ago, we booked trip to Southport via a KJB Deal. This was a three-night deal and cost us all of £69 – mustn’t grumble 🙂  We went there with John and Carol, who’d told us of the deal in the first place.

We couldn’t leave Huddersfield until 6:00pm due to work commitments but had a good journey, being unpacked and out again by 8:00pm.

As it was Valentine’s Day, we’d booked a restaurant – just in case.

The ‘special’ four course Valentine’s Dinner – http://www.havinrestaurant.co.uk/7-valentines-day-menu.php – was absolutely superb. Each course, and the content of each course (usually more than one dish) was full of flavour and much better than I’d expected. We’ll certainly try the restaurant again one day.

I can honestly say that, because we enjoyed Southport very much. My most recent trips there have all been for work and I’ve not really seen or ‘done’ the town. We felt that it deserved another coat of looking at.

Antony Gormley fugure looking out to sea as a ferry boat goes past.

It was handy for travelling down to Crosby too – where we’d planned to walk along the 3 kilometres of beach that contain Antony Gormley‘s iron men – ‘Another Place‘. We took a train from Southport to Hall Place and then walked from the Coastguard Station down along the beach to Waterloo. We walked back to Blundelsands to catch our train back.

John, Carol and Sharon on Southport PierOn Saturday we walked around Southport and out along the pier – the second longest in England. The weather was kind to us again and we had a cracking day. In the afternoon both Sharon and I bought Russell and Bromley shoes. We tried to find the national lawnmower museum too but half our party (John and Sharon) thought that it was an old person thing to do and were not interested in walking out too far in that direction 😦

On Sunday, we drove back via Formby, where we entered the National Trust’s ‘Red Squirrel Reserve‘. This is at Formby Point and although we didn’t see any squirrels (of any colour) we did have a great walk up and over the sand dunes, up the beach and back through the woods.

All in all this was a great weekend break spoiled only by the room Sharon and I were in. I can’t really complain as we’d only spent £69 on three nights AND the breakfasts were good AND the hosts did their very best at all times AND the house and rooms were always HOT – but the sink (the only sink) was in the tiny room at the side (almost over) the bed. The shower, en-suite with the sit-upon, was either scalding or cold and there was simply no room to swing a cat (we would have tried but …)

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