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I've sailed here - that's my Huntsman above taken a couple of years ago. Great location on the entrance to the Mersey and good sized lake with 100% access. I visited just before Christmas and was very disappointed at the condition of the water - merky, only about 6" or so deep, and dominated by Swans. Hope it gets a clean up in the spring! Mark [08.01.2007]. PS - Could anyone please let me know if the lake gets cleaned out and refilled. Many thanks.
In response to your question regarding New Brighton, I went a week ago, I live very close to it, and was unable to sail, as there where still Swans (winter!!) and hundreds of young seagulls on the water. There where a lot of people feeding them, so I thought it best not to sail. The problems here is that there is now lots of food, and crap in the water. I don't know if the local club actually clean it, but its a shame as this lakes dates back many years. There is a lot of talk of regeneration in this area, leisure facilities etc, as at a weekend in summer New Brighton gets very busy. It would be a shame if the lake gets lost in the future plans, due to the fact it has turned into a big duck pond!
From here I went over to Liverpool, and went to Newsham Park Lake, just outside the city centre. I used to live by here, and as a youngster used to sail here, but over the years it was developed, renewed, and Fishermen where encouraged to use it, even though some couple of 100 yards away there is a massive and scenic lake that they can fish in! I expected to be unable to sail, but was surprised to meet a couple of guys sailing boats. It would appear that a club is active here all year, sailing on wednesdays and sundays, and the fishermen don't appear on these days!
Many thanks, Paul. [31.01.2007]
It is such a shame about the model boating lake at
New Brighton. This is a beautiful purpose built lake which holds many
childhood memories for many but unfortunately, due to people feeding
them, is now home to a great number of Swans, Sea Birds and Pigeons.
I went again yesterday and besides the 20 or so Swans and the vast
number of sea birds the lake is full of food, crap and debris, as is
the surrounding footpath area, which is now quite disgusting!
Many thanks for your contribution David. I sailed my Porthgarth on the lake one Sunday morning back in June 2007. [Photos]
There were about 4 or 5 club members sailing. The lake was clean and the birds weren't a problem. I think the condition of the lake deteriorates very quickly in the winter when the wildlife takes over. Fingers crossed it will get cleaned out again in the spring.
Mark, modelboatlakes.co.nr [22.12.2007]
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- Town: Southport
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Photo album and additional information by Steve Long and Christine Ebeling-Long, 01.06.2005:
In addition, it's worth noting the pond's edge is of railway sleepers then sloping concrete. The lake is a metre deep with a plastic lining covered with sand. As you can see, the plastic lining tends to rise a bit at the edges, so sailors are warned to bring a pole!
As noted the Southport Model Engineers railway track runs alongside, so if you arrive on a day when trains are running, you might get a ride on the railway as well.
In addition there is also a radio-controlled car racing track nearby (also in the photos). So on a good day you'll get boats, trains and racing cars.
Lost pond - Southport:
The boat pond in the bottom left corner of this postcard is an older pond, near the pier, on the edge of a pitch and putt course. It was still in existence up to about two years ago but it has now disappeared under the foundations of a new hotel. Google Earth image taken just before it disappeared - pond just south of Marine Parade....
Further information and old postcards of this pond to follow - research courtesy of Nigel Hancock.
Location - Town: Wirral
Listed by Jay
[19.08.2007]. Updated by Nigel Hancock [22.06.2008]
"I live north wirral,
and with New Brighton, we also have a small lake in Hoylake, situated
right on the beach. If its a bit breezy, it gets very rough (as does
New Brighton) as both are right on the coast. Birkenhead gets
Hope this info helps,
Many thanks Paul - very helpful. Anyone got any photos / further info? Thanks, Mark.
Location - Town: West Kirby
Listed by George Simpson [21.03.2007]
Location - Town: West Kirby
Location - Town: Hoylake
Listed by Max Ferrie, 11th
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Location - County: Merseyside
Listed by Christine Evans
(Secretary) Dave Maddocks (Chairman), 13th February 2010
Anything to add or amend?