Wirral and Merseyside

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New Brighton


Location - Town: New Brighton
Location - County: Merseyside
Description/directions to location: On main sea front prom.

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Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Small and Clear
Depth: "Wellies"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets, Ice Cream, Free Parking

Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.newbrightonmodelboatclub.com

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.

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Hi Mark,

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]

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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!
I havenít seen anyone sailing boats there for a considerable time and wonder if the local model club has done anything about lobbying the local council to ban feeding on this lake.
The only other place to sail locally is Bidston Moss, Birkenhead but this is a very large lake that has no atmosphere or spectators.

Regards

David [22.12.2007]

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Update

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.

Thanks

Mark, modelboatlakes.co.nr [22.12.2007]

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Southport

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Location - Town: Southport
Location - County: Merseyside
Description/directions to location: Brand new pond built for Southport model boat club. Jubilee pond located on Victoria park, off Rotten row in southport. We are adjacent to Southport model engineers whose track runs around the new pond.

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Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets are available on site when the club is sailing. Club sailing sessions are Sunday morning and Wed' evening.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website: www.southportmodelboatclub.com
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): no ic engines
Anything else to add?: fantastic new purpose built pond!
Car park for members only but parking available free on road next to pond.

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.

 

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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.

Birkenhead - Gautby Road

Location - Town: Wirral
Location - County: Cheshire
Description/directions to location: Gautby Road, Birkenhead. Merseyside
West Kirkby,Wirral,Cheshire
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: huge, stated to be 300 yards by 100 yards, and the access is perfect, concrete all around. It is the large dark rectangle with rounded corners on the aerial map. Look at the size of the houses for comparison
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list:
Open Public Access: Open access
Anything else to add?: Hi Mark! Greetings from Canada.
First some nostalgia....I used to sail a model yacht with my father[Scary to say over 50 yrs ago!] at the Birkenhead Model Yacht Club on Gautby Road, Birkenhead.The Google map shows the club-house and directly opposite this was a small lake for children.It seems this has now been incorporated into the larger one.It was/is very active on weekends. It's shown at

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?article=9424

I'll get some photos the next time I'm over.

No mention is made of the large marine lake at West Kirkby. I'm sure I've seen model boats there although it is used for other purposes. It's shown on
http://www.camserv.co.uk/wirralcam/home.shtml A useful site for observing surface conditions before heading out,

Listed by Jay [19.08.2007]. Updated by Nigel Hancock [22.06.2008]



Wirral

"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
ic boys.Summer weekends can get hectic at New Brighton, along with club guys it attracts loads of children with their toys ( all on 27mgs!!) There is a fantastic lake just a couple of miles away at Ashton Park, West
Kirby, Wirral. Situated in a very scenic park. A local club occasionally use lake, but as there is a lot of vegetation at one end, and an Island, you get a lot of ducks, birds etc. The sunday afternoon public can be a bit on the complaining side when a model boat appears, however I have it on good authority you are ok to sail. Wish I knew the club name, as they organise towing, sailboat, maneuvering comps etc.

Hope this info helps,
Paul Devlin"

Many thanks Paul - very helpful. Anyone got any photos / further info? Thanks, Mark.

Listed 26.08.2006

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Location - Town: West Kirby
Location - County: Wirral
Description/directions to location: Ashton Park Lake West Kirby
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Small and Murky
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list:
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club:
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc):
Anything else to add?: This lake in West Kirby is used on a regular basis 2+ days a week by the long established Wirral Model Boat Club. No power (IC) or steam boats allowed.

Listed by George Simpson [21.03.2007]

Updated 03.05.2007:

Location - Town: West Kirby
Location - County: Wirral
Description/directions to location: Ashton Park lake is an ornamental lake.
The Wirral Model Boat Club pay the council quite a large amount of money each year so that the members can use it. It is not a public lake for anyone to sail on and there are many restrictions imposed by the council as to what we can sail on it, and where on the lake and when we can sail.
We recon it is one of the best lakes around
Type: Pond
Size: Medium / Small
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Toilets close by and tea shop open on Sundays and fun days, summer only
Open Public Access: Club members only
Local model boat club: yes
Website: to follow
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I.C. No Steam max speed 4mph. Open to club members and their guests only.
Listed by Michael Friend, P.R.O. Wirral Model Boat club

Location - Town: Hoylake
Location - County: Wirral
Description/directions to location: North Parade Hoylake next to Lifeboat Station, CH47 3AL
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Toilets nearby
Open Public Access: Open access
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I/C
Multimap:
Anything else to add?:
Sailing Wed Fri and Sunday

Listed by Max Ferrie, 11th November 2009

Location - Town: St Helens

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Location - County: Merseyside
Description/directions to location: The Big Dam, Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St Helens
Type: General boating lake
Size: Heroic
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: Toilets at Ranger Centre a few metres away from the boathouse and toilets for club members and guests use only in the boathouse
Open Public Access: Access with model boat insurance only
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Everything except I/C
GoogleMap
Website

Listed by Christine Evans (Secretary) Dave Maddocks (Chairman), 13th February 2010

Anything to add or amend?