The coastal town of Southport is a popular destination for families from all over the north west of England - a more palatable place to visit than Blackpool and a town that retains lots of its historic charm.
The town lies on the Irish Sea and is about half way between the cities of Liverpool to the south and Preston to the north. To the north of the town lies the River Ribble and the Ribble Estuary and in between miles of flat open sand.
Southport is not renowned for the sea coming in too close to the shore. It does happen but almost never when I go and visit.
This is the view of the shoreline with its mix of modern and traditional buildings, the image was shot from the Pier that sticks right out into the sea.
Of course the Pier is a very famous landmark indeed.
It is a Grade II listed building and with its 1,110m length it is the second longest in Great Britain. Constructed of wrought iron and wooden decking it really is a superb historical construction.
The arches sweep over the top of the Pier and each arch houses an ornate lamp that lights up the structure as the darkness approaches.
Placed right in the centre of the Pier are the tracks for a tramway that carries passengers from the shore right to the cafe at the end of the Pier.
This proves a popular method of transport when the weather turns, but when the sun shines, there is no better feeling than to walk along with the wind blowing in your face.
When you get right out towards the end of the Pier, you can cast your eye over towards the horizon and the Fylde Coast, home of the more publicised town of Blackpool.
On a clear day you can see the pleasure beach, roller coasters and the tower. They are in stark contrast to the flat sands that surround them.
When you have enjoyed your cup of tea or coffee at the cafe at the end of the Pier you can make your way back to shore and discover another gem - the marine lake, a body of water used by the tourists and small pleasurecraft.
Other smaller ornate iron bridges cross the water and connect each shore. Even when the winds are blowing this is a very sheltered place to be.
The coast road is exactly what you would expect it to be, a road that goes all the way along the sea wall from Formby in the south, all the way to the Ribble Estuary Park in the north.
Areas along the coastal road have been upgraded and developed and turned into small havens for the tourists with restaurants and shops helping to attract the visitors all year round.
It's all very clean and welcoming.
I hope that this gives you a little taste of what you can expect from a visit to Southport, there is something for everyone really and it remains one of my favourite places to return to.