We took a stroll along the waterfront in Southport and stumbled upon the pier. It was a nice day and we had a good view out to sea. The pier is quite wide but there is a little track down the centre for the Southport Pier tram thing which you can pay £2 for.
Boyfriend was amazed by how far out the tide had gone and felt the need to google tide times, working out that the tide must fill up the beach super fast. Probably impressive to watch but not to be caught in. In fact, in 2004 a group of Chinese cockle pickers were killed when they were caught by a fast incoming tide in Morecambe.