Revisiting This Is England: Ben Lewis’s Top 9 Liverpool Street Spots

Street spots are so much more than just obstacles to do tricks on. Each and every spot has it’s own history, stories, knowledge, rules, NBDs, shelf-life, modifications, notable visitors, best way of approach and… well, the list goes on. Seeing as it’s the Scenes Issue we decided to catch up with a true Jedi Knight of local spot knowledge, Ben Lewis, to give us the low-down on his top 9 Liverpool street spots.

1. The School

The School was my local spot when I first started riding. Back then it was mostly a skatespot with the likes of Geoff Rowley spending a lot of time there. Over the years a lot of big names have come through, including Ian Morris and Dakota Roche, each spotting unique lines.

The set-up has never changed but the security has… some years they go over the top but at the moment as long as you go out of opening hours e.g. after 6 pm or weekends, there isn’t really an issue.

What makes this place so good is how complicated it is. As riding and skill levels change lines and tricks that where unimaginable have become regular. The school is a real good weekend spot when you can spend pretty much the entire day there.

2. Everton Brow

This spot was to my knowledge first discovered by the Lord Clothing Crew with Ian Morris dropping some ridiculous barspin gaps there for footage. The spot lay dormant for a long time before a recent popularity surge when DUB BMX came to town, using it as a major spot on their ongoing street contests.

The spot is rough as fuck, both for getting hassle off locals and for falling off. It’s in a dodgier side of town and is normally covered in glass. Despite this, the rails, ledges and gaps are all more than worth it. Tricks of note to have gone down here include Ditchburn’s 360 gap and Millsy tyre-riding the rail. Word on the street is the kinker is on the cards so keep your eye out for the DUB dvd!

3. Up/Down Rails

This is my favourite spot in Liverpool right now. It’s behind a warehouse and fenced off from the public so no-one is ever down there. The best rails here are the higher ones but there’s a variety of different set-ups to suit your liking. You can ride here anytime of the day and as long as your respectful to anyone who comes out of the back of the buildings this spot will be here to stay for a long time.

This spot is great for learning rail tricks as they start bar height and have the safety of the mellow bank on the other side incase you do go down. I’ve witnessed many insane combos on this spot performed by Addy “Grindmaster Flash” Snowdon and would have to vote him as the king of this spot. Check his recent Alibi Co web vid for some of this action.


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