The map suggests a long and boring straight beach walk but the reality is far more varied. Take care when on the beach at high tide, particularly around Jurby Head. The Ayres Visitor Centre lies within an important stretch of lowlying sand dune coastline, stretching for 8 km from Cronk-y-Bing to the Point of Ayre. The area is of major ecological significance, parts having been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest and as National Nature Reserve. Sea-watching from the shore can be very rewarding, with diving gannets and terns offshore in summer and the possibility of basking sharks, seals and other marine mammals; an impressive list of seabirds and waders can be seen at any season.