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Asparagus Cycle Route

Formby Railway station, Formby, Merseyside, L37 2HJ

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Asparagus Cycle Route


This circular route, from Formby Train Station passes through Formby village, the National Trust site along the picturesque Formby coast famous for its Red Squirrels and Asparagus fields.

Asparagus has been grown here possibly since the 1600’s and in its heyday, in the 1900’s, was world renowned. Today it can still be bought at Larkhill Farm.

You will also pass St Lukes Church, the site of an ancient burial ground, home to the Godstone. Locally believed to be a rebus to converting Vikings to Christianity.

  1. From the station’s south bound platform go straight across the roundabout onto the path leading to Freshfield Road.
  2. Turn left onto Freshfield Road and then right into Brows Lane.
  3. Continue straight on and through the town centre. You will pass the award winning Formby Pool, which opened in 2007. This community facility was built as a model of environmental sustainability.
  4. Turn left onto Halsall Lane and continue to Old Town Lane.
  5. Turn left onto Old Town Lane and then right onto Freshfield Road.
  6. Follow Freshfield Road up to its junction with Victoria Road close to Freshfield Station. As the road curves to the right you will pass the former home of Thomas Fresh. He was instrumental in getting the station built and in his honour the Station and the area took his name.
  7. Turn left onto Victoria Road, cross the railway line and continue along Victoria Road to the entrance to the National Trust site.
  8. Enter the National Trust, continue along the access road to the main car park.
  9. Turn left out of the car park onto the sandy path and left again onto the stone track.
  10. Follow the stone track through the woodland, on the left you’ll pass National Trusts asparagus fields. On exiting the woodland you will pass through flat fields, it was here where asparagus was historically grown.
  11. Pass through the car park and turn left onto Lifeboat Road.
  12. Continue along Lifeboat Road onto Bushbys Lane and once again cross the railway line.
  13. Turn left onto Formby Street and then left again to return to Formby Station.


  • Easy / moderate
  • Mostly off road
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Time 40-50 mins

​Bikes can be hired from Southport Train Station or Eco Visitor Centre


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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

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