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Formby Beach

Lifeboat Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ

Tel: +44(0)1704 878591

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A shot of the beach taken from grassy and sandy dunes. There are two walkers on the beach. The tide is out far and blends with the blue sky.

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About

Formby Beach is ideal for families, with a large car park, picnic areas and waymarked paths to the beach, dunes and woods.

The high dunes afford excellent views across the Irish Sea and on clear days after rain, even the mountains of Cumbria can be seen.

The coast here is undergoing erosion and the tides often reveal prehistoric mud layers, some of which contain human and animal footprints. Look out for these the length of Formby Beach from Lifeboat Road northwards of the National Trust property.

The dune slacks are important for the Natterjack Toad, a nationally endangered amphibian. The many different habitats around Lifeboat Road provide homes and food for a wide variety of insects including moths and butterflies and for birds. The woodlands are managed to improve the habitat for our native Red Squirrel. 

Lifeboat Road is an excellent place to start your exploration of Sefton’s Natural Coast. The 150 acre (60ha) site has a wide sandy beach, high dunes, furrowed grassland (former asparagus fields) and a belt of pinewoods.

If you fancy exploring more off the beaten track, a walk to the south through Ravenmeols Sandhills will reward you with wide expanses of dunes, even more beach, pleasant woodlands and relics of past developments.

 

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      370
    • Very Good
      191
    • Average
      35
    • Poor
      29
    • Terrible
      42

    Recent Reviews:

    • linda w
      Warrington, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Motorbikes ruined a peaceful day on such a gorgeous beach steeped in history with so much nature and wildlife
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 21st March 2022
      Lovely beach and s place we have been coming to for many years...but unfortunately this Sunday we were dissapointed to see lads doing wheelies and speeding along the beach in rows of 5 on... Read full review
    • Arrowmaker15
      Derby, United Kingdom
      Interesting beach and sand dunes
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 18th April 2022
      Huge expanse of beach in length and width plus the bonus interesting sand dune formations. However the car parking of £7.50 is a royal rip off. For information toilets are only open until 4pm and on... Read full review
    • LSD1970
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Brick laden beach
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 4th June 2022
      On arrival, there was a sign saying the car park was closed so had to walk half a mile to beach from where we end up parking. The car park was not full though yet people were definitely still using... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Formby beach can be accessed via Victoria Road or Lifeboat Road. Parking is available.

     

    Public Transport Directions

    Northern Line – Formby Station 1 mile.

    For local bus services, contact Merseytravel.

    Awards

    • Beach Awards Quality Coast Award 2012

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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