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Formby Beach

Lifeboat Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ

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Tel: +44(0)345 140 0845

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Formby Beach

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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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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    293
  • Very Good
    147
  • Average
    28
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Recent Reviews:

  • I_like_spoon
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    You must visit this place
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 7th August 2018
    The beach was beautiful and huge, so plenty of space for everyone! The squirrel walk next to it was amazing and seeing red squirrels in the wild was an awesome experience. Definitely recommend to... Read full review
  • rosiethehv44
    Urmston, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely sands
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th August 2018
    We went here yesterday and couldn’t get into the car park at 1 pm as it was full up. So we went into Southport and returned at 5 pm. It is now National Trust and they charge £6.50 for parking. There... Read full review
  • Ash K
    Trip Type:
    Family
    lovely sand horrible sea
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th August 2018
    in the sea everyone i was with got attacked by some gross leeches but the sand was amazing i spent hours climbing and riding with the huge sand dunes 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 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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