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Formby Beach

Lifeboat Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ

Tel: +44(0)345 140 0845

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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.

 

Facilities

Other

  • Relaxed

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    360
  • Very Good
    183
  • Average
    34
  • Poor
    27
  • Terrible
    40

Recent Reviews:

  • dogman3003
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Come back Sefton Council Please !!!!!!!
    1 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 24th December 2020
    I’ve walked the dogs at the beach there for over 20 years before and after work. Best place ever for a walk regardless of the weather and the dogs love it. Since the NT took over the general running... Read full review
  • Doraexplorah
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Excellent facilities and felt safe
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 16th April 2021
    Plenty of space to get out enjoy nature and fresh air during Covid restrictions. Felt exhilarated after climbing up the dunes. Ideal for dogs to have a good run on the beach and in the sea. Car park... Read full review
  • sharondR9470RI
    Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Enjoyable
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 27th April 2021
    Lovely beach clean and not too over crowded Car park bit expensive 7.50 for the day but we only stay 2 hours due to the fact no kiosk or ice cream van to get drinks or food from .would gave... 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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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