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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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  • Relaxed

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      370
    • Very Good
      186
    • Average
      34
    • Poor
      28
    • Terrible
      42

    Recent Reviews:

    • johnlX4575KF
      Matlock Bath, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Beautiful warm water spotlessly clean sands exceptional ornithologists paradise well worth a visit swimming is wonderful
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 29th August 2021
      A wonderful lead up off the beaten track in an avenue surrounded by larch plantations, ancient sand dunes ripple like the sands of the desert as far as Southport the lead up through the trees to one... Read full review
    • RippledGalaxy
      Birkenhead, United Kingdom
      Beautiful sunset and evening walk.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 3rd September 2021
      Me and my husband stayed in a nearby hotel and went down in the evening to watch the sun set over Formby beach and it was just stunning, the beach was lovely and clean despite there being quite a few... Read full review
    • stephen p
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Worth a trip
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 9th September 2021
      Haven’t been here for years but it won’t be long until I go back because it’s lovely. The beach was clean and it’s a really pleasant place for stroll at any time of day. 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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