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Formby Beach

Lifeboat Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ

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.

 

Facilities

Other

  • Relaxed

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    357
  • Very Good
    180
  • Average
    34
  • Poor
    26
  • Terrible
    38

Recent Reviews:

  • misterkemp
    Ripley, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely beach
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 3rd September 2020
    Great for a relaxing walk, nice clean beach with miles of sand and great views along the coastline, there are pretty much no shops or anything like that close by, and wouldn’t be possible to access... Read full review
  • ineversaid
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely beach, lack of facilities
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    We visited for the first time yesterday afternoon, and parked at Lifeboat beach NT carpark. Got a space no problem, and paid £7.50 by contactless. The price isn’t out of line with other NT sites... Read full review
  • WestMidlandsBears
    United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Beautiful day at Formby beach
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th September 2020
    Beautiful day at this absolutely amazing beach. Stunning sand dunes and lovely wooded area. Parked at National Trust car park for free felt like driving into centre parc’s. Stopped in short stay to... 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 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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