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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:

  • Excellent
    298
  • Very Good
    149
  • Average
    28
  • Poor
    21
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    23

Recent Reviews:

  • parrycb
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Used to be much better years ago
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 23rd September 2018
    I have not been to this beach for years we came on a Sunday. The car park near the beach was bad we had to drive through a massive puddle which was deep to get in and then 1/2 of the car park was... Read full review
  • Lorna S
    Golborne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Gorgeous day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 19th September 2018
    As a couple who like walking we came to Formby for a walk having been disappointed in Southport beach previously. There are no comparison’s! Beautiful day. We happened to find the enterance via... Read full review
  • marie m
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Nice walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 13th September 2018
    Amazing beach and walks. National trust area car parking £4.50. Areas to picnic and access to red squirrel area. Beach clean and suitable for people with horses.There was an icecream van but other... 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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