Welcome to the Itinerary Planner. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

To build your own Itinerary, click Add to Excursion to add an item to your Itinerary basket.

Sign Up & Request

Formby Walks

Start: Freshfield Train Station, Victoria Road, Formby, Liverpool, Merseyside

Add Formby Walks to your Itinerary

Formby Dunes



This circular walk of 6.8 km (4.25 miles) starts at and returns to Freshfield Station, on the Merseyrail Liverpool to Southport Northern line. The route from the station to Southport Road passing through the Green Lane Conservation Area is on hard surfaced footpaths and roadways, whereas the other footpaths, bridleways and byways can get very muddy after rain .

From Freshfield Station, cross Victoria Road into Freshfield Road and then turn left into Grange Lane. The distinctive buildings on the right are Tower House and Tower Grange, claimed to incorporate part of a 13th century monastic grange that belonged to Whalley Abbey.

At Gores Lane turn right passing the early 18th century thatched cottage opposite to come to a large house with the interesting name of ‘Long Yort’, which is old Lancashire dialect for yard. Immediately left is the Cricket Path, which skirts the cricket pitch to arrive on Green Lane and St. Peter’s Church.

Founded in 1747, St. Peter’s is the centre of the Green Lane Conservation Area and like the church the cottages on the west side of Green Lane are 18th century or earlier. Following the signposted Church Path running alongside St. Peter’s to its end, we turn right into Paradise Lane and reach the junction of Ryeground Lane and Southport Road. With another 18th century cottage on our left at the junction, carry on down Ryeground Lane and where it turns sharp right go straight on into New Road and then turn left into Clifton Road.

Turn right onto the footpath behind the houses and head for the end of the overgrown hedge half left, where a passageway exits onto Deansgate Lane, where we turn right and then immediately left into Moss Side. At the footpath sign on your right after number 22 Moss Side, enter the Moss Side playing fields where a footpath runs adjacent to the hedgerow until it meets Mittens Lane.

Following the Mittens Lane track to your left we soon come to the busy Formby Bypass, which must be crossed with great care to rejoin Mittens Lane on the far side. Climbing a stile half left, a way marked path is followed over several stiles with the embankment of Downholland Brook on your right, to reach Moss Side again. In summer this section of our walk is full of birdsong, with Skylarks, Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats, whilst in winter the peaty mosslands are home to huge flocks of Pink-footed Geese.

Crossing Moss Side we continue on Little Hey Lane, which gives access to the Golf Centre on the left and on reaching the drainage ditch, the former course of Downholland Brook, we turn sharp left into Pasture Lane, which we follow for 500 metres.

Go straight on along Southport Old Road to a crossroads near the kennels and a cattery, where we turn left along Eight Acre Lane to carefully re-cross the bypass and rejoin the track on the other side. This pleasant track, marked as a bridleway, continues as Sixteen Acre Lane to reach Paradise Lane at Kenton Wood stables. The long billed Curlew, probing for earthworms in the rich soil, often frequents the open pastures to your right.

Turning right, then immediately left, we enter Little Brewery Lane and then along Brewery Lane to West Lane, to reach the railway line again at Montagu Road. The gorse-covered heathland to the north is now a new nature reserve, Freshfield Dune Heath, managed by the Local Wildlife Trust. It’s very beautiful in spring and summer, when Yellowhammers and Linnets sing from the tops of the yellow gorse bushes and in autumn, the entire area is covered in the rich purple flowers of heather.

On reaching the railway, we turn left down Montagu Road for 500 metres, to complete our circular walk and return to our starting point at Freshfield Station. Formby has many pubs and cafes with toilet facilities.


Leaving Freshfield Station, turn left into Victoria Road and then left into Gores Avenue, where a bend in the road takes us into Rimmers Avenue and on to the unmade footpath towards Freshfield Dune Heath. At the crossroads in the paths, we go straight ahead until we reach the level crossing, where we cross CAREFULLY into Formby Golf Course and continue along Fisherman’s Path, until we reach the new Coastal Footpath after a metal gate on the left.

At this point we make a short detour along the original route of the path, following purple-topped way-markers, crossing some small dunes until we reach the beach. On a clear day, the views across the Irish Sea are outstanding and a stroll along the beach can produce many of the shorebirds that make Sefton’s Natural Coast so important for wildlife.

Retracing our steps, we enjoy a nice walk back through the pinewoods frequented by Red Squirrels, following the yellow way-markers along the edge of the golf course. We soon reach Victoria Road, passing the National Trust Reserve Visitor Centre. On reaching the main road, we turn left to complete our walk back at Freshfield Station.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Approx 15miles north of Liverpool city centre, in Formby, 2miles off A565 and 6miles south of Southport.

Public Transport Directions

The walking routes start and end at Freshfields Station.

What's Nearby

  1. Formby Ladies Golf Club

    Formby Ladies Golf Club

    Open to both male and female visitors, a formidable challenge with tight fairways,…

    0.08 miles away
  2. Formby Golf Club Course

    Formby Golf Club

    Set on a site of special scientific interest, the mix of traditional links and stunning…

    0.08 miles away
  3. Formby Ladies Golf Club

    Formby Ladies Golf Club

    Set amongst coastal sand dunes and towering pines, with tight fairways, heathery rough…

    0.34 miles away
  1. Formby Red Squirrel Reserve

    Formby Red Squirrel Reserve

    Large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods which is part of the National Trust owned…

    0.72 miles away
  2. Bedrooms at Formby Hall

    Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

    Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is situated on the outskirts of Southport and just 13 miles…

    1.48 miles away
  3. Formby Sandhills

    Ravenmeols Sandhills Local Nature Reserve

    This site is characterised by a high mobile dune ridge with smaller embryo dunes next to…

    1.76 miles away
  4. 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.

    Formby Beach

    Formby Beach is ideal for families, with a large car park, picnic areas and waymarked…

    1.82 miles away
  5. Ainsdale beach

    Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Nature Reserve

    The Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve includes the stunning Ainsdale…

    2.7 miles away
  6. Ainsdale Discovery Centre

    Ainsdale Discovery Centre

    Visit the centre for a informative displays and interpretation about local facilities,…

    2.8 miles away
  7. River Alt Estuary Hightown

    Hightown Dunes and Alt Estuary

    Hightown Dunes and Meadows is a quieter area of dunes and foreshore between Hall Road and…

    2.82 miles away
  8. The Dunes Ainsdale Beach

    Ainsdale Beach

    Ainsdale Beach is now recognised as one of the premier beaches in the UK for extreme kite…

    2.84 miles away
  9. Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

    Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

    A true championship links course set among the dunes, this former Ryder Cup venue is…

    3.14 miles away
  10. Hillside Golf Club

    Hillside Golf Club

    Neighboured by Royal Birkdale and set within sand hills, a challenging layout with a back…

    4.14 miles away
  11. A child stroking a donkey at Farmer Teds.

    Farmer Ted's Adventure Farm

    A Farm Park aiming to provide a safe environment for families with children 0-12yrs,…

    4.21 miles away
  12. Royal Birkdale Clubhouse

    Royal Birkdale Golf Club

    On nine occasions the greatest championship, The Open, has been played here.

    4.4 miles away
  13. West Lancashire Golf Club

    West Lancashire Golf Club

    Founded in 1873 and among the 10 oldest clubs in England, one of the most natural and…

    4.74 miles away
Previous Next

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles