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If you like long rambles, rock pooling or hunting for prehistoric footprints then it’s time to plan your secret escape to Formby Beach.

Formby Beach’s striking dunes and endless golden sands are the perfect place to let off steam. The views of the ships entering the river Mersey estuary are fabulous – and from the top of a dune you may even be able to see as far as the mountains of Cumbria on a clear day. 

Site of Special Scientific Interest

Coastal erosion at Formby Beach has revealed a window into prehistory: Footprints from animals who lived 7000 years ago were recently discovered here – including some left by our early ancestors. Look closely and you may just see some yourself!

Formby Red Squirrels

Explore Formby pinewoods adjacent to the beach to see the Formby red squirrels or check out the remnants of the first coast guard station. Take the family, pack a picnic and appreciate the endless sky, peace and general ‘awesomeness’ of this beautiful spot. Very handy for the train station too.

Other beaches to explore in the North

Crosby beach - Liverpool 

Whitley Bay - Newcastle 

Other activities in this area

Liverpool Cathedral

Albert Dock - Liverpool 


How to get here

Nearest train station: Formby 

Distance from train station: 1.5 miles, 31 min walk


Lifeboat Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ

0151 934 2967


Parking is available and the beach can be accessed via Victoria Road or Lifeboat Road. Toilets at the car park.  

Some lifeguard cover in high season. Disabled access to the beach is provided from the car park.

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