Lifeboat Road is a 150 acre nature site in the Formby, situated between Ravenmeols Local nature Rreserve and the National Trust's Formby Point. It has a wide sandy beach and high dunes, furrowed grasslands that were once asparagus fields and a wooded area.
Its an ideal place for nature walks and lazing on the beach.
Walk to the Beach
From the entrance of the reserve at Lifeboat Road its only a 1.2km walk to the beach. The walk through the woods does not take long and you soon come to the sandy paths leading up to the dunes and down to the beach at Formby Point.
Over the Dunes
The path to the dunes is marked by white topped posts - just as on the coastal path from Crosby. Its a bit of a slog up the dunes with your feet slippiing down in the soft sand but you'll soon be on the beach
The beach is a great expanse - perfect for sunbathing and sand castle building...but there are mud gullies and strong currents so I would not reccommend swimming here.
We just enjoyed walking along the relatively quiet beach and then heading to one of the many trails over the dunes.
Britain's First Lifeboat Station
The road to the dunes is called Lifeboat Road due to its association with Britain's first lifeboat station - built at Formby in 1776.
The ruins of a later station built in 1809 are still evident on the beach. After more than a 100 years service it was closed in 1918, converted into a tea-room, but demolished in 1965 and burried by the sands.
The dune system here is the fourth largest in Britain and an important site for wildlife. The sand dunes are constantly changing though due to erosion and storms - so make the most of them while you can.
Gateway to the Forest
The Lifeboat Road area is coined the "Gateway to the Mersey Forest". Bit of an exaggeration as the forest is not that huge!
Walk in the Woods
Nevertheless the walk through the woods at Lifeboat road is pleasant - aromatic Balsam Poplars and Pinewoods are the dominant trees here.
- Hiking and Walking
Horses Enjoy This Place Too
Yes, they train race horses on this beach too. It's good to watch them galloping along the vast expanse of sand.
- Horse Riding