Formby Travel Guide

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    Statue at Crosby Beach
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Formby Things to Do

  • 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.

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  • Sand Dunes

    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.

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  • Beach View

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lifeboat Road

    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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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Formby Transportation

  • Car Park Fees

    Of course you can travel by car and there are car parks available behind the dunes of both Lifeboat Road and in Victoria Road...but expect to pay for the day. For the carrkpark at Lifebaot Road it was ?2.70/car.

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  • let the Train take the Strain

    To reach Formby and have the freedom to walk along the coastal paths, returning from a different point of departure then leave the car at home and take the train.We took the train from our home in West Kirby to Liverpool and changed onto the merseyrail northern line forthe ride to Formby station. If you just want to see the squirrel reserve then...

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Formby Warnings and Dangers

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    jellyfish

    by sandysmith Written Aug 3, 2003

    The beach may be great to sunbathe on but I wouldn't fancy swimming in the water here - saw lots of jellyfish stranded after the tide had gone out and I really don't like jellyfish :-S

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Formby Sports & Outdoors

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    a ride along the beach

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 3, 2003

    There are bridle paths in the nature reserve as well as paths for walkers, so its not unusual to see horses on the beach too.

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  • Rural Life

    Just opposite St Luke's chuch is a newish housing complex done in an old village style - thatched roofs to the houses which surrounded a small village green and pond. It looked really quaint.

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  • St Luke's Church

    On the way back from Lifeboat Road to the train station at Formby we passed the rural parish chuch of St Lukes - a lovely setting for a wedding on a sunny Saturday afternoon in August.

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  • Boardwalk

    There are boardwalks to the dunes at the end of Victoria Road South, Formby. The beach can be accessed and there is also a viewing platform. The boardwalk is soon covered by sand though - makes for heavy going walking up the dunes!

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