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Formby Beach is located just north of Liverpool and has some of the largest and most dynamic sand dunes in the UK.  The area is surrounded by a specially protected pine forest and where the windswept dunes meet the trees the creating the impression of a slightly surreal and otherworldly place.

It is an important habitat for waders and provides a woodland home for the red squirrel.  Tawny owls and Barn Owls, rabbits, stoats, weasels, voles, sand lizards and even the rare natterjack toad have been identified as living in the area.  The beach is in the care of the National Trust.

Formby offers visitors a remarkable expanse of beach with sand dunes rising from the shore and pine trees crowning the edges.  Part of Liverpool Bay, it is hard to believe that such an unspoilt wilderness exists right on the edge of a large city. The River Alt runs into the Irish Sea just south of Formby at Hightown.

From the top of the highest dunes (and on a clear day) it is possible to see far out over the Irish Sea.  Key landmarks that can also be spotted include:  Snowdonia and Anglesey in Wales, Blackpool Tower, the mountains of Cumbria and Black Coombe in the Lake District.

Please note that this exceptional destination can get busy on warm sunny days and nearby parking is limited.  There are mobility car parking spaces in both the nearby woodlands and main car park. Please note that the beach can only be reached by sand paths over the dunes.


Active erosion in the area combined with the tides has periodically revealed prehistoric mud layers, some of which still show signs of animal and even human footprints.


Formby Beach has recent been used for as a location for the 2016 series of ‘Raised by Wolves’.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Edisford Road, Clitheroe
Lancashire, England, BB7 3LA
+44 (0)1200 425 294

Contact Details

  • Address: Beach Parking, Victoria Road, Formby, Liverpool, Merseyside, England - L37 1LJ
  • GPS: 53.56600866364389,-3.095310712255923
  • Phone: +44 (0)151 934 2967
  • Part of UK: England
  • Sat Nav Postcode: L37 1LJ
  • Disabled Access: Poor (due to natural sand paths)
  • Visibility from Road: Poor
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