Formby - Beach, Woods and Coast Walk
Explore the beaches, sand dunes and woodland in this beautiful nature reserve in Formby. The area is famous for its wildlife with the Natterjack Toad and the Red Squirrel the major highlights.
The area is run by the National Trust so you will find a series of well laid out footpaths and waymarked trails. There is a squirrel trail through the lovely pine woodlands where you can look out for the growing population of red squirrels. There's also an asparagus trail where you can learn about Formby's asparagus heritage. This trail passes through farmland with Hebridean and Herdwick sheep.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Sefton Coastal Footpath which runs past the site.
PostcodeL37 1LJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Formby Beach Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Formby Beach Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Formby Beach OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Formby Beach Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Pinewoods pub is located just to the east of the woods. They do good food and have a decent selection of ales. You can find them at Wicks Green with a postcode of L37 1PR for your sat navs.
The woodland and beach are ideal for dog walking so you're bound to bump into other owners on your visit. There are water bowls near the toilets and in the parking areas at Victoria Road. The Pinewoods pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Follow the Sefton Coastal footpath north and it will take you to the Ainsdale National Nature Reserve where there's more woodland and dunes to explore. You'll also pass the Royal Birkdale Golf Club before coming to the popular town of Southport.
If you head south you can visit Crosby and see the fascinating Another Place Sculptures on Crosby Beach. The Anthony Gormley piece was created in 1997, and consists of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea.
To the east you can pick up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and enjoy a walk around Maghull to the Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Merseyside Walks page.