Formby Beach is ideal for families, couples and friends looking for a great day out.
The high dunes provide excellent views across the Irish Sea and on clear days after rain, even the mountains of Cumbria can be seen.
The coast is undergoing erosion and the tides often reveal prehistoric mud layers, some of which contain human and animal footprints. Be sure to keep an eye out for these! The golden sands at Formby are so popular on sunny days that the carpark fills up before lunch. Avoid the traffic and the queues, get the train, Freshfield station is only a short walk away.
On the way to Formby Beach you'll walk through Formby Pinewoods, home to the protected red squirrels.