Sandy beach, with sandunes and a cloudy blue sky.

Ainsdale Beach

Ainsdale Beach is one of the most popular on the coast and with its long stretch of golden sand, it’s easy to see why it has been awarded a Quality Coast Award.

As well as being the perfect place for family days out, Ainsdale Beach is now also recognised as one of the premier beaches in the UK for extreme kite activities, with zones specifically for kite buggy and land board use and kite-surfing taking place on the sea.

Ainsdale Beach and nature reserve are also popular with schools and colleges for educational visits and provide a venue for a variety of events throughout the year. In the summer months it's a great place for families to enjoy the wide open beach and steep sand dunes. There are also special conservation spots for the local wildlife like the Natterjack Toad.

Heading to the coast today?

Don’t forget your beach basics - to keep us all safe and the stunning Sefton coastline looking clean and beautiful:

  • Use the bins – Sefton Council have put larger bins & skips at busy locations for your use. If a bin is full, pop your litter in a bag, then please take it home and recycle where you can.
  • Remember BBQs & fires are not allowed anywhere at the coast.
  • Please respect this precious landscape, it is home to many rare plants and animals!

To find out more about Sefton Council managed beaches, visit

Ainsdale is a lifeguarded beach but it's important to follow key safety advice:

  • Check tide times and only swim within the yellow and red RNLI flags
  • Be aware of soft mud. If you get into difficulty and can't see the lifeguard call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • If you get into trouble in the water lie on your back and relax, resisting the urge to thrash about. If possible raise your hand and shout for help. 
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Nearest station: Ainsdale

Ainsdale Beach is a short walk from Ainsdale station. The station is in Ainsdale village where you can find shops to stock up on refreshments for your day at the beach, or take your pick from the restaurants for a lovely meal before heading home.

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