Find The Nearest Beach Merseyside
Planning a trip to Merseyside and looking for the nearest beaches. Merseyside faces out onto the Irish Sea and stretches from the Ribble Estuary in the north, through Southport, Formby, Sefton, Liverpool and finishing on the west-side of the Mersey estuary on the Wirral. At Sefton you have 32 km of dunes, the largest open system of sand dunes in England and includes in the south Crosby beach which is the site of Antony Gormley art installation called Another Place.
- Wallasey Beach is a sandy beach looking out over Liverpool Bay. The beach is part of the North Wirral Coastal Park that is a stretch of coast backed by sand dunes and nature reserves. The beach is popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers as it has grass areas to get set-up. Facilities include car parking, toilets and seasonal lifeguards.
- West Kirby beach is a sandy beach with views across to the mouth of the Dee Estuary and also the Hilbre Island which can be reached on foot from the beach. At West Kirby you have Marine Lake that is a 5 feet deep, 52 acre enclosed man-made saltwater lake. Facilities include car parking and toilets.
- Formby beach, a large area of beach with sand dunes and pine woods.A stunning stretch of unspoiled coastline managed by the National Trust Long sandy beaches and attractive pine woods Spot one of the rare red squirrels feeding on pine cones Search for 5,000-year-old red deer footprints on the beach There is a public bridlepath at Lifeboat Road and access to the beach for horses is via this Lifeboat Road path only. Lifeboat Road site: 1½ miles from the town centre; there are three linked unpaved car parks with several routes cascading out into the sand dunes and woods. The car parks are about 900 yards from the beach. Victoria Road site: North of Lifeboat Road and is busier due to the red squirrel reserve being here. Parking is available adjacent to the reserve and at the end of the road there is a large unpaved car park for easier beach access, the beach from the car park is about 100 yards. Public toilets are available at Victoria Road during car park opening hours but there are no toilet facilities at Lifeboat Road.
- Crosby beach is approximately 3 miles of beach and sand dunes and also includes Blundellsands. Sitting between Liverpool and Southport this beach is not good for swimming with strong tides and mud. The beach has a big tidal reach and for safety reasons, it is advised that visitors to the beach stay within 50m of the promenade where you have sand and not mud. Parts of the beach are backed by grass areas providing an escape from the sand. Although not a swimming beach it is very popular as the ‘Another Place’ (100 iron men) sculptures by Antony Gormley are found on this beach. The cast iron figures which face out to sea spread over a 2 mile (3.2 km) stretch of the beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands. Each figure is 189 cm tall and weighs around 650 kg. In common with most of Gormley’s work, the figures are cast replicas of the artist’s own body. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea. Horses are allowed on the beach but excluded from all bathing areas, marked by two signed flagpoles, one each side of the area with either red or red and yellow flags flying. Facilities at the beach include toilets, promenade, lifeguards and a choice of parking at Cambridge Road, Mariners Road and Hall Road car parks. The beach can be reached by foot from Hall Road railway station, Waterloo Train Station or Blundellsands and Crosby Train Station.
- Ainsdale beach, a large soft sandy beach between Southport and Formby with nature reserve and sand dunes. This beach is so large you can always find space. Ideal for horse riding, Kitesurfing, landboards, buggy and land yachts. Ainsdale Beach is now recognised as one of the best beaches in the UK for kite activities, with zones set aside for kite buggy, landboard use and kite surfing in the sea. A permit is required before you use a power kite in the kite zone. An excellent beach to learn and practice kite surfing. This large and safe beach is free from obstructions. The Ainsdale Discovery Centre is situated adjacent to the beach and Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve. The centre provides local information, a classroom facility, venue for events and cycle hire. Facilities include toilets, cafes, picnic area, car parking off Shore Road and nearby Ainsdale Village offers shopping and restaurants.
- New Brighton beach is a large sandy beach with views over to the Liverpool skyline. At low tide, the sand does turn into mud and so care should be taken. The beach is a popular destination for families and day-trippers. Facilities at the beach include parking available nearby, toilets, pub, promenade, seasonal lifeguards and leisure complex.