Formby beach, Southport, Merseyside
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    Formby Beach Information

    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.

    Formby Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year. Formby Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches around Southport, 9 beaches in Merseyside, or check our list of Merseyside Dog Friendly Beaches.

    For more information see the Formby Beach website

  • Water Quality

    Beach Bathing Water Quality

    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
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  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Tuesday, with high temperatures falling to 4°C on Saturday.

    Today's Forecast
     Foggy until afternoon.
       73%  78%   10 mph
      8:21 am    4:25 pm
    Thursday, Jan 17th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
       33%  57%   12 mph
      8:19 am    4:27 pm

    Friday, Jan 18th
     Mixed precipitation in the morning.
       75%  99%   18 mph
      8:18 am    4:28 pm
    Saturday, Jan 19th
     Foggy in the evening.
       58%  84%   12 mph
      8:17 am    4:30 pm

    Sunday, Jan 20th
     Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
       9%  55%   3 mph
      8:16 am    4:32 pm
    Monday, Jan 21st
     Rain starting in the evening.
       51%  54%   10 mph
      8:15 am    4:34 pm

    Tuesday, Jan 22nd
     Foggy until evening.
       90%  86%   12 mph
      8:14 am    4:36 pm
    Wednesday, Jan 23rd
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
       52%  37%   9 mph
      8:12 am    4:37 pm

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