Formby Beach

Formby beach, Southport, Merseyside

Place Category: Beaches

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  • Formby beach, large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods.

    • Stunning stretch of unspoiled coastline
    • 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


    Lifeboat Road site: 1½ miles from the town centre; there are three linked unpaved car parks with several routes cascading out in to 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.

    Formby Beach has dog restrictions. Dogs are welcome year round but must be kept on a lead due to wildlife.

    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.

  • Formby Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain on Thursday through next Tuesday, with temperatures bottoming out at 13°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy until afternoon.
       8%  67%   14 mph
      7:44 am    6:13 pm
    Wednesday, Oct 18th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       14%  75%   10 mph
      7:46 am    6:11 pm

    Thursday, Oct 19th
     Light rain and breezy starting in the evening.
       88%  95%   16 mph
      7:48 am    6:08 pm
    Friday, Oct 20th
     Rain in the morning and breezy starting in the evening.
       83%  82%   5 mph
      7:50 am    6:06 pm

    Saturday, Oct 21st
     Dangerously windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       87%  77%   8 mph
      7:51 am    6:04 pm
    Sunday, Oct 22nd
     Dangerously windy until evening and light rain in the morning.
       74%  91%   26 mph
      7:53 am    6:02 pm

    Monday, Oct 23rd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy in the morning.
       75%  67%   16 mph
      7:55 am    6:00 pm
    Tuesday, Oct 24th
     Overcast throughout the day.
       63%  96%   15 mph
      7:57 am    5:57 pm

  • Formby Beach Tide Times


  • Formby 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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