Formby Beach

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 at Southport, 9 beaches in Merseyside, or check our list of Merseyside Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Formby Beach 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 16.4℃ to 16.8℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 16.4℃ to 17.3℃ with wind speed 7.8 m/sec (S)
Thursday, Oct 06
Expect a temp in the range 12.9℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 11.5 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Oct 07
Expect a temp in the range 14.6℃ to 14.8℃ with wind speed 8.9 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Oct 08
Expect a temp in the range 12.5℃ to 13.1℃ with wind speed 10.4 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Oct 09
Expect a temp in the range 9.8℃ to 11.1℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (S)
Monday, Oct 10
Expect a temp in the range 12.6℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 3.8 m/sec (S)

Southport weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Formby Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Formby Beach is at Formby 1.98 km (1.23 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 04 Oct
   High Tide at 05:05 (Height 7.16m)
   Low Tide at 11:34 (Height 3.13m)
   High Tide at 17:51 (Height 7.33m)
Wed 05 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:29 (Height 2.72m)
   High Tide at 06:47 (Height 7.25m)
   Low Tide at 13:13 (Height 2.87m)
   High Tide at 19:17 (Height 7.67m)
Thu 06 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:56 (Height 2.22m)
   High Tide at 08:08 (Height 7.74m)
   Low Tide at 14:28 (Height 2.33m)
   High Tide at 20:24 (Height 8.22m)
Fri 07 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:04 (Height 1.62m)
   High Tide at 09:06 (Height 8.28m)
   Low Tide at 15:27 (Height 1.78m)
   High Tide at 21:17 (Height 8.73m)
Sat 08 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:59 (Height 1.12m)
   High Tide at 09:50 (Height 8.70m)
   Low Tide at 16:17 (Height 1.36m)
   High Tide at 22:00 (Height 9.09m)
Sun 09 Oct
   Low Tide at 04:45 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 10:30 (Height 8.94m)
   Low Tide at 17:00 (Height 1.08m)
   High Tide at 22:39 (Height 9.29m)
Mon 10 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:25 (Height 0.71m)
   High Tide at 11:06 (Height 9.04m)
   Low Tide at 17:38 (Height 0.97m)
   High Tide at 23:17 (Height 9.32m)

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