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Formby Beach, Formby

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Formby beach is the location of the first lifeboat station in the UK. Established perhaps as early as 1776 by William Hutchinson, Dock Master for the Liverpool Common Council. It was the first lifeboat station in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world. The foundations of the last of the lifeboat station buildings remain on the beach. The last launch took place in 1916.
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  • As National Trust members we parked for free, but I think it's only about £6 for a car for the day? Well worth it to access this gorgeous beach. It's a short walk from the car park, through the woods ...  more »
  • Went to Fornby with the dog. We used the board walk over the dunes. From the free car park. Nice walk but it was a very windy day. Not the beaches fault. Miles of sandy beach, but its narrow when the ...  more »
  • Visited here over half term, the weather was glorious and as expected, it was very busy at Formby Beach, but we did find two(!) places to pitch up for a few hours. We are National Trust members but de...  more »
  • So Formby Beach, we go back a long way. I first learnt how to poo in the sea here. I went back during the recent heatwave, purpose of the trip - to feed the saltwater fish. I got stuck in traffic on the way and ended up devouring the food intended for them (small Hovis best of both) on the way over. The fish went hungry but I didn't. So full of bread and with energy to burn I ran round the beach and with the tide out there were plenty of sand castles being built slash already built. Managed to kick and knock over 4 in the space of 30 seconds and got chased back to my car by an angry widow. Weather was great, parking was close to amenities, with large spaces. Would certainly recommend.
  • Don't no which part some of these posts were but it is a beautiful, very peaceful, unspoilt beach. £4:50 for car parking, café and toilets at the entrance to the forest walk, so take a picnic. So, so quiet and calming just what we all need just now
  • You have to pay £6 pound to park your car and when you get to the beach it's covered in hundreds of bricks and concrete rubble.. ..Fact is the National Trust are taking peoples hard earned money and carn't be bothered to clean the beach up... Everyone I spoke to were all asking the same question and that is... "Where is all the entrance money going because clearly it's NOT being used to clean up the hundreds of bricks and rubble scattered on the beach" ... Scandalous.
  • Beautiful woodland walks, Spain like beach and dunes, free parking just 2mins outside. 😁😁😁
  • No proper parking facilities, no shops restaurants, no toilet facilities, no proper signs, the walk to the beach via bushes appeared so spooky and unsafe. But once you reach the beach it is lovely

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