Formby, Merseyside

Merseyside is a densely populated coastal county, lots of people, spirit, humour, lots to see - from land and air.

Formby is a small coastal town located north of the main Merseyside urban conurbation. It is on the west-coast of England, by the side of the Irish Sea. Formby has a long sandy beach that extends from its southern point (called "Formby Point"), past the Royal Birkdale Golf Course, and along the coast as far as Southport Pleasure Beach. Ever-shifting sandhills and a small wood of mainly pine trees seperate Formby beach from the arable land beyond it. This beautiful area is managed by the National Trust who maintain a car park and basic visitor facilities. The area is popular with families and nature-lovers visiting to watch red squirrels in the woods.

Formby is served by the A565 coast road between Liverpool and Southport. It also has two railway stations on the Merseyrail line between Liverpool Central (Railway Station) and Southport. The stations in Formby are "Formby" and "Freshfield". Trains are usually every 15 minutes during the daytime.

Other places of interest within a few miles of Formby include Woodvale (where there is an airfield), Ainsdale, Halsall, Barton, Haskayne, Great Altcar, Ince Blundell, Hightown, and Little Altcar. There are camping, caravanning, and golf facilities in this area.

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