Is this Britain’s most exhilarating coastal landscape?


If you arrive at Formby by train, you may wonder if you are in the right place. But while the local station, Freshfield, feels urban, a mile or so due west lies one of the country’s most exhilarating coastal landscapes.

Formby is a spectacular expanse of beach, sand dunes and pines on the edge of a metropolis. Many National Trust coasts are remote, but Formby, forming part of Liverpool Bay, is an easy day out from Liverpool. It is important for waders and provides a woodland home for the red squirrel. The well-drained, sandy soil is ideal for asparagus growing and the Trust has a tenant farmer who continues to cultivate it (see points nine and 10 of this walk).

Barn owls and tawny owls thrive…

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