Dog owners


Run free on Formby beach © National Trust

Run free on Formby beach

Formby is one of the few places on the Sefton Coast without seasonal restrictions on dog access. With over 250 acres of woodland and a sandy beach that stretches for miles providing plenty of opportunity for canine sniffs, it is the perfect place to walk your dog whatever the time of year.


Parking at Formby © National Trust/Andrew Brockbank

Although we do have some shaded areas in our car park, please don’t leave your dog unattended in a car as even on cloudy or cooler days a dog can overheat quickly.


Stop for a drink in Formby © National Trust

Three self-filling water bowls are located by the toilets and in the parking areas. We have two woodland picnic areas where dogs are welcome to help you with your picnic.

Bag it and bin it!

Volunteer Gordon Roberts discovered the prehistoric footprints at Formby © Joe Cornish

Dog bags are available on request from the entrance kiosk. There is a total of 52 litter bins on site, all of which can be used to dispose of your dog bags. Please use them.

 © National Trust


The rangers know how beneficial it is to both you and your dog for them to be able to run free but we do expect them to be under control at all times when off the lead. If you forget your lead please ask at the Entrance Kiosk as we may have a spare to loan you.

Please don’t let your dog chase birds on the shore as many of them are migrant birds either at the end of or just beginning a long journey and are protected. For the welfare of the red squirrels and the enjoyment of all visitors we require that you keep your dog on a lead through the squirrel walk area. Please also be aware that we have a small flock of sheep for conservation grazing at certain times of the year and ask you to keep your dogs under close control near these fields.