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Formby red squirrel walk


​Explore beautiful woodlands surrounding Formby in Merseyside, home to the rare native red squirrel.


Map route for Formby red squirrel walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


The main notice board opposite the toilets at National Trust Formby, grid ref: SD280082


Cross the road and take the path (marked Cornerstone path) to the left of the toilets, heading down a ramp into the woodland. Continue to follow this clear, broad path with its white and purple marker posts through the woodland until you meet another path at a T-junction with a set of large wooden chimes on your left hand side.

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Turn left at the T-junction and follow Cornerstone path for a short distance before the path forks. Here leave Cornerstone path and take the left-hand fork, following the path as it bends into a picnic area. Continue through the picnic area and up a ramp back to the road.


Cross the road into another picnic area and take the right of two paths heading down a ramp into the woodland. Continue through the woods until the path reaches a fork near a bench set back into the woodland ahead.


Take the path on the left which will lead you out of the woodland into an area of open dune grassland. Follow the path as it turns right, passing a bench, to a T-junction. At this junction turn left and follow the path with the sand dunes on your right and the fields on your left.

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Continue to follow this well-defined path as it enters an area with open woodland on your right and an enclosed pine plantation on your left.

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At the end of the enclosed pine plantation the path forks. Take the right fork to continue through the pine woodlands with an agricultural field on your left. Follow the path as it leaves the woodland and curves to the left. At a junction where the Sefton Coastal Path breaks off to the right, keep straight ahead and after a short distance you will reach a road.

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Formby asparagus spears
The asparagus spears at Formby - at the core of our landscape National Trust / Andrew Brockbank


At the road turn left and continue for approximately ¼ mile (400m) until you can see a litter bin just into the woodland on the left-hand side. Turn left into the woodland on the path just before the bin and follow this path along and down into a dip. In the dip the path forks, take the left fork up a short steep slope before following the path as it descends into an open grassy area.


Cross straight across the open area and ascend a short steep slope on a stone path back into the woodland. Continue along this path until you reach a crossroads with a bench on your right. Turn left to go down a slope on a wide path that after a short distance becomes a boardwalk.

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A red squirrel at Formby, Liverpool, sitting by a trunk in the woodland eating a nut
Will you see one at Formby? National Trust Images / Joe Cornish


Follow this boardwalk as it curves round to the right. At the end of the boardwalk there is a path T-junction. Turn right to follow a broad fenced path up a slope. After a short distance there is a fenced path off to the left, take this path to return to the walk start.


The main notice board opposite the toilets at National Trust Formby, grid ref: SD280082

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Formby red squirrel walk


Easily marked paths with a few short steep slopes. Paths are a mixture of stone and compacted earth with small sections of exposed sand and boardwalk. There is also a section of road walking on a quiet private road.

Dogs are welcome throughout the property but we ask that they are kept on a lead whilst on this trail to prevent disturbance to the red squirrels. Please ensure dog waste is picked up and removed. Please do not allow dogs to chase wildlife, particularly not wading birds on the beach.

Map: Explorer 285 Southport and Chorley (Not all paths are marked on OS map).

Formby red squirrel walk

Contact us

Formby red squirrel walk

How to get here

National Trust Formby, Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby, Liverpool, L37 1LJ
By train

Freshfield Station, on Merseyrail Northern Line, 1 mile (1.6 km) walk to National Trust Formby.

By road

2 miles (3.2km) off A565. Follow brown tourist signs from roundabout at the north end of Formby bypass (by BP garage). Park at the National Trust car park at Victoria Road, Formby - car park charges apply for non National Trust members. Sat Nav: use postcode L37 1LJ.

By foot

Sefton Coastal Path passes through National Trust Formby.

By bicycle

National Trust Formby 3 miles (4.8km) from National Cycle Network 62.

Formby red squirrel walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets are available during opening hours
  • Please keep dogs on leads