Formby easy woodland stroll

Walking trail

This walk winds through broadleaf and pine woodlands before finishing at our sand dunes.

Sunlight beams through the trees at Formby


Route map for Formby easy woodland stroll


Beach car park at National Trust, Victoria Road, Formby, grid ref: SD274082


Facing the sand dunes, take the wide path on the left approximately halfway along the length of the car park. This path can be identified by the blue bridle-path sign at its entrance. After a few metres the path forks. Take the left fork along a broad path down through a small section of woodland.


As the path emerges from the woodland take the first path on your left which leads away from the sand dunes, past a bench, and curves left past some wooden bollards into some mature broadleaf woodland.


Follow this clear, compacted path through the woodland and after approximately ¼ mile there is a wide fork in the path. Take the right fork, continuing on the level past an enclosed picnic area on your right. (Please note that dogs are not permitted within the enclosed picnic area.) Continue straight on this path as it narrows with a pine plantation on your right and a steep bank on your left.


Continue on until you reach a path junction on a fenced trail. At this point take the boardwalk path on the right and follow this boardwalk as it bends round to the left and up a slope.

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At the end of the boardwalk continue to the top of the slope, where you'll meet a crossroads of paths. Take the fenced path on your left. Follow this as it bends round sharply to the left. A short distance after this bend there are two fenced paths to your right, take the first of these paths and it will bring you out on to a roadside opposite the public toilets.


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 this junction and continue to follow the waymarked Cornerstone path. At a fork, take the right path and continue along this wide stone path as it meanders through the mixed woodland and out into an open area. Continue along this path until it reaches an access track at the base of the sand dunes. Turn left along this track and follow it back to the beach car park.

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Beach car park at National Trust, Victoria Road, Formby, grid ref: SD274082

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Formby easy woodland stroll


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.

Dogs are welcome throughout the property but we ask that they are kept under close control at all times and that any dog waste is picked up and removed. We ask dogs are kept on a lead on Squirrel Walk to prevent disturbance to the red squirrels. Please do not allow dogs to chase wildlife, particularly not wading birds on the beach.

Formby easy woodland stroll

Contact us

Call us on 01704 878591 or email us.

Formby easy woodland stroll

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 NCN62

Formby easy woodland stroll

Facilities and access

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