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Formby Beach

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Dog man wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I’ve walked the dogs at the beach there for over 20 years before and after work. Best place ever for a walk regardless of the weather and the dogs love it. Since the NT took over the general running of the place it’s gone down hill and appears to be just a money making scheme for them. All bins around the whole site have been removed. The public I gather are expected to carry all of their rubbish back to the carpark where ther is 1 biffa bin in each bay. Needless to say they get full very quickly in the summer by people who choose to use them. From what I’ve seen since the removal of the bins tho is that most people just leave their rubbish in situ. Especially those in the dunes. I’ve also noticed a massive increase in the amount of dog mess left about too since. I feel like I’m the only person cleaning up after My dog there now. I constantly see people just cover it over with sand. Great for the kids as they run bare foot thru the sand and play in it. Dare I say it but at least Sefton council used to have bins available and employ staff to scoot around on the buggy and empty them frequently. It left the place being spotless pretty much all the time and a joy to visit. Now in the hands of the National Trust we have No bins, lots of rubbish and loads of dog dirt. As an added extra they charge you to park 7 days a week! Sefton used to turn out on nicer days when they expected visitors in volume. They didn’t persecute the locals who just want to drive to the beach to walk the dogs every day. The National Trust tho have gone the Xtra mile tho as usual and now put barriers and height restrictions across the entrance and exit. And to add the icing on the cake, you can only access the site now if you turn up after the NT staff do which seems to vary. And if you turn up after 15:00 then they’ve closed up and gone home!! This is all especially useful for me as I have a van to transport the dogs in and therefore wouldn’t fit under the barrier anyway. Friends who exercise the horses on the beach won’t be able to get in either. In fact I was there recently after hours and there were several cars of idiots there, all inhaling gas canisters and drinking alcohol and being general nuisances. The police turned up for a random patrol as they always have done but as they were in a van, they couldn’t get in either. Much to the amusement of the idiots!! You couldn’t make it up if you tried. If you don’t laugh you’d cry!! So all in all, as a local and loyal visitor to the beach for over 20 years and a member of the National Trust, I physically am not allowed to visit anymore because I work before and after the hours the National Trust do and I have a van for the dogs. Going forward, I will Not bother renewing my NT membership and should I wish to walk where I always have done, I shall and I shall just park at the barriers like everyone else seems to do now if it’s passed 15:00. Basically if you are someone who drives a small vehicle and wishes to visit between whatever time the staff arrive and 15:00 and are willing to pay for the parking, then Congratulations first of all for fitting the criteria the Trust want in order for you to visit, but secondly you will now need to watch where you tread, avoid treading on mounds of sand and careful of broken glass in the sand too. One of my dogs has been victim to it twice now!! Sefton Council Please come back!!!!!!! National Trust, Shame on you. Your just there to run a car parking racket like you’d expect in city car parks of Manchester or Liverpool.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Simon C wrote a review Nov 2020
Birkenhead, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited the dune at formby and freshfields for thirty years now. Decided to park at the reserve, told the dune car park would be closed at 3 and the woodland c/Park would be open till later. So I paid 7.50 and obviously had to use the dune car park. So 7.50 for 1.5 hrs. Never again
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Date of experience: November 2020
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lolapops7 wrote a review Nov 2020
Barnoldswick, United Kingdom283 contributions127 helpful votes
Visited here on a wet, windy day in lock down. The weather was horrendous but we still had a lovely walk round the woodland and sand dunes. We were extremely lucky and spotted a red squirrel! The tide was very high so we didn't go onto the beach but it looked nice being battered by the sea. I was disappointed to see those small metal canisters the kids are inhaling nowadays littered across the dunes. I guess this echos what people have said about the chavs visiting the area. Such a shame. Thankfully due to the weather, it was chav free. I can imagine it would be a haven for these reprobates in the nice weather. My only gripe was the the £7.50 parking charge when we were only there just over an hour. We had also driven over an hour to get here and needed the loo, only to find the toilets were closed! Even the disabled one! We asked the parking attendant who said it was due to Covid but in this lock down we've been to two other National Trust parks and didn't have this problem. This was the reason we cut our visit short so begrudged paying extortionate parking charges when our time was shorter than planned when the group needed to go to the loo!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Liam wrote a review Oct 2020
Northwich, United Kingdom39 contributions12 helpful votes
I had a beautiful day with family and friends at Formby beach lovely wooded area and fantastic sand dunes.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Damian E wrote a review Oct 2020
Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom200 contributions66 helpful votes
I visited here with my wife, 2 teenage children and our dog. We parked up and had a walk through the woods. Unfortunately we never saw any squirrels but it was still a nice walk through the woods and down to the beach. The dunes are quite steep so I'd avoid them if you have mobility issues. Our dog had the time of his life! He ran all over the dunes and swam in the channels of water left by the tide going out. The teenagers were full of sand and they brought half of the beach home with them in their wellies. It was a really nice walk and we would definitely go back. It was busy but there's plenty of room to social distance and everyone was mindful of space. The ice cream vans are expensive but you expect that!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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