The Beach Guide

Ainsdale Beach

Ainsdale Beach - Merseyside

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Located between Southport and Formby, Ainsdale beach forms a part of this long wide sandy stretch. Generally regarded as the best beach in the area Ainsdale is the only beach in the North West of England to have ever been awarded a Blue Flag. These days the beach holds a Quality Coast Award which ensures clean water and plenty of facilities.

Ainsdale Beach is a bit of a haven for extreme kite-based activities. The beach itself has zones set aside for kite buggy and landboard use whilst kitesurfing takes place in the sea.

The beach here is backed by the same sand dunes that run along this section of the Sefton coast. Together they form one of the largest areas of wild dune land left in Britain. The Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve covers 988 hectares of open dunes and beach and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna

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Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on much of the beach but there is a dog free zone for 200m either side of the beach entrance at Shore Road.

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    PR8 2QB

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    SD 2974 1298

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