Beaches in Southport, Merseyside

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The beach guide has 15 beaches listed in and around the town of Southport. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Southport Beach (1 miles)

    Southport © Jeff Buck | BY-SA

    Although many would say Southport's heyday was in the Victorian era this traditional seaside resort is still one of the most popular in the UK. Much of this has been due to the array of annual events held here which pull in big crowds. However, it is still the town's vast swathe of sandy beach…

  • Ainsdale Beach (4.1 miles)

    Ainsdale © Humphrey Bolton | BY-SA

    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…

  • Lytham St Annes Beach (7.2 miles)

    Lytham St Annes © Michael_d_beckwith

    Located between the mud flats of the Ribble Estuary and the bright lights of Blackpool is the pleasant, if not a little posh, seaside town of Lytham. Despite being less than 5 miles down the coast from Blackpool, Lytham St Annes feels like a world apart. What the two towns do share in common is…

  • St. Annes - North Beach (8.6 miles)

    St. Annes - North © K A | BY-SA

    This sandy beach, backed by dunes is located on the Fylde coastline, between Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.  At low tide up to 300 metres of clean, golden sand is exposed, perfect for building sandcastles and playing beach games.  

    The North Beach is used by dog walkers, kite flyers and families.  In summer the dunes behind…

  • Victoria Road Beach (7.3 miles)

    Victoria Road © Raymond Knapman | BY-SA

    The lovely, rural beach at Victoria Road forms part of the vast expanse of sand which makes up Formby Beach. This wide, flat beach is backed by a large area of protected dunes and wooded much of which is a National Trust Reserve. This means the pay-for parking at the Victoria Road end of the…

  • Hightown Beach (9.3 miles)

    Hightown © Sue Adair | BY-SA

    The small town of Hightown lies on the Formby coastline between Liverpool and Southport. The undeveloped area of sand and shingle beach, backed by an extensive system of dunes, between Blundellsands and the River Alt estuary is used by ramblers and dog walkers. There are no dog restrictions and the Sefton Coastal Path passes the…

  • Blackpool South Beach (10.3 miles)

    Blackpool South © Nigel Mykura | BY-SA

    If you're looking for plenty of action, at a traditional seaside resort, then Blackpool is quite possibly the best beach destination in the country. The town boasts three piers and at the end of the "Golden Mile" lies the famous South Pier. This pier is jam packed with all the amusements and rides that you…

  • Formby Beach (8.4 miles)

    Formby © Cat_collector | BY-SA

    Formby beach is a spacious stretch of beach backed by extensive sand dunes giving it a much more rural feel than its neighbours. Beyond the dunes are sweeping coastal pinewoods which are home to the red squirrels.

    Considering its position between Liverpool and Southport Formby beach surprisingly manages to retain much of its wild feel. Hopefully…

  • Formby - Lifeboat Road Beach (8.4 miles)

    Formby - Lifeboat Road © Gary Rogers | BY-SA

    Visitors to Formby Beach will be rewarded with a vast expanse of clean golden sand, backed by extensive grassy dunes and wooded areas.  This is a popular destination which is easily accessed from Liverpool.

    The flat sand is suitable for playing beach games, building sandcastles and sunbathing. Walkers will find plenty of footpaths in the dunes…

  • Blackpool Beach (10.9 miles)

    Blackpool Beach © Snaphappyuk

    Blackpool is, for better or worse, possibly the best known seaside resort in the UK. The beach and seafront here have been a major draw for a hundred years and whilst the Blackpool's fortunes may have ebbed and waned the town's character essentially remains the same.

    Boasting seven miles of sand Blackpool seafront is home to…

  • Blundellsands Beach (11.6 miles)

    Blundellsands © John Darch | BY-SA

    This wide open expanse of beach is located just north of Crosby, one of Mersyside's most affluent areas. Blundellsands beach is backed partly by a promenade and then dunes to the north.

    What Blundellsands is probably best known for though are the life-size cast iron sculptures of several men set just beyond the tide line.…

  • Mariners Road. Crosby Beach (12 miles)

    Mariners Road. Crosby © Humphrey Bolton | BY-SA

    Parking is available at the UFO-like Crosby Leisure Centre, from which a path leads over the dunes to the southerly end of Crosby Beach. From here, a short walk up towards the River Alt estuary brings the visitor to a series of iron-cast male figures each staring out to sea.

    This is the "Another Place"…

  • Crosby (Hall Road West) Beach (11.7 miles)

    Crosby (Hall Road West) © Timhill

    This wide, sandy beach, backed by low dunes is popular with walkers, bird watchers and art lovers.

    Possibly the most striking feature here is the "Another Place" art installation by renowned artist Antony Gormley (best known for his Angel of the North).  100 life-sized cast iron figures, all staring out to sea were built…

  • Blackpool North Beach (11.8 miles)

    Blackpool North © John M Wheatley | BY-SA

    Whatever your preferences, the north pier and north beach has a wealth of attractions to enjoy. First of all there is the beach itself where you will find clear sands and rolling waves. Popular activities on the beach include hiring a deckchair to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun(!) or simply laying a towel…

  • Bispham Beach (14.1 miles)

    Bispham © Steve Daniels | BY-SA

    If you're in the Blackpool area and fancy a walk along the promenade away from all the holiday crowds, then Bispham might be a good choice. Set between Blackpool North Shore and Cleveleys, Bispham has extensive man-made sea defences, known locally as "The Cliffs" and views along the coast and out towards the Irish Sea.…

Southport beaches map

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