Victoria Road Beach (Formby)
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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 beach is free to National Trust members.
Close to the car park is Formby Pinewoods; one of the few places in England where endangered red squirrel can still be found. The dunes are also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and are home to some rare species of flora and fauna. Of particular interest are the natterjack toads - listen out for their distinctive call around dusk.
An area close to the beach was historically used for growing asparagus and today the National Trust lease out an area here for asparagus cultivation.
The beach has views over the Mersey Estuary. On clear days it might be possible to see some of the Lake District Fells from the top of the dunes, and even, possibly, Blackpool Tower.
This area of the coast suffers from significant coastal erosion. In recent years, the erosion has occasionally revealed pre-historic human and animal footprints, preserved in clay, visible as the tide recedes. These footprints are thought to be between 5,000 and 7,000 years old.
There are signs on the beach warning of hazards. Visitors need to observe the warning notices and safety flags.
Dogs need to be kept under control at all times and owners must clean up after their dogs.