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Formby (NT)

RegionNorth West
ClubDeeside Orienteering Club
Nearest townFormby, Merseyside
PostcodeL37 1LJ
Carpark locationFollow the Brown National Trust signs for Formby Point from the junction of the Formby by-pass (A565) and the B5424 all the way to the car park.

The permanent orienteering courses visit sand dune pinewoods inhabited by red squirrels and forested and open areas of sand dunes close to the coast.
There are three courses:

Course Controls Length (km) Suitable for
Short 6 1.0 Child beginner accompanied by an adult, child with some experience
Medium 10 2.3 Adult beginner, confident junior
Long 10 2.8 Adult with some experience, confident junior
(some controls too hard for beginners)

The short course follows paths, the medium course follows some paths and the long course goes off paths into the forested areas of dunes. There is little undergrowth so the courses are easy going underfoot. Trainers or sturdy shoes are suitable footwear.

Orienteering kits and map & compass kits are available for groups. More information is available at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/features/education-and-group-visits or call 01704 878 591.

Other Things to do in the Area

You can enjoy:

  • Pinewood walks with red squirrels and self-guided trails including the Formby Asparagus Trail and the Formby Cycle Trail
  • Guided walks (check What's On)
  • Circular and longer walks linked to the Sefton Coastal Path
  • Beach walks with sea views over Liverpool Bay to North Wales

Ice cream, soft drinks, coffee and confectionery are available from mobile vans. A safe barbeque area is available at the family picnic site.



Maps Available From

Visitor trailer and/or entrance kiosk at National Trust Formby, Victoria Road. Map packs are £2 each.
Car parking is free for National Trust members (on the production of a valid membership card). There is a car parking charge for non-members, details here.
The car park is open every day (except 25 December) at 9am. Closing times vary from 4pm to 5:15pm depending on the time of year. Check before you go at Formby opening times.
Note: Dogs on a lead on the Squirrel Walk and under close control elsewhere (due to vulnerable wildlife).


Further Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience