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Beaches to explore in North West England

When it comes to the seaside, does anyone do it better than us Brits?

The funfairs, the candy floss, the freshly cooked doughnuts, the paper-wrapped chips with a wooden fork, the endless kites soaring the skies above and sand castles being built by all ages. The list goes on!

With this in mind, we wanted to show you a few beaches worth exploring this year, located in the North West of England, for when you next visit one of the many holiday parks up north.

So, grab your bucket and spade and follow us as we show you a few beaches to add to your ‘must-visit’ list.

Blackpool Beach

Could we really write an article about North West England beaches and not start with the iconic Blackpool beach?

Both the beach and seafront has been a popular place to holiday for over a hundred years, with visitors wanting a glimpse of the iconic Blackpool Tower and the long stretch of beach – seven miles of beach to be exact!

Not only is Blackpool famous for its beach and tower, but its Blackpool Illuminations too!

Beach type: Sandy

Lifeguard: Yes

Dog friendly: Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September between the North Pier and the Mirror Ball. All dogs must be kept on the lead on the promenade between the North Pier and the South Pier too

Postcode: FY1 6BL

OS grid reference: SD 3049 3452

Formby Beach

A spacious stretch of beach that’s backed by sand dunes, Formby Beach is one place you need to see for your own eyes to witness the hidden beauty of the North West. Beyond the sand dunes, you’ll discover a coastal pinewood area, home to red squirrels.

Despite being located between busy towns, Formby Beach is found to have a wild, rural and free feel to it – perfect for all those seeking some relaxation and time out.

Something to look out for when you visit is the prehistoric mud layers that can sometimes be revealed at low tide. If you look close enough, they may reveal human and animal footprints that date back to 3,500 to 7,000 years ago!

Beach type: Sandy

Lifeguard: Yes

Dog friendly: There’s a dog exercise area

Postcode: L37 2EJ

OS grid reference: SD 2701 0633

Crosby Beach (Hall Road West)

Mostly known these days for the Antony Gormley art installation, ‘Another Place’, where 100 life-sized cast iron figures are dotted along the beach, Crosby Beach has so much to offer when you visit.

The views along the beach are just one of the things to spot here. Other activities include bird watching and walking along the coastal path just off the beach.

It’s good to note here, that this beach isn’t suitable for those looking for a swimming location, as this is one of the UK’s fastest-moving tides. There are also areas of quicksand, so please stay vigilant and remain within 50 meters of the promenade. 

Beach type: Sandy

Lifeguard: No

Dog friendly: Yes – no restrictions

Postcode: L23 6XW

OS grid reference: SJ 3038 9926

Will you be exploring one of these beaches on your next visit to the North West of England?

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