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The historic navigational marker at Formby Point is being restored


In the sand dunes of Formby Beach stands a tall wooden structure that reaches at least 10m in height. At the top of the wooden structure is a large wooden triangle. It is known by many names but mainly as the Formby Point Navigation Marker.

The photo above was taken by James @recollic


The marker is very old and has suffered damage. We are happy to say that the navigation marker at Formby Point is now being restored. The structure was cordoned off for a while and looked rusty and unsafe.


On 10th July 2018, the triangle top was removed and dismantled for safety reasons. A new triangle will be made as this one is corroded. The actual marker itself will be restored in a later phase of work.


The marker is actually a 'Guiding Beacon'. A historical navigation aid for ships approaching the docks at Liverpool - now largely redundant, also known as a ‘Day Marker’ – which mark the edge of a channel on your starboard (right) side when approaching from the open sea. Quite often they are numbered and the numbers usually increase consecutively as you approach.

Formby Point Marker - without the triangle - Brilliant Photo by Stephen Robertshaw

This brilliant photo of the Wooden Navigation Marker on Formby Beach was taken by

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