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Lifeboat Road boardwalk remains closed for essential repairs for a few weeks

Lifeboat Road boardwalk remains closed for essential repairs for a few weeks.

National Trust Formby:

We’re sorry to say that the boardwalk remains closed for essential repairs and is unlikely to be safe to re-open for several weeks. We know how important this route to the beach is and are prioritising this work.

The rangers have dismantled the damaged fence and as expected the sand has collapsed on to the boardwalk. We need the sand sides to settle before we can put up a new fence. Unfortunately many of the timber posts have rotted and will need replacing.

As a precious and protected site we have to work slowly and carefully. In this area we need to make sure we’re minimising damage to the natural marram grass structure.

With the help of fantastic volunteers we’re regularly removing the collapsed sand and hope it will settle enough soon for us to install a new fence.

The shifting sands at Formby are part of what makes this place so special as mobile dunes create the habitats for rare species including natterjack toads and sand lizards. But moving sand also means that any fixed structures like signs and boardwalks don’t last for long.

Thank you for your support and understanding whilst we catch up on essential repairs and maintenance.


With some sunny weather forecast over the weekend we're expecting to be busy. You may decide you'll enjoy your visit more on a quieter day. We're open 7 days a week all year round.

Here’s some useful information;

⚠️The boardwalk at Lifeboat Road is closed for essential repairs. The team are working hard to fix it.

🚐 To pay for parking at Lifeboat Road please pop over and see the team in the National Trust van as the machines have been damaged.

🅿️ Due to activities taking place at Lifeboat Road there will be less parking spaces than usual alternative parking can be found at Victoria Road.

🌊High tides of 8-9 metres are expected early afternoon leaving little or no beach for a few hours either side. Check tide times here 👉

🚂 Sit back, relax and travel to visit by train. Plan your journey on the Merseyrail website 👉

🚮 Don’t forget to bring a bag to take your litter home with you and recycle what you can.

Thank you for your understanding whilst we catch up on essential maintenance and for showing kindness to nature and people when you visit Formby’s nature haven.

For more useful information and top tips to help you plan your visit click here


Alternative accessible routes to the #SeftonCoast can be found at both Ainsdale and Southport find out more from our friends at Sefton Council here

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