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|Formby Red Squirrel Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 27 Nov 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular walk around the National Trust’s Nature Reserve at Formby. There is plenty on offer here including dramatic sand dunes, sweeping coastal pines and mixed woodland plus a rare and healthy population of the native red squirrel. Early mornings in spring and autumn are the best times to see the squirrels. |
The route follows stone and mud paths through the woodland and dunes and, whilst generally firm, they can get a little muddy in winter and after rain. There are a few slopes throughout. There are no stiles or gates on route. The reserve is open every day (except Christmas Day) from dawn ‘til dusk, but can be extremely busy at peak times so it is better to visit early in the day, on weekdays or in the winter months if you can. Dogs are welcome throughout the reserve, but must be kept under control and need to be on a lead through the red squirrel reserve (the last half mile of the walk). There are public toilets in the car park at the start, plus several picnic areas along the way. Allow 1 hour.
Formby is located on the west coast, between Liverpool and Southport. The walk starts and finishes from the Formby Nature Reserve. The car park is located at the end of Victoria Avenue, and is marked with brown signs. Approximate post code L37 1LJ. The fee for parking is £5 per car (correct November 2013) or free to National Trust members – the fee covers entrance to the whole reserve and is used to support the squirrel conservation work.
|Start to Wooden Chimes|
Start point: 53.5655 lat, -3.0888 long
From the long narrow parking area make your way back towards the vehicle entrance and, just before this, you’ll see a large notice board on the right and the toilets on the left. Turn left down the fenced path (signed as ‘Path to Beach and Cornerstone Walk’) which is immediately to the left of the toilets. Follow the main fenced path winding down into the woodland.
|Wooden Chimes to Sand Dunes|
Start point: 53.5675 lat, -3.0915 long
Turn left, signed to the Beach. Pass by the first two white/purple markers and then, just before the third marker, turn left (leaving the waymarked path) onto a wide path heading through the woodland. The path passes through a small picnic area and then climbs steadily back to the main access road.
|Sand Dunes to Blundell Avenue|
Start point: 53.5647 lat, -3.0957 long
After the bollards, bear right and pass a bench and bin on the right to reach a T-junction. Turn left here signed for Lifeboat Road. Follow the sandy path with the sand dunes to the right, held back with wooden retaining boards. You will be able to hear the sea beyond the sand dunes to the right.
|Blundell Avenue to Grass Clearing|
Start point: 53.5595 lat, -3.0939 long
Turn left along the road, taking care of any occasional traffic. Continue past Sandfield Farm on the left and round the gentle right-hand bend. Follow the road over the brow of the hill ahead. About 30 yards later, just before a litter bin on the left, turn left onto a path into the woods.
|Grass Clearing to End|
Start point: 53.5624 lat, -3.0882 long
Cross straight over the clearing and take the path opposite, climbing fairly steeply between wooden panels retaining the tree roots each side. (Note: From this point you are heading into the heart of the red squirrel reserve so please put dogs on leads).
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A pleasant, easy walk, although the slopes might be difficult for those with limited walking abilities. It was lovely to see the red squirrels.
|By mariafrances on 2016-11-15 17:00:38|
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