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Travelling around Formby

Travelling around Formby

Are you thinking about visiting Formby? Perhaps you already live in this great town but need to get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol? At Arriva we know travel and we know Formby, so take a few moments and read through our carefully created guide to attractions and travelling in this great town.


Formby Beach is the location of the first lifeboat station in the UK. Established as early as 1776 by William Hutchinson, Dock Master for the Liverpool Common Council. It was the first lifeboat station in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world.

Formby is home to RAF Woodvale, a small RAF station on the outskirts of the town. The airfield opened in 1941 and is an ex World War II fighter station with three active runways.

To the west of the town lie pinewoods and sand dunes The whole of the coastline here is managed as a Special Area of Conservation for its important wildlife. The pine woods at Victoria Road have been established as a National Trust reserve for the red squirrel, listed on the endangered species list.