We usually head to Yorkshire’s east coast when planning a day trip to the seaside. Fraisthorpe, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay all being favourites. I think sometimes it’s all too easy to go back to the same old places over and over again and actually, there is nothing wrong with that but this summer I’ve been making a real effort to find some new days out as well as enjoying our old favourites. My lovely chum Wendy over at Daisies & Pie always posts the most amazing photos of her trips to Formby and I’ve been dying to go there and see it for myself so off we went at the weekend. It only took us a couple of hours to get there (so no more than our usual jaunts to the east coast) and it was well worth the journey. I was honestly blown away by just how beautiful it was.
Formby Point is managed by the National Trust so entry is free for members but if you’re not, there is just a small fee of something like £5 per car. There are no real facilities there apart from toilets and an ice cream van (the essentials as I’m sure you will agree!) so you do need to be prepared and take a picnic with you if you are there for the day. And trust me, you will want to spend the whole day there. I didn’t want to ever leave!
There are pine woodlands to explore with a red squirrel trail. I wasn’t quick enough to catch a photograph of the red squirrels I was too busy just watching them but it was so lovely to see them scampering around. Such beautiful little creatures! It was a little grey when we first arrived so it was handy to hide from the drizzle in the woods. Well, as much as we could! The rain clouds had thankfully passed by the time we had a good walk around the woods though then we headed to the beach.
There are miles of coastline paths to follow but we headed towards the sand dunes and followed the dune paths. I have honestly never seen sand dunes like them they were incredible! My fearless children had the best time climbing up them then sliding down (while I watched on trying not to have a heart attack) I don’t know who enjoyed it more, my seventeen year old or my seven year old! Then we walked for ages along the beach stopping to look for treasure including a couple of dead crabs (nice!) and the skeleton of a wading bird (please tell me that my children aren’t the only ones to be obsessed with dead things?)
I always find it so calming to be beside the sea. I love it when you can’t hear anything over the sound of the waves and there is something so comforting about those big big skies that you only get at the seaside. We all had such a great day. It’s so lovely to find such a beautiful unspoilt place and my photos don’t begin to do it justice. We will definitely be back and before too long I hope, we all loved it that much! I didn’t actually realise how close we were to Crosby either so next time we will try to visit Antony Gormley’s iron men at Another Place too – that’s another place on my list of places yet to visit!