When I saw that Chill insurance are due to release an ebook all about hidden gems you can drive to in Ireland, a follow up to their ebook released previously about beautiful drives, it got me thinking about our own hidden gems.
Living in Lancashire, we are very lucky that there are so many places to visit in the area. Just a short drive to the coast, an hour up to the Lakes, surrounded by countryside and picturesque parks, we are hugely fortunate to live in such a beautiful corner of the world. When it comes to our favourite hidden gem, it is undoubtedly, Formby Point
Formby Point is conserved by the National Trust and is home to various rare wildlife, prehistoric footprints, miles of coastal walks and breath taking scenery.
For us as a family, it’s a place we often visit throughout the year, enjoying the different seasons, the ever changing coastline, and a place where we have shared so many lovely memories together playing hide and seek……..
Hunting for dragons……
And bringing the children’s dreams to life….
Although the location is hugely popular with tourists, especially over the warmer months, it never feels particularly crowded. And once you’re deep in the woods it’s very easy to feel like the only people out there.
There are some lovely walks around the woods, through the asparagus fields, the red squirrel circuit, and plenty of opportunities to put on your wellies and explore off path.
The children’s favourite thing about Formby Point is by far the sand dunes and the beautiful beaches. We have spent countless days there, jumping up and down the sand banks, sliding down the dunes, digging for treasure and watching the sun set in the distance.
Some of my favourite memories with the children have been made on Formby beach, enjoying a picnic, a game of football, eating ice creams, paddling in the sea and collecting shells. We have never known a day out there when the children haven’t fallen asleep before we’ve even left the car park, that’s a sure sign of a good day out!!
Whether you want to walk, run or ride your bike there’s something for everyone at Formby, the perfect place to get outdoors and active, something which is so important to us as a family.
There are so many hidden gems in our part of the world, but this one, is mine.