View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Ainsdale and Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve SSSI Dog friendly RNLI cover Mar. 25-28, Apr. 30 - Sep. 4, Beach cleaned regularly Blue Flag Award

Season: autumn

Situated between Formby and Southport, Ainsdale beach is the only North West England beach with a Blue Flag award for the high quality of its bathing water.  The beach is regularly cleaned and there is extensive lifeguard cover.  It is popular for family visits and there is a dog exclusion zone, with pets allowed elsewhere on the beach.  The Ainsdale and Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve sits behind the dunes and this is a breeding ground for the Natterjack Toad.  With watersports also high on the agenda, there’s plenty for everyone at Ainsdale beach.

Autumn visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Stephen and Lynne.


A view from the dunes behind the beach.

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