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Red Squirrel Trail and Asparagus Circular Walk

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National Trust Nature Reserve at Formby

Red Squirrel Trail and Asparagus Circular Walk is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Southport, Merseyside, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 124 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




A circular walk around the National Trust's Nature Reserve at Formby. There is plenty to 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 until 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.

4 months ago

Nice trail with lots of options to wander further afield.

9 months ago

Easy walk and plenty of detours available. We saw one Red Squirrel but there were lots of people out with pets too, so you can imagine they'd all be hiding away. Nice woodland and open expanses of sand dunes.

Tue Nov 15 2016

A pleasant, easy walk, although the slopes might be difficult for those with limited walking abilities. It was lovely to see the red squirrels.