8. Formby, Liverpool
Once you reach Formby by train, the urban nature of the place is enough to give you pause and make you wonder whether you arrived at the right place. But, just a mile or so west to the station lies some of the most exhilarating dune landscapes you will find in any coast across the country. Formby is a part of the Liverpool bay and is home to the red squirrel and waders. The sandy soil is perfect for growing asparagus and it even has a tenant farmer who cultivates it.