The north west is known for its hills and forests, its rivers and streams, but what lots of people forget is that the region is a coastal region and with that comes the sea and the sand dunes.
A lot of the coast is flat, inaccessible and quite dangerous - the fast moving tides and quicksand make parts of the north west coast a very tricky place indeed - certainly not one for the inexperienced adventurer.
However, there are also some great stretches of coast and one of these lies over in Formby towards Liverpool, where the sand rises up and forms large dunes before opening up onto the Irish Sea.
The dunes are quite impressive and provide narrow pathways down to the shore.
The beach itself is very open and exposed and and due its geographical position, it seems to be a perfect location for energy production via the huge wind turbines that are located off shore.
That same wind whips along the beach and up and over the dunes and it helps to create some amazing tree sculptures, you can clearly see which direction the wind tends to come from, there is no mistaking that!
Just behind all the dunes there is a small area of quite dense forest, tucked in behind the sand it does offer quite good protection from the wind that batters the shore.
The outer edges of this forest provide the trees that get the most hammer from the wind and as a result they tend to be the ones that are most sculpted into the wild shapes below.
As you move further inland and through the forest, the world opens up again into a wide and flat expanse of land, and most of this is covered in moss and very low lying plants.
Paths criss cross this space as routes into the forest and towards the shore have been created over the years.
Formby beach is a pretty popular place all through the year, summer brings the crowds for the beach life, and the winter brings the walkers and people who just like to have the wind in their face.
Did I mention the wind?
The Dunes have been created due to this wind and they still help form the surroundings, whether on land or out at sea.