THINKING of were you can enjoy a nice hot day out at the beach up north? Well, Formby beach should be considered.

This is what you need to know about the beach as you plan your visit.

Where is Formby beach?

Formby Beach is up north in Merseyside, Liverpool and makes up part of the Irish Sea.

On clear days after rain, one can even see the mountains of Cumbria.

Formby is popular for its sand dunes and this are highly protected by the Nature Trust.

So when you visit, just like you should do at every other place, make sure to pick up any litter behind you and care for the the new habitats that are being created to help save the wildlife around it.

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Do you have to pay to park at Formby beach?

To park in one of the available car parks you have to pay £7.50, unless you are a National Trust member – in that case you can park for free.

If you're paying by cash, the machines only accept coins, so make sure to have some loose change on you.

You can also pay by card by downloading the paybyphone app on your phone and following the instructions which you'll find on the side of the machines.

If there is staff available, you can also ask them to pay by card directly.

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There is a car park at Lifeboat Road – with postcode L37 2EB – which has 270 space and then another car park at Victoria Road – with postcode L37 1LJ – that holds 300 cars.

To make sure that you get a parking space, you need to go early because it gets really busy at Formby beach.

If you want to go there hassle free, without worrying about your car or having to park far away, you can easily catch the Northern Line and stop at Formby Station.

The station is only a 30 minute walk away, although if you want to walk less, especially on a hot summer day, you can catch bus F3 from there and stop at St Lukes Church Road.

Then you will only have a 15-minute walk left until you arrive at the beach.

Are there sharks at Formby beach?

There have not been many reports of any dangerous sharks around the Liverpool bay but other types of sharks have previously washed up on shore.

Smooth-hounds are a breed of sharks which are commonly found in the Irish Sea and that is why you shouldn't be surprised if you see one in Formby beach.

Lead ranger at National Trust Formby, Kate Martin, explained what people should do if the come across any species that show up on shore.

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She said: "From time to time, wildlife may wash up on our beaches. This is a natural part of life on the coast.

"If you're visiting a National Trust beach and you spot wildlife that has washed up on the show, we would ask that you avoid touching the animal, keep children and pets away from it, and get in touch with a member of our team so that we can assess the situation and remove the animal if necessary."

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