If it's a sunny day you can guarantee thousands of Lancastrians will set their sights on an afternoon at Formby Beach.

Only a short drive from the West Lancs border, it is a regular on the list of best beaches in the region and country.

But one recent visitor has expressed why she don't be returning to the location after a recent experience.

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The woman, from Southport, has spent many a day at the destination.

But what she believed would be a recent fun family day out left her feeling total disappointment, the Echo reports.

The visitor, who didn't want to be named, said: "There are barely any toilets, and there were used nappies in the bushes and on the sand.

"There was rubbish everywhere and a gang of youths sped past us on the bikes. Their language was disgusting.

"We'd read that it's hard to get a parking space so we got the train, but there were police there stopping gangs of kids which wasn't the nicest welcome.

"There was also nowhere near the beach to get a snack or a drink. It was not the relaxing day we'd hoped for."

The woman also says she ended up standing in dog mess that hadn't been cleaned up.

"It is really sad but I don't think I'll go back to Formby beach," she said.

Formby's beach is owned by National Trust. Their Formby operations manager Amy Peacock said: “We’re always keen to hear feedback from visitors and are disappointed to hear about this particular experience.

"We’ve welcomed an unprecedented number of visitors to National Trust Formby over the past year. We’re working closely with local partners including Sefton Council and Merseyside Police to create a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who loves to visit, whilst continuing our important work to protect Formby’s precious wildlife.

"We’ve increased the number of bins in the car parks and the frequency of emptying. We’ve also installed temporary toilet facilities at Lifeboat Road, taken on extra seasonal staff and put up new banners asking people to take their litter home and not to have fires and BBQs

"We’re encouraging visitors to show kindness and respect to nature and the people around them. Our social media is being updated regularly to highlight busy times and we’re sharing lots of useful information to encourage people to visit responsibly.

"We recommend planning ahead and checking our website before visiting. Together we can protect this special nature haven so that it’s here for everyone to enjoy, forever."

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