Regular readers will know I've written a lot about Liverpool on my blog but there's so much more to the city than just the Albert Dock.
About 30 minutes drive from the city centre, you'll find the beautiful Formby pine forest, a National Trust reserve complete with sandy beaches overlooking the Irish sea. It's located on Victoria Road, home to some of Liverpool FC's footballers, and also the rare red squirrel!
The main reserve is made up of several different walking routes which you can follow to discover red squirrels, natterjacks, fresh asparagus growing or you can head down to the beach for a walk on the sand.
Sadly, we weren't lucky enough to see any squirrels on our visit so I had to settle for this one on the sign but I am reassured that the squirrel population in Formby is thriving!
There's plenty of areas within the main reserve itself to pitch up and have a picnic but there's also a brilliant pub around the corner, the Freshfield, which serves brilliant food.
We shared the pulled slider board made up of two hickory smoked beef brisket sliders& two mini BBQ pulled pork served with chips (£10.45) which were incredible!
I'm such a massive burger fan but can never decide which to go for on the menu so having a little bit of both works perfectly for me!
We also ordered a portion of whitby scampi which came with chunky chips and some delicious minty mushy peas (£6.95). andddd because we're greedy we also ordered some incredible loaded nachos piled up with pulled pork, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and for a fruity twist, pomegranate seeds (£7.45)
There's plenty of National Trust sites across the country, you'll probably have a hidden gem like Formby right on your step so make sure you check out the website and if you're ever in Liverpool way - it really is worth the 30 minute drive!
Massam's Ln, Formby L37 7BD