Merseyside was created from the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire following local government re-organisation in 1974, and is made up of the metropolitan areas lying either side of the Mersey estuary.
There is a strong maritime and industrial tradition in the area, based particularly around Liverpool, Birkenhead, and Saint Helens.
The western side of the county from West Kirby in the south, to Southport in the north, is a low-lying area with gently rolling sand hills and beaches.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Merseyside:
Dunes, Formby © Berit Watkin
Liver Building © Jeff Buck
Speke Hall © Jeff Buck
End of the pier, Southport © Colin Park