Merseyside takes its name from the River Mersey and consists of five metropolitan boroughs adjoining the Mersey Estuary; Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and the Wirral. It is divided into two areas by the Mersey Estuary, with the Wirral located on the west side and the rest of the county located on the east side. Both sides are linked by road and rail tunnels and the Mersey Ferry, made famous by the Gerry and the Pacemakers song, 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' (for the film of the same name).
'People they rush everywhere Each with their own secret care. So ferry 'cross the Mersey and always take me there The place I love'
Liverpool - distance from London: 213 miles (342 km)
M57, M58, M62
Billinge Hill, St Helens, 160 feet (50 m)
Lobscouse - (Norwegian for "stew") a type of lamb or beef stew eaten by sailors.
St Helens, Liverpool, Warrington
The word Mersey was an Anglo-Saxon term meaning 'boundary river' - the river Mersey once formed the natural boundary for the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia.