Shifting Sands

The shoreline at Hoylake is gradually retreating.  Once home to a thriving fishing community, these days the high tide rarely reaches the sea walls of this small town.

The ‘Hoyle Lake’, a natural harbour which used to offer safe anchorage for shipping waiting to enter the River Mersey, has long since silted up.

Here, at this most north-westerly point of the Wirral peninsula, strong winds sweep in from across the Irish Sea, shaping the coastal landscape and transforming the beaches into shifting seas of sand.