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Hilbre Island, Wirral

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Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, the border between England and Wales at this point. The island is administratively part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. It is a Local Nature Reserve and is within the estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. As of 2012, the island has no permanent residents.Location and characterHilbre Island is approximately 11.5acre in area, and lies about 1mi from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland of the Wirral Peninsula. The other two islands are Middle Eye (or in older sources Middle Island and on Ordnance Survey maps Little Hilbre), which is about 3acre in size and Little Eye, which is considerably smaller. All three islands are formed of red Bunter sandstone. The main island and Middle Eye are less than a hundred yards apart.Hilbre Island is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands that can be reached on foot from the mainland of Great Britain. The island can be reached on foot from the mainland at low tide; this is a popular activity with tourists, especially during the summer months. Little Eye and Middle Eye are both unpopulated, but Hilbre Island has a few houses, some of which are privately owned.
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  • This is a lovely 4 mile round trip from West Kirby. Good footwear recommended, although we did see people walking barefoot. Definitely check the tide times before setting off! The island is quiet and ...  more »
  • We walked from the slipway by the sailing centre in West Kirby (near morrisons). It took 40 minutes at a easy pace.Wear hiking boots or wellies as it can be muddy and wet ,also you don,t want to slip ...  more »
  • Not done the walk for many years decided to go again checked tides and off we went with the dogs they loved it fascinating place and lovely to be out in the sea air I would definitely recommend this ☀...  more »

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