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Hilbre Island, Wirral

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The Hilbre Islands are an archipelago consisting of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, the border between England and Wales at this point. The islands are administratively part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. They are a Local Nature Reserve and are within the estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. As of 2012, the islands have no permanent residents.Location and characterHilbre Island, the largest of the group, 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 West Kirby 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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  • Check the tide times and stick to the recommended routes ! A nice leisurely walk , about 7km / 2hrs to the furthest island and back. Didn’t see any seals personally but keep an eye out.  more »
  • Fab day out me my husband & 10year old son walked from Hoylake took about 25 minutes We could just make out the seals on the sandbank But there are seal watch people with telescope & bioniculars there...  more »
  • Late summer great walk with good friends in glorious sunshine. Hilbre islands are about an hours walk from West Kirby seafront, a lovely local nature reserve with seals basking just off shore. Lots of...  more »
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  • Beautiful place lovely walkout to the island just make sure you have your wellies in the winter time I did the walk with my partner in the summer and it was fine in our shoes, took my. Sister in the winter not realising the tide didn't go out as much and she was not happy with me she ended up with very wet feet I had hiking boots and I still got wet feet. Don't think she will ever go back there. All my fault.
  • As islands go I would recommend a visit. The ground is very stable yet has felt the effects of erosion over the years but can't really blame any individual for that. The birds certainly seem to like it. The seals seem to keep a safe distance but they can be right snobs.
  • Wonderful tidal island off the North Wirral coast. You can walk out here during low tide and explore the amazing sandstone rocks, and possibly even encounter some seals. You do need to bear in mind that it is only safe to walk out from the Marine Lake at West Kirby, and to be safe only attempt the crossing at least three hours after high tide, and be sure to leave Hilbre three hours before high tide. The tide comes in very quick over the large beach areas, so it is very important that you check tide times before coming out here.
  • Brilliant experience of the area and the people in the West kirby area
  • A place for getting back to nature. Peaceful and quiet usually. Watch the incoming tide doesn't cut you off though
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