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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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  • 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.
  • A place for getting back to nature. Peaceful and quiet usually. Watch the incoming tide doesn't cut you off though
  • If you love beaches, rock arches, caves and rock pools, wading seabirds and distant seals, and long splashy walks across the exposed sands, you'll love Hilbre. If, after all that, you're wondering what you'd do there, don't go!
  • It is a bit of a hike out there (1.5 miles), but it seems that a lot of people make the journey out over the sand, of course when the tide is out. It is a good idea to wear "Wellys" as there is a fair amount of water to cross at one spot if you start out from the closest point of land. If you start out further east or closer to town then you might not have to worry about crossing the runoff. There were quite a few people walking out there and a whole bunch of school children. Many people went to the old Boathouse on the north end of the island. There also was a Telegraph building with a staircase up to an open lookout next to the telegraph building. There also is the only Trinity House lighthouse in the area out there, but don't go with high hopes to see a grand construction for a lighthouse. You can check my photograph for what it looks like. It is however an active light and necessary for navigation in the area however seemingly insignificant.
  • Brilliant, tad eccentric but hey ho

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