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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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  • August 17, 2017
    I am writing a review after researching on going to Hilbre island and failing to find any information on where to park etc. It is simple on where to go and park. Just head to the town centre, find the...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Visited West Kirby and checked the tide times to see if it was safe to walk to Hilbre Islsnd. We were assured that it was quite safe and thoroughly enjoyed our walk in less than 3 hours. We saw seals ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Its a long walk,but it goes quickly!2 miles one hour!You need to be reasonably fit,to face the walk back ,it looks a fair distance!Lol! There were cakes and tea ,£1 each,good value!on the island, Toil...  more »

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