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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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  • Walked tut to Hilbre yesterday and did a couple of circuits of the marina and clocked up about 8 miles in total. Just a wonderful day with lovely weather made this walk a delight. We stopped at Morris...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. had walking boots and only paddled in very small amount of water. Had loats of time so a relaxing walk and picnic. Took 1 hr to Hilbre, had lunch, a wander and th...  more »
  • took the dogs for a lovely walk to hilbre island absoulte delight, lovely day no wind , it was our first time on the island what a perfect day everything except seals but what a wonderful FREE day, wa...  more »