Hilbre Island Travel Guide

  • Hilbre at sunset
    Hilbre at sunset
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  • Hilbre Island
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  • Hilbre Island
    Hilbre Island
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Hilbre Island Things to Do

  • Walk to Hilbre

    To reach Hilbre Island start at the slipway near the north end of West Kirby Marine Lake. The distance is about 4 miles (note no refreshments are available on the island). Plan your visit around the tide times as Hilbre is cut off for several hours per day. The notice board by the slipway gives full tide information or phone Wirral Country Park...

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  • Web View

    Want to see what the islands look like right bow??Well you can as there is a web cam for Hilbre Island :-)Just click on the link below:Using th links on this site there is even a slide show availbale.

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  • Red Rocks

    As you walk around Middle Eye to Hilbre Island you must surely notice the rocks which are a glorious red colour with amazing striations cut into them over the years. The rock is unter Sandstone (also present on the Wirral forming the rocky ridge from West Kirby to Thurstaston). It is thought that the islands were part of the mainland until the end...

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  • Ship Shape Hilbre

    On Hilbre Island a generator (mound of grass with a low brick chimney) was used to power lights during world war II. This made Hilbre look like a ship and thus attracted german bombers away from Wirral and Liverpool.

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  • Wildlife Watching

    Footprints of a prehistoric reptile called CHEIROTHERIUM have been found on Hilbre. Today though you can see grey seals around the islands on the sandbanks in the distance. Many birds flock to the estuary too and this is a good spot for watching bird life.

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  • Rock Pools

    During the walk to Hilbe Island itself, many rock pools can be seen around - great place for kids to go looking for crabs and to dip their buckets in to see what they can find ;-0

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Hilbre Island Local Customs

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    by sandysmith Written Aug 6, 2005

    On Hilbre Island there is an old legend of Lady's Cave where a dying girl was cast up after throwing herself from a ship to avoid an arranged marriage.

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Hilbre Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by sandysmith Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Check the tide times if you don't want to be stuck on Hilbre for longer than you want. As a general rule you are safe to leave for Hilbre 3 hours before high tide to get back to West Kirby and three hours afterwards.

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Hilbre Island What to Pack

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    heading for Hilbre

    by sandysmith Written Aug 6, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When the sand is really dry its easy to walk barefoot out to Hilbre - so follow these guys examples and take off your shoes.
    Some rocks are found nearer to Hilbre and nay be slippery with seaweed so jelly or plastic shoes are a good option.

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Hilbre Island Favorites

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    Hilbre

    by sandysmith Written Aug 7, 2005

    Favorite thing: The Hilbre Group of islands are situated at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, and form part of the Dee Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest which is of international importance. They're called Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre and all are natural nature reserves - the mudflats are a haven for migratory birds.

    There are no facilities on the three islands so make sure you take plenty of warm clothing, hot drinks and packed lunch etc. Probably best to go to the toilet before you go as well!!!

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