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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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!!!