Hilbre is the largest ( 47,000 square metres) of three islands in the Dee Estuary, the other two islands being Little Eye and Middle Eye.
Little and Middle Eyes are both unpopulated, Hilbre Island has a few houses and is where the islands Warden lives.
The Dee Estury is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the islands themselves are a protected nature reserve with their main attraction being the seal colony.
The islands are also popular with bird watchers especially during migration season.
The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every twelve.
Make sure you check the tide times!!!! (Use the phone number below or check the times on the board on Dee Lane slipway)
If you get stuck on the island you may be there for around five hourse and there are no shops or toilets.
It has been a few years since I last visited the islands but hopefully I'll return soon and get a few pictures on these pages.
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If its too wet on the marine lake wall - ie. the tide is in and you don't want to get your feet then then simply stroll along the pomenade - there's usually someone feefing the greedy sea-gulls. here they are waiting to pounch on any scraps!
The Marine Lake
Sandy is sooo lucky to live so close to the water. Even when the sea is gone (as everytime I was there to have a look ;) there's water a minute away from her home. Next to the sea (which isn't really the sea but the river Dee!) there's an artificial Marine Lake for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. A beautiful place for a walk!
Hilbre is the largest of 4 islands off West Kirby - and is home to much wildlife.
On a warm summer's day its an idyllic place to take a picnic and laze in the warmth.
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 Visitor Centre on 0151 648 4371.
More pics in the travelogue
Beach across to Hilbre View
The other side of the lake has the beach. Here Hilbre Island can be seen. You can walk out to the island when the tide is out but you must check the tide times for returning - people have been stranded! PLEASE SEE TRAVELOGUE
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Have a look over to Wales!
Just get out of the door and after 50 meters you will be at the coast, well at least it's only the Dee river, but you already feel like at the coast....
Stroll around the Marina
Strolling around the marina wall is a pleasant and popular attracticion in West Kirby, especially in the late afternoon or evening for the sunsets.....very beautiful over Hilbre island.
Blue Flag Beach
West kirby beach has been awarded a coveted blue flag award. Great fun for the kids here in the summer - when we have one ...hahahah
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