Hilbre Island

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Hilbre islands are two miles off the mainland and are accessible for 7 hours out of every 12. It is a most enjoyable stroll across the sands from West Kirby at the top of the Wirral peninsular, to these three islands. Of course you have to plan your trip around the tides. The Friends of Hilbre have a website that provides all the information you need, and even have regular organised visitors days.

It is a walk across firm sand; a bit wet under foot but never more than a few inches deep. Once on the sands you feel part of this magnificent "open space" with views in all directions including the Great Orme, Llandudno. Take a flask of coffee and absorb the view from the "Big" Hilbre Island to the harmonious sound of the breaking waves beyond the island.

You start from Dee Lane Slipway in West Kirby. (CH48 0QA in your Satnav gets you there) where there is plenty of Pay and Display parking and all the facilities required.

Afterwards West Kirby and Hoylake beckon you, but they cannot compare with the safe stroll across the sands to Hilbre.

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