Hilbre Island

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Hilbre Island, with its smaller neighbours; Middle Eye and Little Eye, in the mouth of the River Dee has SSSI status due to the flora and fora present, especially the local seal colony. Access is tidal, and so at low tide can be reached by foot across the sands from the mainland.

The island has been occupied on and off since the Stone age, with stone, bronze and Roman pottery been discovered over the years. Today home to a few buildings, including a solar powered lighthouse and private dwellings.

Access to the island is restrict to a maximum of 50 people at a time,

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Merseyside, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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How to get here


To get to West Kirby from the M53, leave at junction 2 and follow the West Kirby signs; then follow the brown Marine Lake signs which will bring you into Dee Lane. Alternatively from Chester, take the A540 to Hoylake, at West Kirby follow the Marine Lake signs to Dee Lane.


Access to Hilbre is by foot, across the two miles from West Kirby.
The safest route to Hilbre Island is to start from the slipway at Dee Lane, next to the Marine Lake, walk towards Little Eye, the smallest of the three Islands, keeping it on your right. As soon as you pass Little Eye turn right and continue on the sand passing Middle Eye on your left. Between Middle Eye and Hilbre take the rough track over the rocks towards the small tidal pool. Once off the rocks turn left towards the gate at the south end of Hilbre. Do not cross direct to Hilbre Island, and do not cross from Hoylake.


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The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every twelve. If you are planning a visit to the Islands you must allow yourself enough time so that you can leave Hilbre at least three hours before high water, or longer if you have small children or walk slowly. It takes about 1 hour to cross the 2 miles to Hilbre. Alternatively, you must set out from West Kirby at least three hours before high Water and allow for a stay of five hours or more on Hilbre. Strong winds may bring the tide in early or suddenly. Please telephone: 0151-648-4371/3884 for advice on tide times. Tide tables can be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway.


Groups are restricted to 50 people and permits are required in advance for any group of 6 or more persons. These are allocated on a strictly first come basis, and you may find that your chosen day is already booked. Permits are available from the Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm. Telephone: 0151 648 4371/3884.


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Address: The Visitor Centre, Wirral Country Park, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 OHN, Uk
Phone: +44 151 648 4371/3884
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