The island at sunset.

Hilbre Island

Hilbre Island is a local nature reserve made up of three tidal islands lying at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre.

Visitors can access Hilbre Island by foot, it is a two mile walk from West Kirby and is free of charge. 

Warning: Plan your journey

Hilbre Island is cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every twelve. If you plan on visiting the Islands please 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 as it takes about 1 hour to get 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.

Tide tables can be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway and can be found on the BBC website.

There are no shops, public toilets or any fresh water on the Islands, and very little shelter. Toilets are available at Dee Lane Slipway, West Kirby; open 10 am - 6 pm.

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Nearest station: West Kirby

The Google map below shows the safest and best point on the coast to start your walk to Hilbre Island. It is a few minutes from West Kirby station on the Merseyrail Wirral line. Remember to check the tide information before you set off and ensure that you have enough time to walk back before high tide.

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