Day tripper – Hilbre Island

Walk out across the sands to Hilbre Island from West Kirby


Today it’s another in our series of day trips and local walks for you to try out this weekend.


Hilbre Island


My hubby and I walked from West Kirby to Hilbre Island last weekend and it was glorious!

You can easily walk across the sands once the tide has gone out – just make sure you’ve checked the tide tables!

You can see the three islands in the chain circled in red on the map below – Little Eye, Little Hilbre Island and finally Hilbre Island.


Wirral Map


Useful Information


Manchester to West Kirby: 45.4 miles / 1hr 2mins (either via M62 or M56 & M53).

Parking on the sea front by West Kirby Marine Lake.

Facilities on the shore front (none on the walk – take a picnic if you want to eat on the islands).

People were pushing buggies across the sand.

There is an information board at the start of the walk giving details about safe crossing and tide tables or you can click here for more information.

It’s a four mile round trip across the sand which includes rock pools, Oyster Catchers (plus lots of other sea birds) and if you’re lucky, seals!

There is windswept grass, odd rock formations, secret caves and the remnants of former habitation.


Hillbre Island


Hillbre Island

Hilbre Island


Hilbre Island & seals

Hilbre Island looking back to West Kirby

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It’s an easy walk, and it’s lovely. Give it a go!



Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs and images: Map Wikipedia, Hilbre Island (tide in) Peter Craine, Alison Staples, Tristan Pocock

This is not a sponsored blog post


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Mersey Valley Walk

Chatsworth House and Gardens

Tatton Park 3rd Biennial

Rainy day places to take the kids





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