The unbridged tidal islands of Hilbre are a beautiful place for walking and spotting rare and endangered wildlife
West Kirby - Red Rocks - Hilbre Island - West Kirby (approx 10km)
Welcome to Freshwalks, bringing together North West business people in the great outdoors (in association with Professional Liverpool). This time we are returning to West Kirby and the stunning Hilbre Island.
Situated at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, the Hilbre Islands are one of the finest locations for walking in the region and spotting rare and endangered wildlife. The islands are an archipelago, and classed as one of just 43 unbridged tidal islands in the UK that can be reached on foot from the mainland.
Our route sees us initially head along the coast to Red Rocks before walking two miles across the Dee Estuary to discover this archipelago, consisting of three islands, straddling the England and Wales border. Taking advantage of a late morning low tide, we’ll head from Little Eye past Middle Eye to Hilbre Island itself where we’ll take a picnic lunch. After a quick rest and refreshments, we’ll begin our trek back to our starting point and a more direct angle towards West Kirby. It’s a fabulous route and a real hidden gem in the North West of England.
We intend to start the walk from the beach at the bottom of Dee Lane slipway around 10:45. Walkers can take the 10:05 train from Liverpool Central to arrive at West Kirby 10:37 (5 mins walk from the walk start location). If you wish to drive there is a car park on Dee Lane.
10:30 Meeting - Dee Lane slipway
10:45 Walk starts
12:30 Lunch on Hilbre Island
14:15 Walk finishes Dee Lane slipway
Your walk leader is Michael Di Paola.
Max elevation: 12m
Total ascent: 60m
Terrain: Beach, rocks & paths
Other info: Public toilets at Marine Lake at the start and end of the route