205 Hilbre Island

Crossing to Hilbre Island is like Moses leading the Israelites over the divided waters of the Red Sea. Striding across the vast sands of the Dee Estuary is an awe-inspiring experience and arriving on the tidal island, with its spectacular red sandstone cliffs, shell beaches, marine wildflowers and numerous seabirds, you are in another world. Best of all are the grey seals. But don't, like the pursuing Egyptians, get caught by the incoming tide.

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LOCATION: The Wirral
START: West Kirby Marine Lake. Car park near Morrisons; toilets
Grid ref: SJ210868 Postcode: CH480QG
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Easy, but wear boots
TIME: 4 hours minimum. The islands are cut off from the mainland for 4 hours out of every 12. Phone 0151-648-4371/3884 for advice on tide times. Tide tables on display at Dee Lane slipway & on internet
MAP: Landranger 108
NOTE: Dogs on lead in the Nature Reserve, composting toilets on the island and no shelter. Groups of more than 6 must book first
REFRESHMENTS: Safeway coffee shop
EN ROUTE: Little Eye, Middle Eye, Grey Seals

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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