|Planning Your Visit To Hilbre Island:|
Little Hilbre (Middle Eye) surrounded by the sea an hour after high tide.
©2004, Courtesy of National Museums, Liverpool (Liverpool Museum)
| The islands are cut
off from the mainland by the tide for up to 5 hours out of every 12
hours. When planning your journey you must find out the time of high
water and allow sufficient time to complete your visit to the islands
and your return journey to West Kirby safely. It is possible to visit
the islands over high water, in which case allow for a stay of at least
5 hours whilst the tide is in, or alternatively, you can walk there and
back over one low water period.
When visiting over high water set out from West Kirby leaving the Dee Lane slipway at least 3 hours before high water, or 3½ hours on large tides 9.5 metres or higher, to allow for a stay of 5 hours or more on Hilbre. It is safe to leave Hilbre 2½ hours after high water to walk back to West Kirby.
If visiting Hilbre over the low water period leave
West Kirby Dee Lane slipway at least 3 hours after high water. When
departing from Hilbre Island you must allow yourself sufficient time so
that you leave Hilbre at least 3 hours before high water or 3½ hours on
large tides 9.5 metres and higher.
Tides are different every day - see the National Oceanographic Centre web site for Hilbre Island tidal predictions www.ntslf.org/tides/tidepred?port=Hilbre. Tide table booklets can be bought locally and tide heights and times are displayed on the notice board at Dee Lane slipway.For further advice on tide times and crossing safely to Hilbre please ring Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston on Tel. 0151 648 4371 (10am - 4pm, on 7 days a week}.
Groups are asked to notify the Coastal Park Ranger Team when they visit the Hilbre Islands so that a record of visitor numbers to Hilbre may be kept and the rangers are aware of a group on the island should there be any issues. Groups can continue to book the Day Room for their use (but not just as a wet weather shelter).
Contact nos. for Information & Advice
The Thurstaston Centre, Wirral Country Park, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 OHN
The Thurstaston Centre is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm
Tel. 0151 648 4371