Planning Your Visit To Hilbre Island:

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Little Hilbre (Middle Eye) surrounded by the sea an hour after high tide.
2004, Courtesy of National Museums, Liverpool (Liverpool Museum)
 
 

SAFE CROSSING INFORMATION

The Islands are surrounded by the tide for up to 6 hours twice a day.

Do not set out to the islands without knowing when this will be. 

To work out the safe crossing times to Hilbre:

First of all find out the time of high tide on your chosen
day using the tide tables.

On large tides (9.0 metres and over) allow not 3 but 3 hours.

These times are based on a crossing taking 1 hour and using
only the recommended safe route.

If you are unsure you have calculated the safe crossing time correctly
do not start to cross to Hilbre.

  •   The weather can change quickly on the estuary, please take this into account
  •    Do not attempt to cross to or from Hilbre after dark, in foggy conditions or if fog is forecast
  •  Changeable weather including wind and air pressure will affect the predicted tidal conditions
  • Strong footwear, warm waterproofs and sun cream are recommended
  • Rocks can have sharp edges and those covered in seaweed or mud can be slippery
  • Stay away from cliff edges

The Safest Route to Hilbre Island

  1. Start from Dee Lane Slipway, which is adjacent to the Marine Lake, West Kirby.
     

  2. Walk toward Little Eye, the smallest of the three islands, keeping it on your right.
     

  3. As soon as you pass Little Eye turn right and continue on the sand passing Little Hilbre {or Middle Eye} on your left.
     

  4. Between Little Hilbre {also known as Middle Eye} and Hilbre take the rough track over the rocks towards the south end of Hilbre where there is a footpath leading onto the island.
     
    DO NOT CROSS DIRECT TO HILBRE
    DO NOT CROSS FROM HOYLAKE

  • Facilities: There are no shops or fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter.
    There are compositing toilets on the island.
    Toilets are available at Dee Lane slipway 10am 6pm in the summer months.
     
  • Clothing: Always carry waterproofs, and warm clothing, and food and hot drinks in winter.
     
  • Footwear: Wear sensible footwear as rocks, barnacles and broken glass can cause injury.
     
  • Overnight stays: are not allowed.
     

Please help Protect the Wildlife:
All plants and animals in the Local Nature Reserve are protected.
Please do not collect any living creatures, pick or damage the plants.
Please avoid disturbing the roosting birds in winter.
Please keep to the paths or rocks to avoid trampling plants or eroding soil.
Please take your litter home with you.
Fires are not allowed on the Islands, if you see a fire please contact the Ranger or dial 999.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times on the Local Nature Reserve


PLEASE RESPECT THE WILDLIFE
ON THE HILBRE ISLANDS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE