After my dramatic failed attempt of reaching this Island, I can happily announce I successfully made it over two weeks later.
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It was a glorious sunny week and about to get even warmer as we approached the weekend. I figured if it was sunny there would be a fair chance of other people taking walks out to Hilbre Islands, so I booked my trains for the very next day.
I was absolutely right! I arrived at West Kirby beach at 10.45am as the tide was coming in much later than last time. I was confident, very well equipped and a lot more organised than last time. Nothing whatsoever was going to stop me. Walking out to sea, I could see other people walking out and I could also see the coast guard’s vehicle sitting on Little Eye Island as I approached. It felt much safer than last time.
I had already experienced Little Eye, so didn’t stop here and headed straight over to Middle Eye.
Middle Eye is a small Uninhabited tidal island located to the South of Hilbre Island.
Over on this Island there are interesting rock strata, caves and seasonal flowers. Many rock pools to explore with lots of crabs, shrimps and tiny fish to find hiding in the shadows.
The rock formations and the views from this island are just surreal.
….And I finally made it to Hilbre Island!
At last, I finally made it to Hilbre Island after weeks of hesitation, fear of crossing because of the lack of being unable to swim and one failed attempt. Don’t you just love it when you conquer something you were so fearful of? This felt like a victory for me. 😂
What’s on the Island, things to see and facilities
There are a few cute houses here, however as I have mentioned I’m my last blog. Nobody has lived here permanently since 2012. However, some of the houses are privately owned.
The last person to live here permanently was a Wirral Council Warden, but since January 2012 it was announced there will be no permanent residents here. This was after the Wirral Council struggled to find a ranger willing to live without electricity or water supply. The rangers now visit on a daily basis.
Could you live here without energy or water supplies?
The Hilbre Bird Observatory
One of the most interesting buildings here is the bird observatory. This is where birds are monitored for the recordings of a national network of observatories. And as a place of nature reserve, you bet you will spot some of the more unique birds.
The Old life boat station and slip way
The old life boat station was built in 1839 and remained in service until 1939 after being abandoned.
It was built here along with a long slipway so the life boats could be used even if the tide was low. But it was abandoned for the tractor that towed the boats across instead.
Enjoy the panoramic views
Enjoy the panoramic views where you can look out to The River Dee Estuary, the mountains of North Wales and the Wirral Coast line.
The views here are breathtaking! You’ll be glad you took the walk out.
Spot the grey Seals
The island has a colony of grey seals. Apparently the best place to spot then is behind the old life boat station. I didn’t know this until I had left the island and unfortunately didn’t get to see any.
The island is a prime spot for bird watching. There is an array of different birds all throughout the year. They fall into four groups estuary birds, sea birds, migrating birds and breeding birds.
There is a little seating area with a shelter on the island as well as two toilets
If you would like to know more advice and tips on visiting the island stay tuned for my next up and coming post.
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