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If the kids are up for an adventure then why not head to the Hillbre Islands in the Dee Estuary and see if you can spot some seals?

You can walk to the Hilbre Islands, made up of Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre, but only at low tide and only from the beach at West Kirby. It takes about one hour to cross the two miles to Hilbre.

The waters around the islands are famously home to a colony of Grey Atlantic seals with hundreds spotted over the summer months.

Whilst on Hilbre Island, it's important to remember that there are no shops, public toilets or any fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter. Suitable footwater should always be worn, and always carry waterproofs and warm clothing.

Alternatively take a boat trip around the island and spot its famous landmarks including the old lifeboat station and the lighthouse.

Safety advice: The islands are surrounded by the tide for up to six hours twice a day. You should never try to cross directly from Hoylake and make sure you check the tide times before you go out.

You can find more information about the best times to cross on the Friends of Hilbre website.


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Only walk across at low tide and leave enough time to cross back to the main land.


Dee Estuary, Wirral, CH48 8BW

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