Midweek Walk - Hibre Island
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A great short walk out to Hilbre Island on the Wirral Peninsula in between the tides. 10km in total and around 4hours with a lunch stop.
West of the Wirral Peninsula (close to the town of West Kirby) you will find three small islands: Little Eye, Little Hilbre Island and Hilbre Island. These three islands are cut off by the sea twice a day, for up to six hours, but a walk to them across the sands at low tide is a superb outing. This walk feels like a real adventure and to do it you must know the tide times and set off from the shore around 3 hours after the last high tide. Once on the islands you must start your return at least 3-4 hours before the next high tide (leave longer in either direction if it is a particularly high tide) and stick to the described route as other ways may have mud and dangerous quicksand.
What to bring
It will probably be cold, make sure you have warm clothes
Recommended Kit List
• Rucksack (with a plastic liner bag or cover)
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Walking boots and socks
• Thermal base layer (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
• Fleece mid layer
• Walking trousers
• Hat and gloves
• Lunch and drink
• Small torch
• Spare food
• Spare warm layer
• Sunglasses and sun cream (if that time of year!)
• Extra thermal leggings and top (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
• Thermos flask
• Trekking poles
• Personal first aid and medication
• Money for a pub stop at the end of the day!
Food & drink
You’ll need to bring lunch with you and snacks to keep the energy up. Don't forget to eat breakfast!! :)
Make sure you have plenty of water & fluids. A flask of something hot is always good on a cold day.
Good Mountain Foods
• Chocolate of course!
• Sunflower seas
• Nuts & dried fruit
• Energy bars (especially the ones with oats)
At the end of the day if people are up for it we’ll have a drink if everyone’s up for it!