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Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids
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Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

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This is a walk of around 4 miles (6.5km) over the sand from West Kirby to Hilbre Island and back.  It is only possible when the tide is out and you have to check the tide times carefully as they can come back in quickly!  You can’t do this with a buggy, so if you have babies or toddlers then you’ll need to carry them in sling or carrier when they get tired – and they will.

Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

An ideal time to start the walk, with kids particularly, is just after the tide has passed Little Eye (the first island) as this will give you maximum time to walk out, explore Hilbre Island itself, hopefully see the seals, eat a picnic or snacks, and head back!

It is safest to walk out from West Kirby than try and do the shorter walk from Hoylake as there is sinking sand you can’t see.

Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

You should know, particularly when attempting this with kids that there are no public toilets or amenities on the Island.  If you read otherwise this will be an old article as they have now closed down.

At 5.5 and 6.5 mine just about managed it with bribes of chocolate and the end of the way back was pretty tough going involving lots of songs and games to take their mind off the fact that they were ‘tired’!

Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

Allow an hour for the two mile crossing, or more like 1.5 hours with younger children. So 2-3 hours for the whole walk.

The kids need wellies as there will be some fairly deep puddles on the way out! I always wear wellies too but waterproof shoes may do!

We were so pleased to have finally been able to get them out there though as its one of the first walks we did on moving to West Kirby, lovely to take the kids back!

Just time for a family photo and back!

Walking out to Hilbre Island from West Kirby with Kids

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Post is linked up to the Me and Mine project – hosted by Dear Beautiful, Bump to Baby,Capture By Lucy, Let’s Talk Mommy, Mummy Daddy Me and Tigerlilly Quinn – where you take a photograph a month of your family all together.


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    30th January 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do this, so maybe I’ll manage it this summer.

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    Laura @ Little Ladies Big World
    31st January 2017 at 7:32 am

    Oh this looks such a beautiful place and such a happy photo too x

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    31st January 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Gorgeous place for kids to roam free in the fresh air. I love it Karen. So beautiful. Never heard of this place will have to check it out. Happy month ahead. #meandmineproject

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    31st January 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Aaaah such beautiful happy photos x

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    31st January 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Oh what a wonderful walk! These are the kinds of things I’d love to do with my two but they forget they have legs sometimes and always want carrying! They are only 3.5 and 1.5 though so still quite young for a good long walk yet. Such lovely, happy photos you got, at least the kids were smiling at the end of it xx

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    My Two Mums
    1st February 2017 at 9:42 am

    This looks like the kind of place we would love to explore.

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    Hayley Smith
    1st February 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do this but we are definitely not there yet, haha, maybe without the kids 😉 It looks beautiful xx

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    1st February 2017 at 8:42 pm

    What gorgeous photos Karen! And what a mission!!

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    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    1st February 2017 at 10:26 pm

    One of my favourite walks! I have to say, I have done it in flip flops in the summer and just washed my sandy feet when I’ve got home! x

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    Tracey Williams
    11th February 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I remember doing this when I was little but funnily enough we have never done it with the kids. I might have to bribe the kids to do it one day x

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