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Fishink on Hilbre Island

August 30, 2014

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‘ Good morning ‘ says Boo ‘ I know we’re going in the car today, so if it’s alright with you, I’ll just hide here ‘ !

It was a pure stroke of genius that one of my school friends organised a walk to Hilbre Island on thursday, saying that the weather was going to be good. We left Manchester during a huge downpour and with a little trepidation, partly due to the weather and partly due to my dog’s car sickness, made our way over to West Kirby on the Wirral where we were meeting.

We were met with a much bigger group than I’d anticipated as more and more of my old friends had heard that we were going on this walk and had taken the day off work to join in. So with a big smile the group of sixteen of us (and three dogs) set off on the  forty minute walk over the sands to Middle Eye which leads you onto Hilbre Island.

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We were certainly in luck, as the dogs ran ever increasingly larger circles around us and the sun shone all the way. There’s a little camera trickery going on in the first picture below as the view from of Hilbre comes into focus.

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Hilbre Island is approximately 11.5 acres in area, and lies about 1 mile (1.6 km) from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland of the Wirral Peninsula. The island’s name derives from the dedication of the medieval chapel which was built on the island to St. Hildeburgh, an Anglo-Saxon holy woman, after which it became known as Hildeburgheye or Hildeburgh’s Island.

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It is believed that the island has been occupied on and off since the Stone Age, several finds of Stone and Bronze Age items and Roman pottery items were discovered in 1926. There are a few privately owned houses on the Island, an old telegraph station and what remains of an old lifeboat station.

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We spent a lovely sunny hour sitting in the long grass, having chilled conversation and watching the dogs play.

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We discovered one of the local inhabitants, luckily just before the dogs rolled all over it .

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The islands were bought in 1856 by the Trustees of the Liverpool Docks, which later became known as the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. Hilbre Island Lighthouse was constructed here in 1927. The islands were sold to Hoylake Council in 1945 for £2,500, passing to Wirral Borough Council on its formation in 1974.

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Such a beautiful tranquil bunch of people and a grand place to relax in the sunshine.

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Thanks to Boo, for not being sick in the car (first time) and to everyone for their organisation and contributions towards good conversation, dog watching etc . Finally to my good friend Gill Moore who took this happy picture of us all. What a great memory.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2014 12:27 pm

    It sounds like it was a great day for a great walk with great company!! And well done Boo, lets hope its the first of many uneventful car trips!!! xxx

    • August 30, 2014 12:31 pm

      Thanks ms Lizbert, O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” He chortled in his joy. I’m not thinking Ms Boo is now fully car conversant, but it definitely was a pleasant surprise I must admit : )

      • August 30, 2014 11:28 pm

        Well every trip is a success as either way she gets to play with her chums and get her belly rubbed by everyone else!! Happy days!!! ;o)

      • August 31, 2014 10:43 am

        Win Win

  2. August 30, 2014 2:42 pm

    Oh, what an absolutely delightful post and what a great idea to go for a hike with your friends. I must come back and savor it a bit more. I suppose one walks out to this island at low tide? No danger of drowning then? (I have fears of deep water). What a cool, little island. I’d like to live on it. I would have a little home-based business like making soap or quilts, perhaps sell watercolors of grasses, bugs, the clouds, maybe have a little B&B. I would imagine this island is terribly cold and windy in the winter? I think Boo can’t believe her luck on escaping from the dog shelter and being adopted and having such wonderful adventures. Are you the one in the ‘camo’ shorts? I like them. The photos are great, it would be fun to discover what is moving around in the tide pools. I thought the best part was that some of the people took the day off work to join up… yay! Sort of like skipping school–the best sort of feeling! I haven’t been able to keep up with your posts lately, but I do save them and go to them later. Have a wonderful U.K. weekend!

    • August 30, 2014 3:35 pm

      Thanks Joy, yes that’s me in the purple and cream (palm tree print) shorts, holding the hound in the last pic. Hilbre is one of those places only accessible with some good tide time table at hand. A wonderful little place to escape to non the less and fairly easy to get to as small islands go. One day I’ll do a tide stop over and walk back (about 5 hours later) at the next low tide. A shop or B&B sounds fab. Thanks for your thoughts : )

  3. August 30, 2014 11:49 pm

    Boo clearly plays hide and seek like my nieces – i.e. “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me, right?”!!! Boo-tiful!!

    • August 31, 2014 10:42 am

      I’m sure we all remember hiding behind a tree and doing more sticking out than fitting behind : )

  4. Elaine Revans permalink
    August 31, 2014 12:54 am

    It was a perfectly lovely day. The best of days. The best of friends. A precious memory. X

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