Hilbre Island 22-06-2018 – Leader Derek

Hilbre Island 22-06-2018 – Leader Derek

If I’d known that Rossie Ramblers were into wife-swapping, I’d have joined a lot earlier!  Today this evil secret was exposed, as Jenny & Alan sloped off from the car park, to reappear an hour or so later in West Kirby, saying only that they had been to Morrisons for a coffee – a likely story!  Then, after coming back from the island, they brazenly disappeared again, to reappear at the café at the end of the walk.

That aside, Derek laid on a quite magnificent day, in quite magnificent weather, with a quite magnificent turnout of 16 for a flat walk 70 miles from home!  The start of the walk was at Wirral Country Park, the first country park in Britain.  From here we legged it along the old railway line for 3 miles or so into West Kirby, with lovely views across the Dee Estuary to the Welsh hills.  Having met up with our errant colleagues, it was then across a 2 mile stretch of lovely firm sand to the first of the Hilbre islands – basically an interesting sandstone rock.  We continued across the sand to the main island, where we travelled to the far end, with never-ending eroded rock formations along the way, ending up at a ruined lifeboat station, where we took lunch.  From the station, we thought we could see one or two grey seals bobbing about, though my camera later thought they were sea birds.

However, on the way back across the main island, we definitely saw a colony of seals on a sandbank to the west.  There was some dispute about the correct collective noun for seals, with most plumping for ‘colony’.  Thus, when we met a couple of chatty RNLI lads, they were quizzed on the question, but were by no means sure.  When we were walking back across the sand, though, one of them – riding a quad bike – stopped to tell us that Google says that ‘herd’ is the word to use, so now we know.

Anyway, back on permanent terra firma, ice creams were consumed before we set off through the centre of West Kirby, and thence back along the railway line, spotting some splendid des reses along the way.  Derek managed a detour along the sandy beach for part of the way back, before we took very pleasant refreshments in the sunshine at Flissy’s coffee shop, thus ending a memorable day, thanks to Derek.

Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile, the like of which you will likely never see again.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.


  1. Looks to have been a wonderful day. I am sorry to have missed it.

  2. Tom Hughes

    We used to go there often when I was a kid, so I was very sorry we couldn’t make it. It looks as though it was a great day.

  3. arnolds

    Roger P commented on Facebook – “My retirement walk again!”

  4. Thanks yet again Arnold for a superb write-up and photos. Special thanks to all who came along for the walk – not an easy journey.

  5. Aside from the letter from my solicitor Arnold, about defamation of character, this was an excellent write up and photoshots.
    What a wonderful day we had in the glorious sunshine. The vistas were truly amazing, with magnificent views across to Wales towards the Point of Ayr. The short walk (distance, not the vertically challenged pair) was perfectly planned. Thank you Derek for a cracking day out.

  6. Susan Holden

    Thank you Derek for a wonderful day out. We both enjoyed it very much. To Arnold for the lovely photos and the cheeky write up.

  7. A memorable day with a difference, and some lovely photos.

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