‘The sands of time’ is an everyday expression, originating from the days when an hourglass was a common system of measurement. This trail around the tidal Hilbre islands puts a whole new spin on the phrase.
For the most rewarding experience, reach Hilbre Island itself before high water and allow yourself to be stranded there for a few hours - but see below!
Essential safety information
When planning your visit it is absolutely essential to consult the tide times in advance. These are available at the BBC's Weather website (click here). NOTE: times on this site are supplied in GMT so when we are observing BST please add one hour.
If visiting over the high water period :-
Set out from West Kirby slipway at least 3 hours before high water, or 3½ hours on large tides (9½ metres or higher), to allow for a stay of 5 hours or more on Hilbre. It is safe to leave Hilbre 2½ hours after high water to walk back to West Kirby.
If visiting over the low water period :-
You must depart from Hilbre Island at least 3 hours before high water, or 3½ hours on large tides (9½ metres and higher).