Liverpool is bordered on the southwest by the Mersey. Across the Mersey is what is known as the Wirral. And on the other side of that is the River Dee which separates England from Wales. About two miles out from the Wirral are three little islands completely surrounded by water during high tide. But when it's low tide, there is a window of several hours in which you can walk out and back safely. In the photo below, you can just about see a few people heading towards the first of the islands in the center - Little Eye - with Little Hilbre (also called Middle Eye) and then Hilbre itself, just to the right.
It was a gorgeous day - bright and sunny but with a nice sea breeze. Perfect for trying out my new Scollay cardigan for the first time.
Here is Little Eye with Wales in the background.
You walk around Little Eye and then start heading for Little Hilbre.
Little Hilbre is lovely - full of weathered cliffs and rock formations.
And a short grassy path to walk over the top of it.
Once we were on Hilbre Island itself, the views of Wales get even better. I was astonished that we could see Llandudno and the Great Orme quite clearly.
Part of the fun was examining all the textures and colours of sand and objects revealed when the tide is out.
There were stranded jellyfish . . .
. . . water-swirled patterns in the moss and seaweed . . .
. . . and lots of purply-blue, crunchy shells.
This is the end point of Hilbre Island with the sea in the background poised to cover up the path again in a few hours.
The island is also a nature reserve and popular for bird watching. You can see the houses of West Kirby across the sand and further away, the port of Liverpool.