West Kirby Beach
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West Kirby is a clean and easily accessible sandy beach on the Wirral Peninsula, at the mouth of the River Dee. It offers fine views across the Dee Estuary and towards the hills of North Wales.
The beach itself is relatively small at around 300 metres long.
Located next to the beach is the West Kirby Marine Lake, a large enclosed area of shallow water set up so watersports can be enjoyed in a safe, sheltered environment. The Lake is home to the Wirral Sailing School, which offers courses in sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
To the far side of the lake is a one kilometre long area of sand dunes, noted for its flora and fauna, including the rare Natterjack Toad. At the North-West end, low tide reveals vast sand flats.
From the beach, the red rocks of the Hilbre-Island archipelago can be seen. This consists of three small islands, Hilbre Island, Middle Eye and Little Eye. These islands are accessible from the beach at low tide. Visitors wishing to walk out to the archipelago need to check tide tables and allow sufficient time to walk back as the islands are cut off by the tide for up to 5 out of every 12 hours. The Hilbre Islands have no shops or fresh water. They have been designated a Local Nature Reserve and dogs must be kept on leads whilst on the reserve.
Free parking is available along the promenade and alongside the attractive marine lake. For those who need parking closer to the beach there is a pay-and-display car park at Dee Lane.