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Hilbre Island. Guided Tour with mindful focus. Summer 2022
30 July @ 3:00 pm - 27 August @ 5:00 pm
The walk takes 2.5 hrs. The island’s mystique both slows time and speeds it as you open all your senses. If you are ready to let go of your day-to-day worries, focus on the islands, drink in the sea air and sky and be transported to somewhere special, this experience is meant for you.
The gentle, slow-paced walk (it is not a hike) focuses on listening to all of your senses surrounded by nature and no expectations.
Others who have completed the walk describe it as other worldly, beautiful, engaging, and comment that it was reassuring to have an experienced guide lead the way taking into consideration the island tide, weather, and facilitate a safe and mindful experience.
Hilbre island in the Dee estuary is a hidden gem of the North West of England, but it is still only a stone’s throw from Liverpool, Manchester and only 3 hrs from London.
The island has been a spiritual place since the Dark Ages(Early Medieval). Named after St Hildeburgh an Anglo-Saxon saint, it became a place of pilgrimage after the ‘miracle of the sands’ in the 12th century. Since the Victorian era, it has been popular with all those keen to be in nature and take in the revitalising sea air.
In the context of the 21st century, Brene Brown, an American sociologist captures the island’s mystique in her book “Rising Strong” where she talks about spirituality, “Spirituality is recognising and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to one another by a power greater than us all, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and belonging. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”
These experiences are all planned to start two hours after high water, which gives ample time to get there and back before the next high tide. This walk is for individuals capable of a three-hour moderate Sunday afternoon (7 km) walk, and you must be aware that is can be slippery and uneven underfoot on the island.
It will be necessary for all participants to wear sensible shoes, have access to waterproofs and have sufficient drinks and snacks during the experience (we do not supply these). If the weather is hot, a hat and sunscreen is also advisable. The weather can be very changeable and if inclement the activity will be postponed or cut short at the discretion of the group leader.
The group leader will be a qualified outdoor pursuits’ instructor who abides by the Mountain Training Association’s members code of conduct https://www.mountain-training.org/membership/mountain-training-association/about/mta-terms-and-conditions
Terms and conditions
The walk will start on time…
Cancellations. There are no refunds within 7 days of the event taking place, however we will endeavor to provide alternative dates for customers during the 2022 season.
Dogs are allowed on the islands if they are on a leash. Please bear in mind this is a mindful experience. We have a seal watching walk which might be more suitable for some dogs.