Gratuity based Hilbre Island Photo Walks
Photowalks & Workshops - Merseyside

Upcoming Hilbre Walks & Workshops


"Had a wonderful evening on the sunset walk to Hilbre Island. Liam is very knowledgeable and extremely approachable without being ‘ in your face’ we were given plenty of time to just chat and enjoy the walk as well as tips and hints for great photos. Will definitely join him again and recommend to friends."
attended 2021

Follow the golden jacket...

I'm Liam, you're local photography guide, I've been running walks and workshops now for over 5 years, helping hundreds of walkers experience the great outdoors and always wearing my distinctive gold/yellow jacket!

I started this journey wanting to help those struggling with their mental health following the 2019 pandemic to get out into our countryside, using their cameras as an excuse to explore and I'm now heading into my 5th year!

My workshops are for everyone, beginners to experts, we'll always find something amazing to photograph together!

So whether you're new to photography or an experienced shooter, book one of my walks today, follow the golden jacket, and lets take great photos!

Neon Light Photowalks

The Beautiful Hilbre Island

Nestled at the mouth of the River Dee, a few miles off the coast of the Wirral Peninsula , lie the islands of Hilbre, Middle eye and Little Eye. Home to migrating sea birds and a sizable grey seal colony, these little islands have a long and storied history.
From Saxon and medieval pilgrims seeking a contemplative spot to modern day wanderers the islands have welcomed visitors for centuries.

The name Hilbre is old english in origin, formed from Hildeburgh ‘ey or island (St Hildeburgh’s Church still stands in Hoylake).

There is suggestion that there were religious structures on the islands as early as the year 905 but most certainly by 1081. John Leyland, the King’s Antiquary, who visited in about 1540 wrote :

“This Hillebyri at the floode is al environid with water as an isle, and then the trajectus is a quarter of a mile over, and 4 fadome depe of water, and at ebbe a man may go over the sand. There was a celle of monkes at Chestre, and a pilgrimage of Our Lady of Hilbyri”

In 1692 Dr Charles Leigh was granted a lease on the island from Chester Cathedral to build a small salt works erecting pans to produce granulated rock salt, sailors wishing to purchase salt on their way through to Liverpool or Chester were advised to “repair to Mr Richard Seddon at the said island or to Alexander Norris Esq. Present Mayor of Liverpool who will use them reasonably for the same”

By the early 1800’s the only inhabitants of the island, a couple, gave safe harbour and access to their “tap room” showing evidence of a small public house on the island, the man and his wife who lived there were reported to be of sizable wealth… whether this was from a legitimate business or rumoured smuggling is up for debate.

At the far end of Hilbre is the remains of the old Hilbre Lifeboat Station, a low tide launching point for the crew of the Hoylake Lifeboat from 1839 – 1949. Across it’s 90-year history this lifeboat station saved 21 souls across 44 launches but closed when Hoylake received a launching tractor in the 1940s.

Today Hilbre is a peaceful retreat once again, with an old abandoned warden’s cottage, bird hides, and privately owned wooden cabins.

*Free Neon Light Photowalks are offered for no upfront fee, all I ask is that participants consider paying whatever they feel the walk was worth to them at the end of the walk with no expectation. This gratuity-based system allows guests to ensure that the walk fits within their expectations, and within their budget. To cover the cost of late cancellations, if you are unable to attend a walk you have booked please can I ask you to consider a £5 donation. Details on how to give this donation are included in your booking confirmation and booking cancellation emails.