West Kirby is a beach on the western side of the Wirral, just opposite the tidal Hilbre Islands which lie about ¾ mile offshore. The beach is sandy, backed by a sea wall and promenade, with a marine lake for sailing and wind-surfing (not swimming). Lifeguards patrol daily from the end of May until the end of August (10am to 6pm) and dogs are allowed at all times.Most people make the pilgrimage to the islands where lifeguards are stationed during appropriate times. The official advice for those seeking to make the trip, is to leave West Kirby about 3½ hours after high tide to cross, and to leave the islands 3½ hours before high tide on the return.Facilities at the beach include toilets ♿ and a supermarket. Parking (free) is available all along the promenade and there is also a P&D car park. West Kirby rail station is about ½ mile away, and the village has a good parade of (mostly independent) shops.