Cross Bay Walks
Join Cedric Robinson for an amazing walk across Morecambe Bay Sands. Undertaken in aid of charity, these fascinating walks are led safely across this ever-changing landscape from Arnside to Kent’s Bank.
Confirmed for 2018 – please note more works will be scheduled during the year details will be posted on the page.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Cross Bay Walk for Age UK Lancashire
Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank, Nr. Grange-over-Sands – 3:15pm for 3:30pm start
Join Age UK Lancashire for the last chance of the year to walk this magnificent route across Morecambe Bay
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Hearing Dogs Morecambe Bay Walk
Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank, Nr. Grange-over-Sands – 1:30pm for 2:15pm start
Your opportunity to take part in the famous bay walk in aid of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Saturday 18th August 2018
East Lancashire Hospital Charity Morecambe Bay Walk
From Arnside Promenade to Kents Bank Station, Grange-over-Sands – 10:45am
Join East Lancashire Hospital Charity on ‘one of the world’s most wonderful journeys’ across Morecambe Bay
All listings are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing, but could be subject to change – please contact the charity or organiser before attending the walk.
Most walks cross the sands between Arnside and Kent’s Bank and are led by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen’s Official Guide to the Sands. In 1963 Cedric was appointed the 25th guide and for 54 years has escorted thousands of charity fundraisers safely across the dangerous sands of the bay.
Note that on some days several charity walks are combined, with participants forming one large group which is safely led across the sands by Cedric. Registration for the charity guided walks should be through the relevant charity and not through Cedric.
The walks usually start from the stony foreshore at Arnside, proceed onto the sands and across the channels of the River Kent. Never attempt to cross the bay without a respected local guide.
The last part of the walk involves crossing gullies on the saltmarsh. These can be quite wide and slippery, so walkers need to be agile enough to get across. The walks usually end in Kent’s Bank, a mile and a half from Grange-over-Sands. Commemorative certificates can be purchased from the Guide at the end of the walk for £1.
In the case of bad weather and heavy rainfall prior to the walks, the River Kent may swell to a dangerous level and The Guide may have to cancel for reasons of safety.
Organised walks across Morecambe Bay are internationally famous and are a safe way of experiencing a true wilderness. The Bay presents a number of well documented hazards and it is essential that walkers seek the assistance of the established guide to walk across the largest intertidal area in the UK.
Where practicable all participants should be pre-booked with the organiser.
Walkers must have regard to the following:
• A reasonable level of physical fitness is required with the ability to walk unaided for up to 10 miles depending on the route being taken.
• Crossing of at least two river channels will take place that are cold and possibly fast flowing at a maximum depth of two feet. (This depth may be greater depending on the weather and the nature of the group making the crossing – this will be actively assessed at the time by the walk organiser)
• Although routes are largely flat, the ground surface can be demanding consisting of sand, mud, shingle, pebbles, rocks, salt marsh vegetation and gullies.
• The weather can be changeable and suitable waterproof clothing and dry clothes and footwear to change into at the end of the walk must be taken
• Participants will become wet during the walk
• Sun cream, water and suitable food to consume on the move will be needed
• No toilet facilities are available unless specified by the organiser
• Parents must give careful consideration as to whether a particular walk is suitable for their children. The walk is onerous and it may be difficult to carry children if they become tired or foot sore. Children must be able to negotiate water channels with minimum assistance. The operators may consider that certain weather conditions are not suitable for children and as a result cancel a walk.
Vehicle assistance may only be available for cases of distress and emergency. This is dependent on the route and the organiser and specific information on this will be available directly them.
- May 1st, 2018 to September 30th, 2018
- 01524 582808
- Area: Morecambe and Heysham Guided walks outdoors and countryside sports and leisure