UPDATE 08/07– It is with regret that I need to inform you of the cancellation of our Cross Bay Walk which was originally scheduled for Sat 12th September 2020.
This decision has been taken by the trustees of the ‘Guide to the Sands’ and we were very disappointed to receive this news this morning as Cross Bay is one of the highlights within our event calendar each year. I am sure you will agree that everyone’s health and safety must take priority in these unprecedented times we find ourselves in.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Community Development Manager
Join us on our annual fundraising walk across the iconic Morecambe Bay sands.
Come with your family, friends or on your own: everyone is welcome!
The eight-mile sponsored walk from Arnside to Grange-over-Sands will be led by specialist guide Michael Wilson on the afternoon of Saturday 12th September. £12 Adults and £6 Children.
You’ll take in spectacular views of well-known sites such as Humphrey Head and Arnside Knott from the unusual perspective of the sands.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long will the walk take?
A. The route taken is never the same twice, but it is approximately 8 miles to a maximum of 10 miles. We allow 3-4 hours to complete the walk.
Q. Am I required to raise sponsorship?
A. The Cross Bay Walk is a fundraising event for St Mary’s Hospice and all walkers are encouraged to fundraise through sponsorship for this event. We rely on income from events such as this to enable us to continue caring and supporting local patients and their families. Every penny you raise really makes a difference! To show our appreciation for your support we’d love to give you one of our St Mary’s Hospice charity t-shirts as a thank you once you’ve raised over £30. Online sponsorship
No trips to the bank or counting pennies. Experience has shown that the best way to raise funds is to have a Just Giving page. We are listed on Just Giving so it is easy for you to set up your page so that sponsorship money comes directly to us.
Go to justgiving.com
Click on ‘Fundraise for us’ and follow the instructions.
This page can then be shared with your friends and family on social media.
Q. Do I need to bring food/drink?
A. Please bring a drink and snacks that you would like to eat on the walk with you.
Q. What do we do with rubbish?
A. Please take litter with you and clean up after your dogs. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times.
Q. What should I wear?
A. A pair of old training shoes is recommended although some people like to walk in bare feet for some of the walk. It is better to wear layers rather than one thick jumper and remember to bring a waterproof. You may get muddy; so consider bringing a towel and a change of clothes. It is exposed out in the bay so a hat and sun cream may also be useful depending on the weather. There are dangerous quicksand’s in Morecambe Bay. Stay with the group and follow Michael and his guides at all times.
Q. Is there a minimum walking age?
A. The walk is not suitable for children under 6 years old due to the river channel crossings. Parents should assess whether the walk is suitable for their children. The walk is onerous and may be difficult to carry children if they become tired. Children should be able to negotiate the river channels with minimum assistance. Under 16s should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Q. Can I bring a dog?
A. All walkers are more than welcome to bring dogs with them on the walk, but please be aware that there are river crossings, so your dog must be able to swim and/or you must be carry them over the crossings.
Q. Am I fit enough to walk?
A. You will be walking for approximately 3-4 hours and it is most likely that you will get wet, you may wish to bring a spare pair of footwear and a towel. The walk usually starts from a stony foreshore at Arnside, proceeds on to the sands and across the channels of the River Kent. The walk involves crossing two river channels which are cold and sometimes fast flowing. The height of the river is usually between knee and thigh deep. The walk is on varied terrain including sections of sand, shingle, pebbles, rock and salt marsh. The last part of the walk over the salt marsh involves crossing gullies, these can be quite wide and slippery so walkers need to be agile enough to get across. It is the walkers responsibility to make sure that they are fit enough to take part in the walk.
Q. What time are the trains?
A. There are train stations at Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Kent’s Bank.Please check the summer timetable when it becomes available here http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx
Q. What if I can’t complete the walk?
A. A tractor and trailer are brought out into the bay for those who can’t complete the walk for medical reasons.
Q. What time should I get there?
A. Please arrive from 11.45am to register and get your wristband at Arnside promenade. The walk will start promptly at 12.45pm.
Q. Are there toilet facilities?
A. There are toilets in Arnside to use before the walk commences.There are no toilet facilities during the walk.
Q. What if the weather is bad?
A. If extreme weather is forecast, and results in the cancellation of the walk, we will do our upmost to reschedule the walk in the same calendar year. If this isn’t possible your place for the 2020 walk will roll over into 2021.