FAQs Heart of the City Cross-Bay Walk
When is the walk?
June 5th 2021 at 2.30pm. We will be meeting on the promenade at Arnside to register from 1.30pm and the walk will begin at 2.30pm promptly.
How do I sign up?
Registration is £15 per adult and £7 per child (under 16s) with a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costing £40. Dogs are an additional £5.
Please complete the booking form by clicking on this link.
How do I get to the start of the walk and back home afterwards?
It is your responsibility to arrange transport both before and after the walk. Please bear in mind the walk is one way and will end at a different point from the start.
We will be gathering before the walk on the promenade in Arnside (LA5 0HA) and setting off from there at 2.30 promptly. The walk ends at Kent’s Bank railway station, Grange over Sands (LA11 7BG).
To get to Arnside, leave the M6 at Junction 35 from the south or 36 from the North and follow the signs for Milnthorpe along the A6. At Milnthorpe traffic lights follow the signs for Arnside. As you approach Arnside turn right under the railway bridge, past the Railway Station on your right, then follow the road round and along Arnside seafront. There is parking available along the front or on the surrounding streets.
To get to Kents Bank, leave the M6 at Junction 36, take the A590 exit to Barrow/Kendal then after about 10 miles on A590 take the B5271 to Grange over Sands. After 2 miles at the roundabout in Grange take the 2nd exit onto Main St/B5277 (first exit would take you to Grange Station). Go through Grange on B5277 then after about 1½ miles turn left onto Carter Rd then take the 2nd right onto Kentsford Rd. Kents Bank Station is a further ½ mile. As there is limited parking at Arnside and at Kents Bank, the recommended advice is to park your car at Berners Car Park in Grange over Sands (currently £1.20 for all day parking) and follow the promenade/shoreline footpath to Kents Bank Railway Station to your right, or Grange over Sand Railway Station to your left, so you can catch the train across to Arnside before the walk starts. You will then have a car waiting for you when you finish. It also means you will not have to wait around for a train back to Arnside.
Trains leave Kents Bank taking 10 minutes to reach Arnside and then a ten-minute walk down to the Quay side. If you leave your car at Arnside then there are trains from Kents Bank back to Arnside after the walk. The cost is approximately £3.50.
Alternatively, leave your car at home and catch the train from Lancaster to Arnside, then from Kents Bank to Lancaster on the return journey. Many chose to end the day with an ice cream or fish and chips!
What should I wear?
The weather can be changeable and it is very exposed in the bay, so a hat and suncream may be needed, depending on the weather. A lightweight waterproof jacket may also prove useful for light showers.
It is better to wear layers so you can adjust to the weather accordingly, and an old comfortable pair of trainers are recommended for the walk, though once on the sands many people chose to walk barefooted
You will get muddy and wet, so please consider bringing a change of clothes for the end of the walk, and maybe a towel.
Please bring a mask to wear during the short meeting at the beginning when we will be 1+ meter distanced.
There are dangerous quicksands in Morecambe Bay so please stay with the group, follow Michael and his guides, and seek help from one of the marshals when needed.
Am I required to raise sponsorship?
The cross bay walk is a fundraising activity for Heart of the City, so although there is no minimum sponsorship requirement, we would love to support you in setting up fundraising online, or providing sponsorship forms.
All profits from the walk will go straight to St Thomas Heart of the City Project.
Is there a minimum age for walkers?
Due to the length and duration of the walk we advise that it is not suitable for children under the age of 5. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, with a ratio of 2 children maximum to each adult. The terrain is unsuitable for wheels of any kind –buggies, wheelchairs etc, so you need to be prepared and able to carry your child (and dogs!) when they are tired, and potentially through the crossing of the estuary.
Walks proceed at a reasonable pace and all walkers need to be able to keep up.
Am I fit enough to complete the walk?
All participants need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk for 10 miles unaided. The walk is flat, but the terrain is varied, including sections of sand, pebbles, rock and salt marsh, and may be uneven under foot. Walks proceed at a reasonable pace and all walkers need to be able to keep up.
It is important to note that the walk does involve crossing two river channels which are cold and can be fast flowing. The height of this river is usually between knee and thigh deep. The route is unsuitable for any wheels –including wheelchairs.
What if I can’t complete the walk?
A tractor with trailer are taken onto the sands for those who need it due to medical reasons.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Your dog will remain your responsibility at all times and will need to remain on a lead throughout the walk. They will need to be able to swim or be carried through the estuary. The cost for bringing your dog is £5 per dog.
If it is a hot day, please make sure you have water for your dogs too. Of course, please clean up after your dog.
What about toilet stops?
There are no toilets out on the sands! There are public toilets at our initial meeting place (20p needed), and we do have a quick stop at Newbarns Caravan Park, about half an hour into the walk, where there are toilets available for patrons of the café.
Do I need to bring food and drink?
The walk is continuous, so we will not be stopping to have a picnic, but it is a good idea to have food you can eat on the move. It is important you stay hydrated, so please do make sure you have enough drink for yourself.
The bay is a beautiful natural area of beauty and we want it to remain this way. Please take all litter home with you.
Do I need to bring any money?
It is possible to buy a certificate signed by the Queen’s guide at the end of the walk for a minimum donation of £1.50. You may need money for your own transport requirements.
What if the weather is bad or we end up in another lockdown?
If extreme weather is forecast and the walk needs to be cancelled, you will be informed by text in advance. It may be possible to reschedule the walk for later in the summer.
We are very hopeful that we will not return to lockdown! However, we will be following the latest national or regional guidance at the time of the event.
If the walk is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, a full refund of your registration money will be available, or you can ask that your registration money is given as a donation to support the Heart of the City Project.
I have more questions!
We have provided this information to help you plan the walk, and even further information can be found here: www.guideoversands.co.uk/bay-walks/prepare/
If you have questions you can’t find the answer to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line ‘Cross Bay Walk’ and we will get back to you