Participants are required to sign off a disclaimer acknowledging safety advice prior to walking.
To complete the walk, you must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk unaided for at least 10 miles. The walk involves crossing river channels that are cold and may be fast-flowing. Please consider carefully whether the walk is suitable for your children. The walk is onerous and children may need to be carried if they get tired or foot sore. Children must be able to negotiate the distance and terrain described above with minimal assistance.
We will leave Arnside Promenade at 2.15pm, and walk the 8 miles or so to Kents Bank, guided by Cedric Robinson, Queen’s Guide to the Sands. The walk usually takes approximately 31⁄2 to 4 hours. There are dangerous quicksands in the bay, so for your own safety, please ensure that you stay with the group and follow all instructions given by Cedric and his helpers during the walk.
Please come to the registration point on the lower prom at Arnside (close to the new public toilet block) in plenty of time to register before the walk.
There are no toilet facilities once you leave Arnside, so we advise a visit to the public toilets in Arnside before you set out (these have a 20p charge). The nearest toilets to the end of the walk are just over a mile away on the prom in Grange-over-Sands.
Wear clothes appropriate for the weather – anything from shorts and sunglasses to waterproofs. Be aware that conditions out on the bay may change quickly. It’s better to wear layers rather than one thick jumper. Old trainers or sandals and shorts are best to walk in as you will get wet during the river crossing and muddy when crossing the gullies; jeans and wellies or walking boots are not advised. Most people wade barefoot through the river, but we recommend having shoes to put on during the walk as the sand can be very hard to walk on (and cold!). Consider bringing a towel and warm clothes to put on after the river crossing (especially for children, who can quickly get cold). It can be quite exposed out in the middle of the bay so a hat, sun block, windproof top and a bottle of water and a snack is advisable.
The terrain varies from sand to mud, shingle, pebbles, rocks, salt marsh and muddy, slippery gullies.
Please be aware that sometimes due to adverse weather/channel conditions walks may have to be cancelled, re-routed or rescheduled. In this instance, we will contact the person who has made the booking the evening before the walk.
Cross Bay walk certificates can be purchased from Cedric on completion of the walk at a cost of £1.
Enjoy the walk, and don’t forget your camera!
Parking and transport
Unfortunately Growing Well cannot offer transport for this event. The most popular way is to drive directly to Berners Close car park prior to the walk and catch the train to Arnside for the start of the walk.
Please be aware that:
• There is limited parking on the promenade in Arnside and no parking at Kents Bank at the end of the walk. The nearest car park to the end of the walk is Berners Close pay and display car park in Grange-over-Sands; about a mile from the end of the walk.
• Both Arnside and Kents Bank are on the train line between Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness.
If you would like to use this opportunity to fundraise further for Growing Well (by getting sponsorship from others for your walk, for instance) then please download our fundraising guide which includes a sponsorship form.