At the Weekend I got to tick something off my Bucket List and raise a bit of money for charity. Can’t be bad! For a while now I have wanted to do ‘The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk’ which is a guided walk across the shifting sands between Arnside and Grange-Over-Sands in Cumbria. The walks are led by Cedric Robinson MBE ( the Queen’s Official Guide), who has been escorting thousands of charity fundraisers safely over the bay since 1963. That makes him pretty darn experienced , wouldn’t you agree !
The walk starts on the front at pretty Arnside. No Hugo is not seeing us off. He will be joining us for this 8 mile trek over the bay. 🙂
There are about 200 people joining us too, dressed mostly in shorts and trainers or walking sandals. Some brought the kids and others bring four legged friends. We were soon met by Cedric in his trusty tractor.
Cedric is a bit of a celebrity so he poses for a few photos with fans before we set off.
The sands are so beautiful and stretch out for miles in front of us. They are also very dangerous so it’s important never to cross without a respected guide.
Even in such an impressive turnout, it is possible to enjoy the serenity of the seascape.
Eventually we cross our first channel ! The River Kent creates the channels and we are soon paddling…….
Even these little fellas are doing the doggy paddle. 🙂 One Jack Russell Terrier called Cato still kept paddling with his front paws in mid air,even after his owner picked him up. Aww!
The water comes up to my mid thigh. Yep I’m a short arse! Hugo does swimmingly well. 🙂
I resigned myself to the fact that I would get pretty wet. So did Hugo ! Luckily the weather is kind to us and amazingly we don’t feel cold at all.
We cross several channels in this way. The route is marked by Laurel Branches, chosen because their leaves do not drop.
Cedric keeps an eye out for us all. I ask him if , as the Queen’s Official Guide, he has ever taken Her Majesty across Morecambe Bay. He hasn’t ( yet! ) but he has had the pleasure of accompanying Prince Phillip in the 1980s. He had to tell The Duke off for driving his horse and carriage to fast over the sands!
Our walk takes a little over four hours and ends at Kent Bank station ,just outside Grange-Over-Sands. We amble back to our little B&B muddy, with aching legs and a great sense of achievement. 🙂
If you would like to donate to my Just Giving page please do. We are raising money for ‘East Lancs Hospice’.
And here is some more information about The Morecambe Bay Walk.