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 Prevent Breast Cancer 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 working with patients, researchers and leading scientists to discover how to prevent breast cancer. Only 4% of all cancer research funding is spent on prevention so the work we do is vital. Every penny you raise really makes a difference! To show our appreciation for your support we’d love to give you one of our Prevent Breast Cancer charity t-shirts as a thank you once you’ve raised over £30.
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. Remember, a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits will be provided at the Lambert Manor Hotel afterwards!
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 suncream may also be useful depending on the weather. There are dangerous quicksands 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. How do I get there/back?
A. 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’. Find a parking spot anywhere along the front, you are now only a few hundred yards from the start which is directly across from the Albion Pub on the corner.
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, recommended advice is to park your car at Berners Car Park in Grange over Sands 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 (in the worst case for maybe up to an hour) 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.
Q. What time are the trains?
A. There are train stations at Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Kents Bank. The current winter timetable ends on the 21st May. 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 12.15pm to register and get your wristband at Arnside promenade. The walk will start promptly at 1pm.
Q. Are there toilet facilities?
A. All walkers for Prevent Breast Cancer will be able to use the facilities at the Lambert Manor hotel. 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 2019 walk will roll over into 2020.