Morecambe Bay Walks 2017

Directory of Morecambe Bay Walks - May to September 2017:

(Last updated September 2nd 2017)

bay search and rescue2.jpgThere are about 30 walks across the stunning Morecambe Bay taking place during the Spring and Summer of 2017. Most cross the sands between Arnside and Kents Bank and are led by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen's Official Guide. In 1963 Cedric was appointed the 25th guide and for 54 years has escorted many thousands of charity fundraisers safely across the dangerous sands of the bay. Until 2013 Morecambe Bay walks were also led by Alan Sledmore from Hestbank or Silverdale to Grange-over-Sands or Flookburgh. However these have now been discontinued.

This page lists all remaining Morecambe Bay walks for the 2017 season. Note that on some days several charity walks are combined, with participants forming one large group which is safely led across the sands by Cedric Robinson. Registration for the guided walks must be through the relevant charity and not Cedric.

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Information for Participants on Walks Led by Cedric Robinson

The walk itself is 7 to 8 miles long, depending on the route. The walk usually starts from the stony foreshore at Arnside, proceeds onto the sands and across the channels of the River Kent. The height of the river is usually between knee and thigh deep. Old, comfortable shoes or trainers are recommended rather than expensive walking boots or wellies, and shorts or trousers that you can roll up. You may want to bring a towel. There are dangerous quicksands in the bay. To ensure your safety, stay with your group and follow instructions from the Guide and his helpers at all times. Never attempt to cross the bay without a respected local guide.

The weather can be anything from driving rain to hot sun, so come prepared to protect yourself against the elements. It is very exposed out on the bay with no shelter, so bring sunscreen and a sunhat or waterproofs, depending on conditions. Don't forget to bring a bottle of water and a snack. The last part of the walk involves crossing gullies on the saltmarsh. These can be quite wide and slippery, so walkers need to be agile enough to get across. The walk usually ends in Kents Bank, a mile and a half from Grange-over-Sands. Commemorative certificates can be purchased from the Guide at the end of the walk for £1.