Thank you for taking part in the Cross Bay Walk raising fund for Lancashire Mind through the Shine for Sian campaign in memory of Sian Waterhouse.
Please take the time to read this information carefully and complete the form at the end. This is to ensure that you have all the details you need ahead of the walk. Please note you can complete the form on behalf of a group if you are walking with others. If you do this you must provide the full names of everyone in your group.
Date: Sunday 4th July
Walk Time: 1.30pm Please note that you need to arrive 1 hour before the walk which is 12.30pm
If driving we would advise walkers to leave their cars at Kent’s Bank or in this area (the end of the walk point is Grange Over Sands) as there is limited parking in Arnside (start point). This would mean that your car will be nicely waiting for you at the end of the walk too, rather than needing to take the train all the way back to the start after a long (and possibly wet!) walk. Abbott Hall have offered walkers free use of their car park in this area, postcode LA11 7BG. We have also been told that there is an option to park near the the Commodore Inn in Grange Over Sands) As the meeting time for the walk is not until 12.30pm, you have plenty of time to take the train to the start point and not feel rushed. The train costs a few pounds and runs every hour.
Meet at the clock tower in Arnside. If you are travelling by train come out of the train station turn right and head towards the small clock tower on the promenade.
Registration: On arrival at the clock tower please look out for Lancashire Mind Volunteers, who will be wearing high vis jackets, including Lorraine Prest.
You will be asked to queue so that we can register you. In order to do this safely we ask that you wear a mask and keep 2 meters apart in the queue unless you are stood with your family members/members of your bubble. Where possible if you are completing the event as a group please only have one person in the queue to check in on behalf of all members of the group.
Registration is contactless and all Lancashire Mind volunteers will be wearing masks during this time.
There will be a walk goody bag provided on registration. Please ensure you have somewhere weatherproof to store the bag, backpack, handbag, etc. during the walk
Once all participants are registered we will leave to meet the Guides Over Sands. Lancashire Mind volunteers will lead you to the Guides over Sands.
Please note there will be a large number of people registering for the walk, 165 for Lancashire Mind and two other charities also taking part. Please help us to safely and quickly work through the registration process.
Track and Trace:You must provide us with a contact number for you prior to the event. You will be unable to attend the event if we do not have this. Please complete the form on this page no later than Monday 17th May.
Please do not come on the walk if you are feeling unwell, have any symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been asked to isolate. Please email [email protected] if you are unable to attend on the day. We are unable to offer a refund for anyone unable to attend on the day due to illness or any other reason.
If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of the walk date please contact Emma Bateson immediately so that Lancashire Mind can contact other participants at the earliest possible opportunity.
What walkers should bring:
- Wear old / Comfortable trainers
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress accordingly
- Bring a hat
- Water ( please take into account that on the sands there are no toilets )
- Small first aid kit for yourselves to deal with any minor injuries / blisters etc
No alcohol to be consumed prior to or during the walk.
The Walk: Once registered, please wait to be told by Lancashire Mind volunteers to walk to the beach area, just down from the Albion pub. The Guides over Sands will be there to meet us.
Please continue to use your masks and maintain social distancing ahead of arriving at the beach.
Dogs are allowed on the walk however please not that dogs must be kept under control at all times, they are solely the owners responsibility.
At the briefing our guide Michael Wilson, will NOT be wearing a mouth & nose covering to enable him to speak clearly to all walkers and will be using a megaphone.
During the briefing all walkers are required to wear a mouth & nose covering and maintain social distancing, social distancing rules apply at all times and we shall imply the government's guidelines at the time. It is up to individuals if they choose to wear a mask during the walk.
The walk will now finish at Grange Promenade in Grange, due to their being no toilets at Kents Bank, this also means walkers can use either Kents Bank or Grange Station, there are also coffee shops on the prom making it a more sensible choice to end the walk here due to Abbot Hall being closed. The toilets are located on the prom and are chargeable using a contactless method to the sum of 30p.
There is the option to walk along the prom past guides farm to Kents bank or along the marsh however our guide Michael will finish the guided walk at Grange prom.
All walkers are responsible for getting to the walk start point and leaving after the walk.
There will be a tractor as an emergency back up to assist in the event of anyone unable to complete the walk. When on the tractor a mask must be worn our tractor driver will not be wearing a mask.
Please note that the walk will take 3-4 hours covering a distance of 6-8 miles. Parts of the walk may be challenging. Changeable weather and a varying terrain will be encountered. First and foremost you should be able to walk 7 miles. Underfoot, Arnside to the shore includes sand, footpaths, lanes and marshland. The bulk of the crossing is flat sand often rippled and sometimes covered in water. Half way across you will navigate the Kent River where you can expect an average depth of up to 2ft (60cm) for a distance of some 50m. The final leg of the walk is over marsh:this is a clear pathway but may sometimes be slippery. Please ensure that all those under 18 taking part in the walk after supervised by an adult at all times.
You can find out more about how to prepare By clicking here to visit the Guides over Sands website
If the walk is unable to go ahead due to circumstances such as poor weather conditions Lancashire Mind will contact participants at the earliest convenience. Please check your emails on the Friday and Saturday prior to the event.
Please can you complete the form on this page no later than Monday 17th May and adhere to any further measures untaken on the day for the safety of all on the walk. If you require any further details about the walk you can contact [email protected]
Thank you again for your support. We look forward to taking part in the walk with you and hope you enjoy the experience.
Lancashire Mind Volunteer