Cross–Bay Walk

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

Lothlorien Holiday Cottage in Grange-over-Sands is an ideal holiday base for anyone taking part in a Morecambe Bay cross-bay walk.

Morecambe Bay is an expansive estuary renowned for its natural beauty and rich heritage.

Embark on an extraordinary adventure as you traverse the sands of time on a Cross-Bay Walk, a historical hiking route that has captivated explorers for centuries.

Joining a cross-bay walk you will be following the footsteps of generations of intrepid adventurers who have ventured across these ever-changing flats and channels.

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

You will be guided by experienced and knowledgeable leaders where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of this vast natural realm, where the rhythm of the tides dictates the pace of your journey.

A Journey Through Time

The origins of Cross-Bay Walks can be traced back to the 16th century when locals relied on these routes to connect coastal communities.

Guided by royally appointed guides, these crossings were essential for trade, commerce, and social interactions.

Today, Cross-Bay Walks offer a unique opportunity to step into the past, retracing the footsteps of those who once navigated these treacherous sands. The experience is not merely a walk; it’s a voyage through time, a chance to connect with the rich history and folklore of Morecambe Bay.

A Tale of Two Shores

The traditional route of the Cross-Bay Walk linked Hest Bank in Lancashire with Kents Bank in Cumbria. However, due to safety concerns, the route has been modified to connect Arnside in Cumbria with Kents Bank.

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

The Arnside to Kents Bank walk is approximately 6 miles long, taking you across a variety of terrains, from firm sand to mudflats and channels. The ever-changing landscape, influenced by the tides, presents a captivating spectacle, adding an element of unpredictability to your adventure.

To get to the start point, it is easy to catch the train from Kents Bank station to Arnside where you meet the Queen’s Guide to the Sands – Michael Wilson.

Before the arrival of the railway, the main route from Lancaster to the Furness Peninsula was across the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

Crossings could only be made at low tide with an approved guide.

At one time Cartmel Priory appointed the guide. Nowadays, the guide is appointed by the Duchy of Lancaster.

A Sanctuary for Nature Lovers

Morecambe Bay is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with a diverse array of flora and fauna. As you embark on your Cross-Bay Walk, keep an eye out for the bay’s resident birdlife, including curlews, oystercatchers, and redshanks.

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

The mudflats and salt marshes provide a vital habitat for a variety of marine creatures, from crabs and shrimps to sea anemones and worms. The bay’s rich biodiversity is a testament to the importance of preserving this delicate ecosystem.

A Challenge Worth Taking

Completing a Cross-Bay Walk is a challenge that rewards you with a sense of accomplishment and a deep appreciation for the natural world. It’s an opportunity to test your endurance, navigate unfamiliar terrain, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Morecambe Bay.

While the walk is physically demanding, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. The sense of exhilaration as you reach the opposite shore, the camaraderie shared with fellow walkers, and the profound connection you forge with the landscape make the experience truly unforgettable.

You are advised that you will cross a couple of rivers on the walk so be prepared for some cold water.

Depending on the depth of the rivers it can be up to your waist.

Footprints in the Sand: Cross–Bay Walk

Again, you are better to walk barefoot rather than in boots or wellies.

The walk can take around 3 hours.

Planning Your Cross-Bay Adventure

Cross-Bay Walks are typically organised during the summer months when the tides are favorable and the weather conditions are most pleasant.

It is essential to book your place on a guided walk well in advance, as these events are often popular.

Before embarking on your adventure, ensure you are well-prepared with appropriate footwear, clothing, and supplies.

Be sure to check the latest weather forecast and tidal conditions, and always follow the instructions of your experienced guide.

Three Interesting Facts about Morecambe Bay

1. Ancient origins:

The tradition of guided Cross-Bay walks dates back to the 16th century when Kings Henry VIII and Elizabeth I appointed official “Queen’s Guides” to lead safe passage across the sands. (Source: The Guide Over Sands Trust website) 

2. Wildlife wonders:

The bay is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 230 species recorded, including oystercatchers, redshanks, and even the occasional osprey. The mudflats are also a nursery for fish and invertebrates, supporting the wider food chain. (Source: Walk Morecambe Bay website)

3. Sustainable strides:

The Guide Over Sands Trust is committed to sustainable tourism, encouraging responsible walking practices and raising awareness of the bay’s fragile ecosystem. They also use their walks to raise funds for conservation projects. (Source: The Guide Over Sands Trust website)

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