Guided by Michael Wilson
Route – 6.5 – 7.5 miles
Duration – 3 to 4 hours
Emergency vehicles – 2 Tractors
Difficulty – Walkers should be able to walk at a leisurely pace, it is not a race however it is not a slow stroll. Minimum age – 6 years unless being carried by parent.
Getting to Arnside:
The most popular way to arrive at Arnside is by train if you are driving , we recommend driving to Grange or Kents Bank and then catch the train round to Arnside, then your car is at the end or vice versa, park at Arnside and after the walk travel by train back to Arnside from Grange.
Please remember to park you car in a considerate manner as Grange also has many residents living within close proximity of the stations and it is important no one causes any distress to residents.
All walks in 2022 end at Grange on the Promenade just down from the Lido where there are toilets which are available for use for a fee of 30p contactless payment.
Starting at Arnside promenade, the Arnside to Grange bay walk really is a magnificent walk in itself. Walkers are expected to arrive 1 hour prior to the walk start time to ensure that you register your arrival with Michael & Joanne or with your chosen charity.
Michael will start his briefing at the designated start time of the walk at the end of the shore just down from the Albion Pub, Michael and his team shall be wearing bright yellow t-shirts. Kindly respect social distancing when gathering for the briefing. Michael will introduce himself and explain the walk in detail. The walk will only set off once we notified the coastguard our walker numbers. Charities are required to give us their final number of walkers on the day so we can inform the coastguard of exact number walkers.
As we set off we walk along the headland of Arnside out on the Bay itself, care must be taken as the ground could be slippery, sensible footwear is required, all walkers MUST walk behind Michael at all times. This is for your own safety.
If Michael decides to walk through the New Barns Caravan Park we kindly ask that all walkers keep dogs on leads, and walk two by two, this is to illiminate any road blockages through the park itself.
Once out onto the sand we shall meet up with our tractors, the tractors are not toys to have a ride on, they are our emergency vehicles should someone fall ill, this enables us to get them off the sands safely and quickly. Feel free when stationary to chat to our drivers and take photos and don’t forget to tag us @guideoversands on your social media.
At this point of the walk shoes can be removed to experience the barefoot walk of the bay.
The River Kent is a amazing area of river in which we walk across, we ask you keep dogs on leads and children within a close proximity for safety. The river usually is knee high sometimes lower is really is a breath-taking experience.
Once we reach the River Kent, Michael will line all the walkers up along the end the blow the whistle to set off, again all walkers are to follow Michael and his team and it is extremely important to not wonder of the route. Whilst walking across the River Kent it is important to not stop, you MUST keep walking.
Once everyone has crossed the channel crossing we then stop for a drink and some snacks for around 10 minutes, throughout the walk Michael will regularly start and stop to ensure all walkers are walking as one group and the gap from the front to the back doesn’t stretch out too far.
As we leave the sands at Grange the two tractors will leave us as they come off at Kents bank, all walkers are to follow Michael and once off the sand we then walk along the marsh, shoes can be on or off at this point.
Once we reach the promenade you will have the opportunity to purchase a Bay Walk certificate for a small donation they are signed by Michael Wilson and our dear friend Cedric Robinson, why not have a photo with Michael and any of his team to celebrate your achievement.
Once on the prom you have then completed your walk.
Places to eat & drink:
A new café located directly on the prom just short walk from the finish of the bay walk, Emma’s is a friendly family run business offering a variety of snacks and drinks.
The Pheasant Inn
Location – Flookburgh Road, Lower Allithwaite
A friendly, family run free-house serving delicious food and also offer newly refurbished guest bedrooms, located on the outskirts of the beautiful Lake District. Serving food 9am-9pm don’t forget to try the Morecambe Bay Shrimps caught by our Guide Michael Wilson, booking is recommended. Click the link below for more information.
The Commodore Inn
Overlooking Morecambe Bay The Commodore Inn in Grange-over-Sands offers comfortable accommodation, excellent locally-sourced food and real ales. Booking is recommended.
Fish over Chips
A family run shop with the heart of the community always in mind whether your from far or near we will do our upmost best to serve things you wish.
Should you require any additional information feel free to contact us – 07783 562176