Terms and Conditions


By entering you signify that you accept in their entirety the attached terms and conditions of entry for this event, that you are in good health and know of no medical reason why you (or your child if countersigning as a parent/guardian on their behalf) may not participate in the walk and that you enter the walk entirely at your own risk. No prams, bicycles or wheelchairs are allowed.

Cross Bay Walk Terms and Conditions of Entry

This is a fantastic walk to enjoy! Groups, families and individuals are all welcome but please do first read and abide by the information below.

The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in the High Sheriff of Cumbria’s Cross Bay Charity Walk organised by the High Sheriff in association with the Cumbria Community Foundation, Registered Charity no 1075120. This walk is a fundraising event in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation.

The Cross Bay Walk takes 3-4 hours and is approximately 8-9 miles long.

Reasonable fitness is required. All walkers (and accompanying dogs) must be able to walk at least 10 miles comfortably and be agile enough to manage slippery surfaces such as gullies and salt marshes.

There are quick sands on the bay so you must stay with the group at all times and follow the advice of the specialist guide, Michael Wilson and his team. He is there to keep everyone safe.

During the walk there are at least two river channels to cross and the water can be around 80cm deep. These channels are cold and can be quite fast flowing. You will also be crossing rocky terrain, pebbles, shingle, sand, salt marsh, mud and water.

You are likely to get wet and muddy so old trainers are recommended although for some of the walk you may prefer bare feet. It is exposed on the bay and the weather can change quickly, so you should bring waterproof clothing and layers to wear, even in summer. Do also bring sunscreen and a hat. You may like to bring a towel, spare footwear and a waterproof container to keep valuable items dry. All items are carried at the walker’s own risk and the organisers of this walk do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to belongings on the day.

Please bring a drink and snacks with you to eat on the walk. There will be no drinks or snacks provided during the walk. You must take all your own litter home with you.

Under 17s must be accompanied throughout the event. This walk is not suitable for children under 10 years old (minimum age is 10 years). Parents/guardians accept responsibility for assessing in advance whether the walk is suitable for their child.

Dogs – well-behaved dogs are welcome if accompanied by one adult per dog. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. You must clean up after your dog and take all litter home. Please be aware that the water can get quite deep whilst walking, so only bring dogs who are comfortable in these conditions. Please be respectful of other walkers and keep your dog under control.

By entering the event the walker consents to photography being used for promotional purposes of either Cumbria Community Foundation and/or the High Sheriff of Cumbria.

Please arrive for registration at least 40 minutes before the start time. Registration opens from 11:45am. Please meet at Arnside Promenade. We will have a stand at the benches near to the public toilets. At registration you will be asked to sign to say you and your party have read and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

Your entry must not be transferred without the organiser’s consent. You must not allow another person to participate in your name.

There are public toilets at Arnside (20p charge) before you start the walk. There are no toilet facilities on the walk.

Travel and Parking – Please note that hundreds of people participate in the Cross Bay Walk on the day. You must allow plenty of time to park. You agree to park responsibly and legally and not to obstruct any drives or private access and to ensure you are not blocking access for emergency vehicles. You may wish to consider using the train. There are car parks in Grange (which is 2 miles from Kents Bank) and regular trains from there to the start of the walk in Arnside. You will need to check with the latest train schedule for details. You are responsible for arriving in plenty of time to travel and park and register as the walk will commence at 12:45 prompt.

At the end of the walk teas and coffees (or soft drinks) will be served at the Lambert Manor Hotel, Kents Bank. There are also toilet facilities at the hotel. Please note, there are no changing facilities at the hotel. The cost of the above refreshments is included in your registration donation. There will also be collection buckets available at the hotel and if you wish to donate further to Cumbria Community Foundation, we would be very grateful.

Due to inhospitable tidal conditions and unforeseen events, there is a small chance that a walk might be cancelled. Please check with the High Sheriff website at www.highsheriffofcumbria.co.uk before travelling to the start. We will also try to email participants in the case of cancellation so please ensure we have your relevant contact details and check for messages the evening before the walk. In the very unusual event of cancellation, your registration donation will be treated as a charity donation to Cumbria Community Foundation and will not be refundable. If the walk is cancelled due to current guidelines and restrictions relating to COVID-19, we will try to rearrange the walk for the following year and give registered walkers the option to join us on a Cross Bay Walk in 2021.

Personal arrangements, including travel, accommodation, subsistence or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk.

Each walker agrees to indemnify the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Cumbria Community Foundation and other organisers of the Cross Bay Walk of all liability in connection with this event.

All walkers agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions above and must have completed an entry form (one per walker) and paid the entry fee.