REGISTRATION: Participants need to sign in on the day from 9.30am, allowing plenty of time as it will be busy. When you sign in you will be given a personal number to wear and we would ask that you make sure this is returned at the end of the walk, this is a safety requirement.
WHERE: At the sea front opposite the Albion Pub.
Please bring your sponsorship form with you.
After registration make your way down onto the beach where Cedric will give his briefing.
CLOTHING: Depending on the weather bring some light waterproofs and wear old trainers and socks, together with a small towel. Wellies are not a good idea as they could fill up with water. As there are channels to cross you may get wet up to your knees (or higher) so shorts or rolled up trousers are a good idea. Bring sunhats and suncream for all ages as there is no shelter from sun and wind on the sands. It may be a good idea to have a change of clothes in your car for the journey home.
TERRAIN: The walk is mostly flat and thousands of people have safely taken part in a cross bay walk over many years. Participants must stay with the rest of the walkers and follow the instructions from Cedric Robinson and his team at all times. You need your footwear at the start and end of the walk but there is an opportunity to go barefoot once on the Sands.
SAFEGUARDING: Walkers are responsible for their own property. There is no bag storage at the start or finish. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage of personal possessions during the event.
We advise you to bring a drink and snack to enjoy whilst you walk and to keep you well hydrated and energetic – remember you have to carry everything, including your litter, so keep it light.
PARKING: When you arrive in Arnside turn right under the railway bridge, past the railway station on your right, follow the road round and s seafront where there is very limited parking. If you are lucky enough to find a spot this is only a few hundred yards from the start which is directly across from THE ALBION PUBLIC HOUSE.
However, we recommend that you park your car in Grange over Sands, follow the promenade footpath to Kents Bank railway station or Grange over Sands railway station and catch the train to Arnside before the walk starts – click here to view the train timetable. This means you will have a car waiting for you when you finish. It may be a good idea to car share leaving one car at the finish and take another to the start at Arnside.
TOILETS: There are no toilets or feed stations on the Sands.
CHILDREN: The Sands are not suitable for prams or buggies and children must be comfortable walking for the time and distance required.
DOGS: The walk is suitable for Dogs who are comfortable walking for several hours, but they must be kept under control (there may be numerous dogs together on the walk); please ensure your dog is wearing a collar with identity tag and placed on a lead when advised – remember their drink and snack.
We anticipate the walk will go ahead even in wet weather but it is entirely at the discretion of Cedric Robinson to cancel the walk should conditions prevail which make the walk unsafe. In adverse weather conditions it is your responsibility to visit www.cumbriafoundation.org for confirmation of the event taking place.