Thursday, 18 August 2016

Walking Morecambe Bay with Cedric

As regular readers to my blog will know, I'm quite the fan of the great outdoors (I refer you to my staycation posts) so when the opportunity came up to walk Morecambe Bay, I couldn't turn it down.

I walked the bay for Reverse Rett - a charity close to Mr T's family's hearts. You can find their webpage by clicking on the Reverse Rett link which includes details on their upcoming events, how to donate and information about the charity itself. Briefly and simply, Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition that affects little girls shortly after their first birthday. For these girls and women, their bodies cannot obey the instructions from their brain, so they can understand more than they are able to show.

Combining walking outdoors with a challenge and raising money for charity...let's read on!

The walk is from Arnside across the bay to Kent's Bank train station. Fortunately for us, one of Mr T's relatives lives a 5 minute walk from the station so we parked there and caught the train into Arnside. This was an experience in itself. The train travels across the bay on a viaduct and offers gorgeous views across the bay for the whole journey. The train was PACKED but only took around ten minutes.

Once we'd landed in Arnside, we spent some time looking around gorgeous one-off shops, making plans to return to do some Christmas shopping! One that stood out in particular was the Posh Sardine which is a gift shop with a small café attached. The items in here were stunning!

We then continued to the starting point of the walk, registered with the charity and caught up with family members before setting off!

Now to walk across Morecambe Bay, you must walk with a guide. The calendar of walks is available online and they do get busy. Charities are assigned a date and are charged nothing for the walk, although you pay a walking "fee" to the charity to raise funds. The walks are led by the Queen's Guide, Cedric Robinson MBE. He has been guiding walkers across the bay since 1963, albeit these days, from a tractor. It is ESSENTIAL to be guided across the bay. The walks can be anything from 6 to 10 miles, crossing at least two river channels which can get to two feet deep as well as a bit of a scramble across marshland at the end. The bay itself has fast tides, quicksand, swerving channels and shifting sands that change daily. The flow of the River Kent determines the path of the walk - it moves and changes direction rapidly and is only one of five rivers that drain into the bay. Cedric maps the walk with laurel bushes beforehand and the groups of walkers are shepherded along following his route.

We walked for approx. 2 miles through a campsite and some lovely scenery before hitting the actual bay.

Once we got to the bay, I changed into water shoes  - wading is essential on this walk! Wellies are no good as the water just pours over the top! Plenty of people walked in bare feet, some in trainers and walking sandals. I felt that these were ideal for walking through the water....although contributed to sore calves the day after - a lack of support for my feet!

What followed was a 7 mile walk which took approximately 3.5 hours to complete. We were surrounded by stunning scenery - none of which I managed to photograph well having completely forgotten my camera and using only my iPhone.

What do you think? Is this something you'd get involved with?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx


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