Life in a Cumbrian Village


Morecambe Bay Walk

A walk on the wild side.

One of the most spectacular walks in the world that requires very little effort, fitness or stamina is on our door step – The Morecambe Bay Walk. A few weeks ago a friendly chat on a sunny day between neighbours brought up the subject of local walks. It was not long before we were discussing the possibility of a walk across Morecambe Bay guided by the now famous and well respected Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson who recently celebrated fifty years in the post. Although my wife and I have previously completed this walk with a very large group of Sixth Form students raising money for charity, we knew it was a walk that could be enjoyed many times over.  “Looking south you have wonderful views of the Morecombe Bay sands, looking north you look across to all the Lake District Mountains. The walk takes you along the foreshore and through woodland behind Blackstone Point emerging onto the salt marsh at White Creek. You then head out to the Bay and soon reach the River Kent. Crossing the river is a highlight of the walk – your height will dictate whether you paddle through the river or wade through the foot deep water. Half way across the Bay we stop for a rest, the walk then meanders across the sands and comes ashore at Kents Bank Station.” Hornsby residents  Joyce, Phil, Carol and I set off early on a Sunday morning looking forward to a good walk on a sunny day while raising a little money through sponsorship for St Mary’s Church. The walk certainly lived up to all our expectations. Walking out to sea while the tide was out knowing that if were still at the same spot a few hours later the sea water would be some twenty five feet over our heads gave us all the incentive to complete the walk. The highlight was the very dramatic crossing of the river Kent. Up to our waists in water for a distance of fifty meters with some people catching flat fish beneath their feet created images that will never be forgotten. Fresh air and good company with a little exercise has all the ingredients required to make for a good day out that comes highly recommended.