We are excited to announce the return of the magnificent Cross Bay Walk for St John’s Hospice which takes place at 10am on Sunday June 9th 2019.

The previous Queen’s Guide, Cedric Robinson, has now stepped back into an advisory role and a new guide has been appointed, a very knowledgeable local fisherman called Michael Wilson. Michael will lead the walk across glorious Morecambe Bay, finishing up at the renamed Lambert Manor Hotel in Kent’s Bank for a delightful cream scone and refreshments.
Setting off from Arnside Promenade and arriving at Kent’s Bank, the walk is approximately 8.5 miles and takes around 3-4 hours.

Michael will guide you across the Bay following a safe route which will be set as soon as the tide departs the shore on the day of the challenge. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows how unpredictable Morecambe Bay can be. In the unfortunate event that the walk is postponed or cancelled, this decision will be taken by Michael and we will contact all walkers to inform them as soon as we can.

Please note that this year the walk is now being overseen by the Guide over Sands Trust and a booking fee of £1.75 per walker has been introduced as recompense for Michael. Cedric remains in his house as part of his remuneration, and the Trust decided to pay Michael for his time and effort. We have not increased our prices from 2018, but if you wish to cover this administrative cost on behalf of the hospice, please choose this option at checkout.

Pushchairs are not allowed and the minimum age for children is 7 years-old. Please read What to Expect on the Walk for further information.

Upon Arrival
Registration will take place at Arnside Promenade from 9.15am. All walkers must register to ensure that you receive your wristband which you will need to show at the hotel to receive your cream scone and refreshments. The registration point is on the promenade opposite and further down past the Albion Pub. The walk will set off from Ashmeadow at the end of promenade and please make your way there for 9.45am for a prompt 10am start.

Parking in Arnside
Parking in Arnside is very limited and walkers who leave their cars there can park for up to 6 hours. There is an ‘informal’ car park just as you enter Arnside which may be used. Drivers who are not completing the walk should make their way to Kents Bank railway station for approximately 1pm, once all of their walkers have been dropped off at Arnside.

Parking at Kents Bank
Continue along the A6 to meet the A590 (or use junction 36 off the M6) The A590 takes you to Lindale. Turn left at the mini-roundabout onto the B5277 and continue into Grange-over-Sands. Kents Bank is approximately 1 mile further on. Parking is available on the road leading down to Kents Bank Railway Station.

St John's Hospice

St John’s Hospice is a local charity supporting patients and families in North Lancs and the South Lakes since 1986. Serving a population of over 250,000 people, we are specialists in palliative care for a range of life shortening conditions.

Having a life shortening condition does not mean that quality of daily life should suffer. Our experienced team of specialists work together with our patients to make sure they are getting the care and support they need to live their life the way they want to, as much as possible.

Our In-Patient Unit provides a high standard of specialist palliative care and support around the clock, 365 days of the year, for anyone aged 18 years and over.

Our Day Therapy Services provide a place for people to come and talk to others going through similar experiences to them, make friends, take part in group exercises or perhaps relax with a complementary therapy session. The aim is to enhance quality of life and to promote independence as far as possible.

Our Hospice at Home team are a dedicated unit of healthcare professionals who visit patients in the comfort of their own home to offer specialist palliative care at the end of life. Offering symptom management as well as support and advice, the team is there to help both the patient and their family.

The care we provide at St John’s Hospice is free of charge to patients and families, but it is not cost free. We receive 30% of our core funding from the NHS, for the remaining 70% we rely on our amazing local community and fundraising efforts.

If you would like to help St John’s by donating some money, some time, support, goods for our shops or anything at all that you think could help us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01524 382538 or visit www.sjhospice.org.uk
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