Child ticket for the Cross Bay Walk on 11 August.
Staff from the county’s official Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP) are inviting both individuals and teams to join them for a ‘Cross Bay Walk’ from Arnside to Grange on Sunday 11 August.
The walk across Morecambe Bay will be led by the royally-appointed King’s Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, who will help walkers traverse the ever-changing flats and channels as they take in the Bay’s exceptional scenery and wildlife. A previous recipient of the ‘Unsung Hero’ accolade at the Cumbria Tourism Awards, Michael is an experienced and knowledgeable guide who also went on to scoop a gold award at last year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
The exact length of the route depends on conditions on the day, but is expected to be around 6 to 8 miles. Everyone signing up with Cumbria Tourism for the walk will be helping raise money for its newly-created 50th Anniversary Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation.
Launched to coincide with Cumbria Tourism’s landmark 50th year, the fund will help people aged 16+ access career opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry by providing support for specialist equipment, training, study materials, travel costs and more. In turn, it’s hoped the extra support will enhance in-county opportunities and inspire more people who are interested in pursuing tourism and hospitality careers but have previously been put off by the associated costs.
The organisation has set a fundraising target of £50,000 for 2024, with plans to replicate this over each of the next four years to create an Acorn fund that will continue giving long into the future. Acorn Funds are invested, with the returns being used to fund grants and ensure long-term support for the voluntary and community organisations that Cumbria Community Foundation works with.
Anyone wanting to take part in August’s Cross Bay Walk will pay £15, with the option of raising additional funds by collecting sponsorship money too. Individuals and teams are welcome, alongside friends, family members and dogs. There are 90 spaces on the walk, available on a first-come, first served basis, so early booking is recommended.
Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, says, “Not only will our Cross Bay walkers be helping a good cause which supports our future tourism talent, but it’s a totally unique way to come together to explore our landscape and celebrate one of the special places which underpins our world-class destination.
“As our 50th anniversary, 2024 is a special year to celebrate what we have and is a great catalyst for us to focus on the future of our visitor economy, developing a long-term fund which will help encourage and support young people to stay within the county and kickstart their training and future careers within the tourism industry.”
Find out more about everything happening for Cumbria Tourism’s 50th Anniversary here.
For sponsorship opportunities please see here.
MORE INFO (from the Bay Walk team)
Your walk start time is 9.45am on 11 August 2024, please make sure all of your walkers are in Arnside 30 minutes before that time as we need a headcount of your group prior to the briefing. All walkers must be accounted for.
Meeting point is In front of the Albion pub on the slipway.
No refunds are offered due to bad weather or changes in your circumstance, if your Guide Michael cancels your walk due to safety concerns you will be offered an alternate date within a 12 month period.
We do have certificates for sale at the end of the walk so make sure you bring a contactless payment method or change to purchase one. They are signed by the King’s Guide, Michael Wilson, for a minimum donation of £2, you can also get a photo with Michael at the end of the walk too. Monies raised for the sale of certificates keep our trusty vintage tractors and their drivers in good condition year after year.
Should you require any additional information please feel free to contact us – 07568080904 (The Bay Walk Team)