I made a decision on this journey to do something very different. From the outset I had made the serious rod for my own back to sail on various sea going craft on each region. I decided to break that rule for the one and only time to truly get my feet wet by walking across the sands and water of Morcambe Bay.
|Among the hundreds of Pink T-shirts|
|The rail viaduct at Arnside , the only way across the Bay so close to the open sea|
I have always been fascinated by estuaries and to walk across across the mysterious and very dangerous Morcambe Bay was an excited opportunity too good to miss.
The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre drain into the Bay, with their various estuaries making a number of peninsulas within the bay. Much of the land around the bay is reclaimed, forming salt marshes used in agriculture. Morecambe Bay is also an important wildlife site, with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats, and there is a bird observatory at Walney Island. The bay has been fished for its rich cockle beds by locals for generations.
The only safe way across the Bay is to walk with a guide, the current Queens guide to the sands is Cedric Robinson MBE who became the 63rd guide in 1963. Cedric has been guiding charity groups across year in year out, weather permitting for the princely some of £15 a year.
|Cedric Robinson MBE The Queens guide to the sands.|
To join a walk I decided to gate crash another charities 'party' as all walks are linked specific charities.
|Troon station at 5.15 am|
|Looking across the bay to the Lake District|
|Way out into the bay before wading through knee deep water|
|Laurel branch markers.. part of Cedric's guidance for safety across the sands|
|Heading into the deep water of the River Kent as it traverses the Bay|
|The beauty of Morcambe Bay|
|The original clock from the classic film Brief Encounter|
Soon we were rolling into Lancaster to connect my East coast line train back to Scotland. With time on my hands I managed to get a quick look at medieval Lancaster castle.
|The stunning facade of Lancaster Castle.|
The homeward back to Scotland, that was certainly tiring and at the same time rewarding .. definitely a brief encounter with the Irish sea.