Join Cumbria’s High Sheriff for cross bay walk challenge

The High Sheriff of Cumbria, Chris Holmes, is inviting people to join him as he takes on a Cross Bay Walk challenge.

The walk across Morecambe Bay on Saturday, 29 June will be led by the King’s Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, who will help walkers navigate the ever-changing flats and channels as they take in the Bay’s scenery and wildlife.

Everyone signing up for the walk will be helping to raise money for the High Sheriff’s Fund, which supports community groups and organisations throughout Cumbria.

High Sheriff Chris Holmes said: “I know the Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk is on many people’s bucket lists so I hope a lot will sign up to join me on the day. It’s a challenge that can only safely be tackled under expert guidance, so I am delighted to have the King’s Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, to lead our walk.

“It was a great honour to be appointed High Sheriff and I am keen to raise as much money as I can towards the High Sheriff’s Fund throughout my year in office, to support worthy causes across the county.”

The High Sheriff’s Fund is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, with aims including tackling youth crime, supporting vulnerable older people, improving the health and wellbeing of Cumbrian communities, and supporting other charitable groups selected by the High Sheriff.

At the end of their year in office in March, the High Sheriff chooses projects and groups to receive a grant. This year, 22 grants totalling £16,400 were awarded by the outgoing High Sheriff Samantha Scott, and three organisations also received the prestigious High Sheriff’s Shield – Eden Rivers Trust, Wigton Theatre Club and 1st Wetheral Brownies.

All ticket proceeds from the cross bay walk will go to the High Sheriff’s Fund and walkers also have the option to collect sponsorship to further boost the total raised.

Places on the walk, which goes from Arnside to Grange-over-Sands, can be booked online at a cost of £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £2 for dogs.

The exact length of the route depends on conditions and tides on the day but is expected to be between five and nine miles.

Walkers must register in Arnside at 10.20am on 29 June, to set off walking at 11.20am.

Anyone who would like to support the High Sheriff’s Fund but cannot attend on the day can make a donation via the fundraising page at

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