Fourth Cross Morecambe Bay Walk 9th June 2018 1.30pm start

Dear friends

I am organising another fundraiser for Bridge2aid and invite you to join me on another adventure across Morecambe bay, led by the Queen’s guide to the sands, Cedric Robinson.

It will take place on Saturday 9th June starting at 1.30pm from the promenade in Arnside (opposite the Albion pub).look out for the balloons! The walk will finish at Kent’s Bank approx 3-4 hours later, is about 4-5 miles in length and is a unique experience. If you are a first-timer please read previous posts to get a flavour of the event.

I am asking for a £10 donation for each walker and this can be made easily via charity link:

or for those people who prefer, cash on the day. More details later. If you would like to join me for another extraordinary walk, please email me at to express your interest. Cedric can safely escort 500 people so the more the merrier!

Hope to see many of you on the day.

Many thanks


Third crossbay adventure completed

Thanks to all those who joined in another fantastic walk on Saturday.  As usual the unique atmosphere of the bay kept everyone smiling throughout as Cedric guided us all safely across?  This time I managed to hang onto the helium balloons until the finish line and special thanks to all those who volunteered to bear balloons and tussle with the ‘light air’ which quickly changed to a brisk breeze! Another £1400 raised for Bridge2Aid.

look out for further updates and as soon as I have Cedric’s dates for next year I will plan a fourth and final crossing and hope to make it a Big One! So, if you have friends and family you would like to share this adventure with, please spread the word.

Cross Bay Walk Saturday 30th July 2016.

For the third year running I am helping Beidge2Aid to organise another fundraising event, crossing Morecambe Bay Sands with Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s Guide to the sands. This year Cedric celebrates 52 years in this role and has helped charities raise millions of pounds. He has walked more than twoce around the circumference of the world that we live in, most of it barefoot!

The walk will take place on Saturday 30th July starting in Arnside at 2.30pm sharp, finishing in Kents Bank about 3-4 hours later (the walk distance maybe slightly shorter this year as the channels and sands which are continually changing may allow Cedric a more direct route to the finish line).

Participants can choose to either do a car drop at Kents Bank and catch the train to the start of the walk or else catch the train back to the start. Car sharing is a good option too. I recommend people read my previous posts to get a flavour of what’s in store for them.

To register for the walk, please head to

If you are unable to do the walk but would like to donate to this fantastic charity, please head to

Walk completed in sunshine – five hundred people joined in the cross bay walk led by Cedric Robinson. The day was warm and balmy, in stark contrast to last year. The walk hugged the craggy shoreline in Arnside before striking off over the marsh and sands in zig zag fashion, to cross the river Kent and then onto the shore at Kents Bank railway station. The head of the posse crossed the finish line in 4 hours fifteen minutes, everyone with a smile of their face! Many thanks to all who took part. So far we have raised a further £2000 for Bridge2Aid. I hope to make this an annual event so please keep in touch for updates.

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Morecambe Cross bay Walk fundraiser planned for Saturday 8th August 2015 noon

I hope all my friends and supporters will join me for a second  cross bay walk led by Cedric Robinson on Saturday 8th August.  The walk will start in Arnside close to the pier at twelve noon sharp and finish near Kents bank railway station.  The walk is  approximately 7 miles and takes 3-4 hours. Be prepared for an amazing experience – walking across the bay with unrivalled views towards the Lakeland hills, joined by a group of people all with a common purpose is very rewarding whatever the weather!

Those of you who joined me last June will know that one has to be prepared to get wet!  Hopefully we will be blessed with some sunny weather this time, but the walk does involve crossing the river Kent and the water can be well over the knees! It is a good idea to wear old trainers or outdoor robust sandals and clothing that you do not mind getting wet in.  A small rucksack to carry essentials like suncream, water and snacks is advisable.

Options are to arrive in plenty of time and park your car at Kents Bank (roadside parking) so that it is ready for you at completion of the walk (don’t forget to bring change of clothes and towel).  There is a train from KB  at 10.40am, arriving Arnside at 10.50 which allows you an hour in Arnside before the start of the walk.  There are some lovely shops to browse around and two coffee stops, not to mention delicious ice cream at the Pier shop.

Alternatively park in Arnside (roadside and limited shore car park) and on completion of the walk catch the train back to Arnside.  There is one at 15.30 from Kents Bank (maybe tight on time) or 16.59.  This latter one would give time to walk on to Grange over Sands and enjoy afternoon tea in one of the many teashops close to the railway station – train departs there at 17.04 for Arnside (arrives 17.09)

You can either donate on my Just Giving page ( or donate on the day.  I am suggesting a donation of £5-£10 per person (or whatever you feel able to give).

Cedric can take 500 people, so the more the merrier.  Spread the word and bring along as many people as you can to join in.  Dogs seem to enjoy it to although can get confused by the lack of normal doggy smells to guide them on their way.

If you can give me an idea of numbers it would help in the organisation of the event.  Email me at


£10,000 raised in fundraising efforts

Thanks  to the generosity of my friends, family and all who joined in the event last June, the grand total raised for this brilliant charity was £10,000!

A team of three from the Kendal Oasis practice went out to Tanzania in October, joining a volunteer programme in Musoma in the Lake region. We took part in a well-organised training programme and over the two weeks spent several days with Clinical Officers, passing our our skills and knowledge, enabling them to provide urgent pain relief to their districts. The 6 officers serve rural communities of between 8-10,000 people. So a further 60,000 Tanzanians now have access to this basic care.

Our next event will take place on Saturday 8th August 2015 for another fun day crossing Morecambe Bay. The walk will start from Arnside promenade at 12 noon and finish in Kent’s Bank close to the railway station. I am suggesting a minimum donation of £5 which will be collected on the day. If we can get 500 people on the walk (Cedric’s maximum) that will enable us to make a significant contribution to the valuable work of Bridge2Aid.

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Fantastic Bridge2Aid Cross Bay Walk

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Over 200 people enjoyed a fantastic experience walking across Morecambe Bay.  Braving wet and windy conditions the colourful pink and blue army marched in true D-Day spirit across the sands led by Cedric Robinson, The Queen’s Guide to the Sands.  To date over £5000 has been raised and you can still contribute via  A big thank you to all who have contributed to date.

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Water aheadSome walkers enjoying a paddle

Watch this space for more updates.


Details of Cross Bay walk 7th June 2014

check-upsThe Cross Bay Walk is in aid of the charity Bridge2aid which is a Dental and Developmental charity. Many of you will know how painful toothache can be, but did you know that 75% of the world’s population has no access to the simplest form of dental pain relief or treatment? As Lead Dentist at Oasis  dental practice in Kendal, I am self-funding a trip to Tanzania and am trying to raise funds to enable dental nurse Mandy Hyde to join me. The trip involves working in very basic conditions, seeing up to a hundred people a day, many of whom have suffered from toothache for years! A local Tanzanian Clinical Officer (like a district nurse) is trained by us to continue this work, thereby offering a sustainable resource.  So far, bridge2aid has trained 350 clinical officers who continue to provide basic dental care to many thousands of Tanzanians.

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For more information about Bridge2aid please visit their website at

The walk will be approximately 4 miles (a shorter route than normal) and will be guided by Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands. Cedric can take up to 500 people on these walks and they are a unique experience which provides an unusual way of enjoying this lovely part of the world.

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We will be starting from Kents Bank near Grange-over-Sands at 12.30pm and aim to finish in Silverdale about 2.30pm. Cars can be parked near Kents Bank railway station. There are trains back from Silverdale to Kent’sBank at 3.36pm and 4.16pm. Alternatively cars can be parked in Silverdale and there is a train from Silverdale to Kents Bank at 11.43am which will get you there in good time for the start.

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I am hoping you will join in the fun with family, friends and friends of friends and sign up to the walk by contacting me at my email address – . Please give me names and addresses as, if you are eligible, it will enable Bridge2aid to claim Gift Aid which adds £2.50 to the pot for every £10 donated! It will also help me to know numbers; if we have less than 500 Cedric will want to open up the walk to other charities.

I am hoping for a minimum donation of £10 per head (£5 for children under 14) to participate in the walk. The easiest way to donate is via (give a little even if you don’t want to do the walk!) but you can pay on the day if you prefer to donate then. If you wish to raise more for us by getting friends and relatives to sponsor you, Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded here.

I will update this page with more information nearer the time and when I have an indication of numbers involved.

I am looking forward to a great day! Many thanks for visiting this site,

Melanie Yates BDSc.