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    Morecambe Bay Walk

    Both me and Flobo decided to make an attempt of
    crossing Morecambe Bay on foot.

    One of those things, you think of doing but don't
    get around to.


    Yesterday, we did.

    We joined in with a large number of people who were doing the
    crossing for a Cancer Charity undertaking, we raised a good few
    'quid' ourselves from several sponsors.

    We were up bright and early, and drove to Flookburgh
    on the southern most tip of one of the Lakeland peninsulas.





    Quite an active start to the day.

    From Flookburgh we were taken by coach to the starting point
    of the walk, at Silverdale on the far side of The Bay.



    A pleasant drive, but he had to make several detours
    as the narrow country lanes in the location were busy with
    various village celebrations.


    Then we had to walk the last mile or so to the start point
    as the road became to narrow for the coach.



    A nice enough coach, pleasant country roads in the
    general location.



    The Bay looked terrific from Silverdale.

    It sported a super camping site with excellent facilities.

    We were to leave from the beach at this point.



    They'd promised rain, so the hot sun was
    a much unexpected bonus.



    Great visibility which is appreciated on The Bay.




    Looking at this photograph, the route across The Bay, would take us
    a measured 8.3 mile walk to the furthest spot you can see in the
    top left hand corner of the photograph.




    Folk were signing in, as is obviously required.

    Some appeared to be well laden with extras.

    Why not. Enjoy the day.




    The Camping Ground was well worth taking photographs of.



    Follow the path down to the large tree in the photograph.

    Go for it Flobo.



    A nice section for camping.



    Wow, it looks like a long way. Believe me, it was.



    As this fellow said, "What the hell am I doing this for?"




    Getting closer.



    He was out guide, we had to follow the Tractor.



    See you later Silverdale.
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    And the men all dance on the polka dots
    It's closing time !

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    No turning back now.




    Good lass Flobo, we can do it.



    Quite a good start.



    We didn't quite look like this at the other end though.



    It got really rough when three folk were swallowed
    up in 'seconds' by quick sand. It got worse, one up to
    his arm pits, he was obviously terrified.

    Others became stuck as they tried to help out.




    The Tractor was still merrily going along.




    More details and photographs through the week.

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    Being a Southerner I don't know a lot about what happens up North

    Morecambe bay was put on the map some years back,terrible outcome for the Chinese cockle pickers.

    Very dangerous piece of coast line,thank F*** you have a guild.

    Good work Mathos

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    Aargh! You've left us hanging with the people stuck in the quicksand. So dangerous when the tide is coming back in.

    What a lovely day out, until that part.

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    Damn, where are you ?

    Quicksand. Yikes !

    Lovely looking walk.

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    Know all the places you mentioned, lovely part of the UK.
    Thanks for the report. Brings back happy memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Damn, where are you ?

    Quicksand. Yikes !

    Lovely looking walk.
    Not a bad question Willy as its natural to want to see persons in a Photo!

    Not going to shout about it but think I have spotted Flo and Mathos

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    Cheers Mathos. Brings back mixed memories of the time I did the walk, I was about 9 years old. We started from Hest bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    It got really rough when three folk were swallowed up in 'seconds' by quick sand. It got worse, one up to his arm pits, he was obviously terrified. Others became stuck as they tried to help out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    The Tractor was still merrily going along.
    They have Thai tractor drivers in Morecombe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke
    They have Thai tractor drivers in Morecombe?


    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Then we had to walk the last mile or so to the start point as the road became to narrow for the coach.
    Sounds like the whole tour was planned by Somchai Travel

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    Looks like it would be a dam windy and cold place in winter EH.

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    Nice pictures, thanks. For a good cause too.

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    Great. Just hope you made it to the other side in one piece!!

    I've been to Morecombe, years ago. Nice town and nice people.

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    ^ Cheers Patsy, we may have met?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Damn, where are you ?

    Quicksand. Yikes !

    Lovely looking walk.
    The thread was being posted live.

    They sunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy View Post
    ^ Cheers Patsy, we may have met?
    I drove down from Edinburgh for a weekend with a boyfriend who had met some people from Morecambe on holiday in Mallorca and met up with them.

    It was about, cough cough coooough, 30 years ago....!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravesend Dave View Post
    Being a Southerner I don't know a lot about what happens up North

    Morecambe bay was put on the map some years back,terrible outcome for the Chinese cockle pickers.

    Very dangerous piece of coast line,thank F*** you have a guild.

    Good work Mathos
    You summed it up well G. Dave,

    I'm glad we did the walk, but I think some better control
    of the walkout on the most dangerous Bay in the Country
    was needed.

    The deaths 10 years ago of 23 Chinese cockle pickers
    who were searching for a "better life" has had a lasting
    effect on all those associated with the disaster in Morecambe Bay.

    The events of that night left indelible memories for everyone
    involved - from the sole Chinese survivor and witness -
    to the lifeboat crew who found themselves confronted by a "sea of bodies".

    On 5 February 2014, Chinese cockle pickers were at work in the
    dark but facing the incoming tide.

    A rescue operation began after one cockler, Guo Bing Long,
    called 999 and told police:

    "Sinking water, many many, sinking water... Sinking water, sinking water."
    A terrible death for 23 people who were basically 'slaves'

    BBC News - Skull found in Morecambe Bay 'belongs to cockle ...



    It was a good job there were plenty of young men in the large
    party, it could have been a mega disaster, no two ways about that at
    all in my opinion.

    It was close.

    In the above snap I took, you can see one chap who
    had been assisting to get another out, was very quickly
    taken down to his waste.


    I've known of quads, and tractors going under forever in
    this bay, chap I was talking to mentioned cars going under
    in the past.

    Nothing is ever seen again either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy View Post
    Cheers Mathos. Brings back mixed memories of the time I did the walk, I was about 9 years old. We started from Hest bank.
    Cheers Charlie.

    It's not an easy walk, not easy at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    It got really rough when three folk were swallowed up in 'seconds' by quick sand. It got worse, one up to his arm pits, he was obviously terrified. Others became stuck as they tried to help out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    The Tractor was still merrily going along.
    They have Thai tractor drivers in Morecombe?

    A classic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke
    They have Thai tractor drivers in Morecombe?


    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Then we had to walk the last mile or so to the start point as the road became to narrow for the coach.
    Sounds like the whole tour was planned by Somchai Travel

    Ditto Albert.

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    Terry

    Looks like it would be a dam windy and cold place in winter EH.

    Definitely.

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    Nice pictures, thanks. For a good cause too.

    Thank you.

    ___________________________________


    Patsy:-


    Great. Just hope you made it to the other side in one piece!!

    I've been to Morecombe, years ago. Nice town and nice people.

    We did love, thanks. x

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    Gerbil

    The thread was being posted live.

    They sunk


    Cheers Pal, we made it to the other side, just about.

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    Hope I haven't missed anybody out here!




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    Have to say it was a concerning period.

    There were several folk, terrified when they realised what was
    happening.

    I thought we were going to lose one guy.



    Like I mentioned good job there were plenty of
    able bodied guys about.

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    To say concerned is an understatement.



    The last one being towed out,
    it was no easy task.




    Whilst this is a beautiful photograph, it made me think
    children should not be part and parcel of doing this
    crossing.

    It's extremely dodgy to say the least.

    They won't let them play conkers any longer.

    Dangerous!

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    We eventually got back on track, have to say,
    we were all very cautious.




    The next River Crossing on the bay was another
    episode in realising how powerful these tides can be.

    No more than high thigh deep where we crossed, but
    it was very powerful, we were careful and dog owners
    had to keep hold of their dogs, or they would have been
    swept away.

    All youngsters, were thankfully being carried by their parents.


    Concern was being made regarding the lack of information
    given at the time of booking.

    The bay is notorious for its quicksand
    and fast moving tides.

    It's commonly stated that the tide can come in:-

    "as fast as a horse can run"





    The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre all drain into the Bay.

    You can perhaps imagine the power generated by
    these forces entering one large natural bowl.





    Some ominous skies at times, thankfully they were carried inland
    by the sea breeze.


    They do parachute jumping in these locations,

    I think this was one of the planes.




    Some Wag called for SOS to be scrawled in the sand!



    It's a vast area, when you get to the front of the line
    then look at it like this.

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    I think this was the last but one Channel we had to go
    through before we were on the last stretch of dry sand to the finish point at
    Flookburgh Airfield. (Next door to it anyhow).




    It can be ankle deep then suddenly drop to thigh deep.

    I was holding back to get the photographic opportunities.



    Worth it as well.



    We knew the tide had turned,
    glad to be on the last mile or so at this point.

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