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Welcome to St Bees!

St Bees is on the most westerly tip of the Cumbrian coast, about 40 miles south of the Scottish border. It's a small, friendly community with a population of about 1,800.

It's well known for the Norman Priory of St Mary and St Bega dating from 1120, for St Bees School, a 400 year-old independent school, and to countless numbers of walkers as the start of the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk.

It's also been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years. There is a large sandy beach, and nearby are the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head, which is the only Heritage Coast between Wales and Scotland and is a nationally important seabird reserve.

Of course, there is much more than this to the village and the surrounding area. Although only a few miles from the Lake District National Park, because St Bees is off the beaten track it enjoys the benefits of the the Lakes without the crowds of the more popular areas. It's therefore an ideal base from which to tour both the Western Lakes, and the many attractions along the west coast.

And if you are considering a move to the area, you couldn't pick a nicer and friendlier community. Some of the newcomers to the village have said that this web site influenced their decision to settle here!

The top menu items on the left give quick access to the more popular pages on the web site. The other menus on the left lead onto more than 400 web pages and 600 images.......read on. And the Go Lakes web site has a good video here.

Clicking on the images below takes you to a "lucky dip" of quick access pages.

St Bees - Beach from Tomlin head
St Bees School in snow
St Bees - View from Whitehaven Road
St Bees Priory Dragon stone

St Bees - View from Whitehaven Road
St Bees Priory Dragon stone


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