St Bees - A Cumbrian Coastal Village

Latest News

England Coastal Path (ECP) now open at St Bees. 

The new section of the England Coast Path (ECP) from Whitehaven to Silecroft, which runs along the coast at St Bees, was opened on 31st March 2021. This is a National Trail managed by Natural England. The hidden coast south of St Bees has been opened up to the public for the first time, with extensive footpath engineering and waymarking.  See our page on  Walks for more detail.

Lottery Grant for Village Hall

The Village Hall has been awarded a Lottery Community Fund Local Connections grant in March 2021 and as a result the hall now has a Wi-Fi internet connection for the use of all hirers. See Village Hall for more details.

The village  of St Bees sits next to St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Northern England,  between the Lakeland fells and the Irish Sea. It has a history going back over 1,000 years and has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years.

There is a large sandy beach with a promenade and visitor facilities, and to the north are the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head; which is the only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales and an important RSPB seabird reserve. 

St Bees is known for its Norman Priory dating from 1120 dedicated to our own Saint Bega, who is said to have landed here from Ireland in AD 850, and for it’s independent school founded in 1583.

St Bees is only a few miles from the English Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s an ideal base to explore both the Western Lakes and the Cumbrian Coast. It is the start of the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk to Robin Hood’s Bay and is on the England Coast Path which is a National Trail.

Visitor Information

In a hurry to check something out? In this section you will find most of the information needed to help you with your visit.

St Bees visitors at c2c start


The village has much to offer by way of community, social ad sporting facilities. Whether a visitor or planning a move to the village, this will help you.

St Bees garden party

Village & History

The village has a known history dating back over 1,000 years, covering topics such as St Bega, the Theological College and the discovery of St Bees Man.

St Bees village history

Village Events

Throughout the year various special events are held. Most are detailed on our Facebook page. Regular ones are listed here.

St Bees village fete

Maps & aerial photos

Local area maps including Google Map access and full Site Index.

St Bees maps

Parish Council

Full details of all Parish Council activities are available here.    

St Bees Parish councillors

Everything else!

Inevitably, some information will not fit easily into other sections.

St Bees Priory bells


Feedback – As this updated web site is work in progress, feedback would be appreciated – if you have suggestions or comment, please email them to, but note that work is still ongoing, so missing pages is due to that.

The original St Bees web site was created several years ago and grew over the years until it contained well over 500 pages. It was well overdue for revision and this is the first stage of that revision. Rather than delay this upgrade unduly, we have chosen to concentrate initially on the more essential information required by those visiting or planning to move to the area. Other information will be moved over the course of the next few weeks. 

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