St Bees - A Cumbrian Coast Village

The Whitehaven cycling and walking study area

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, is now open. This is a new National Trail, and the coast south of the village 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. Also on that page are the St Bees circular walks leaflets which have just been revised.
Cumbria County Council cycling and walking route consultation

 See Whitehaven and St Bees area. for details. This will set the policy in local area for many years.  Closes 6th August. Click here for our “Valley Link” cycle track overview Rev 7  proposal which would use a near-level route along the St Bees Valley to Mirehouse and national cycle routes 71/72. If you support this please say in the survey. The survey covers the area in map above. 

St Bees has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years. The village sits beneath St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Northern England, and there is a long sandy beach with a promenade and visitor facilities. 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.

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.

The village’s  history goes back over 1,000 years. It has a Norman Priory dating from 1120 dedicated to our own Saint Bega, who is said to have landed here from Ireland in AD 850, and has an independent school founded in 1583.

Visitor information

How to get here? –  What to do? – where to stay?

Beaches & Coast

There is a large sandy beach, with car park, cafe and play park at the north end.

Walking

Wainwright Coast to Coast, the England Coast Path, and other walks

Sport & Leisure

Indoor, outdoor, dry or wet, opportunities are many

History

The village has a history dating back over 1,000 years

Facilities

Village facilities; visitors, community, social and sporting.

Village Events

Throughout the year various special events are held.  Regular ones are listed

Parish Council

Full details of all Parish Council activities are available here.    

Promenade and St Bees Head
Fleswick Bay
St Bees Priory
Founded 1120, open to the public
Village History Displays
Located in the Priory, open to the public.
St Bees School
Village Centre
Village in Bloom
Lifeboat Rescue Practice
Isle of Man from St Bees
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The original St Bees village web site was created over two decades ago and grew over the years until it contained well over 500 pages. During 2020 the site was re-written to allow better access from smartphones and tablet computers. The site is subject to continual revision and comments are welcome. please email  sbwebmaster@stbees.org.uk . The domain name stbees.org.uk is owned by St Bees Parish Council, and the site is maintained by volunteers.

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