St Bees - A Cumbrian Coastal Village
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.
Feedback – As this updated web site is work in progress, feedback would be appreciated – if you have suggestions or comment, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.