Beaches and Coast

St Bees Bay

St Bees Bay extends in a long sweep from the promenade at the foot of the South Head to Seamill lane, about a mile away.

Main Beach – at the north end

The beach at low tide is a vast expanse of red sand which is accessible at all times except for 2 or 3 hours on either side of high tide, when only the shingle is clear of the water. The main beach is well served with a concrete promenade, large car parks, play area, cafe, beach shop and toilets.

Seamill Beach – at the south end

Seamill beach can be accessed from the main beach by walking along the sand, or if the tide is in, along the golf course cliff paths.  At Seamill there is a small car park, but access is limited at the railway underbridge – headroom 1.9m. There are no visitor facilities at this end of the beach. 

The whole bay is a beach, but visitor facilities are at the north end. St Bees Head is accessed by a cliff path from the promenade.

The main beach at the north of the bay has two large car parks. There is a smaller one at Seamill, but with limited access.


A defibrillator is located at the main beach toilet block . See Medical Facilities for more information.


There are toilets open every day at the Main Beach car park. They are managed by St Bees Parish Council and are free to use.

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