StBees (approx. 5 miles)


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Maps: OS Explorer Map (303) Whitehaven and Workington. map
Start: NX 961 118 - the seafront at St Bees.
Route: Most of the route follows a spectacular section of the England Coast Path (and also the start of the unofficial Coast to Coast Path) - and most of it follows a clear clifftop path along the Heritage Coastline that is the most westerly in northern England. The inland loop crosses a large field where there is no path visible on the ground, but then follows clear paths and tracks before returning to the coast.
Links to route files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers) or .gpx (expored from OSMaps - for many handheld devices).
More info: route profile
Refreshments: The Beach Cafe is close to the start and finish of the walk. If you explore further into the village there are pubs and a bistro.
monument at St Bees celebrating the starting point of Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk This monument on the seafront at St Bees celebrates the starting point of Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk. We start off by following his route north west along the seafront.







bridge across Rottington Beck, St Bees At the end of the promenade, follow the path to cross this bridge over Rottington Beck. Climb the stepped path up the hillside
clifftop path north of St Bees to reach the clifftop path. There's still more climbing ahead, along with plenty of evidence of how prone to erosion this part of the coast is.
clifftop path north of St Bees, looking back to St Bees There's a convenient bench on which to get your breath back after the climb - and to admire the view to the south. Pass through a kissing gate, after which the path climbs again.
clifftop path north of St Bees - viewpoint looking west Another kissing gate leads to the remains of a coast guard lookout point, with plaques identifying what can be seen to the north, west and south. The picture is looking west to the Isle of Man. Leave the viewpoint via the kissing gate and follow the path
clifftop path north of St Bees which runs alongside a post and wire fence for most of its length, passing through a number of kissing gates
clifftop path north of St Bees, looking towards Fleswick Bay before descending towards Fleswick Bay.
clifftop path north of St Bees, close to Fleswick Bay Before reaching the Bay, turn right by a kissing gate with footpath markers. Walk up alongside the fence to a ....
between Fleswick Bay and Hannah Moor Lane stile. Climb the stile to enter
between Fleswick Bay and Hannah Moor Lane a large, sloping field. Walk diagonally across the field to
between Fleswick Bay and Hannah Moor Lane a ladder stile. Climb the stile and walk alongside a stone wall to another stile.
Hannah Moor Lane Follow the path over further stiles, towards a transmitter tower.
Hannah Moor Lane Just beyond the transmitter there is a junction of roads/tracks. Bear left along the road, then almost immediately
near St Bees Lighthouse take the track on the right (if you wish to shorten the walk, you could continue along the road).
near St Bees Lighthouse Follow the lane through the gateway pictured.
footpath leading towards coastal path near St Bees Head Where the track bends to the right through a gap in the hedge - continue straight ahead (there is a circular footpath sign on a wooden post, but it's so faded it's impossible to read).
re-joining the coastal path, north of St Bees lighthouse A little further on the path we're on re-joins the coastal path - continue ahead.
the coastal path, north of St Bees lighthouse The path leads through the first of a number of well-constructed kissing gates
the coastal path, north of St Bees lighthouse and over a recently built bridge - is the work on this section of the path in preparation for its official designation as part of the England Coast Path?
the coastal path, north of St Bees lighthouse Despite the recent work on the footpath - it is likely to continue to have to be moved inland as the cliffs are eroded!
the coastal path, north of St Bees lighthouse This kissing gate leads to the section of the clifftop which is the most westerly in northern England.
former foghorn building, St Bees Head The building in the photograph used to house the foghorn, part of the complex
St Bees Lighthouse of lighthouse buildings, most of which which are to the left of the path. Continue along the clifftop path
St Bees Head taking heed of the warnings!
St Bees Head This gate leads to one of several clifftop viewing areas provided by the RSPB.
St Bees Head After pausing to watch the clifftop bird life, carry on along the path
Fleswick Bay towards Fleswick Bay. The vehicles in the field were completing exploratory drilling to intersect a coal seam. Hopefully commercial extraction of further fossil fuels will not be allowed - why is exploratory drilling allowed on this stretch of coast which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest? Why are we still even thinking about extracting fossil fuels?
Fleswick Bay The path descends towards the bay.
Fleswick Bay Follow the path as it winds to the left through a kissing gate, over a stream
Fleswick Bay then back to the right and through a second kissing gate. The path then ascends towards another kissing gate
coastal path between Fleswick Bay and St Bees after which you are re-tracing your steps
coastal path between Fleswick Bay and St Bees - approaching St Bees along the path back to St Bees.

All text and images ©Graham Dean, November, 2016.


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