3.3 of 5 (11 votes)

St Bees and its lighthouse

A moderate walk (coast) in Cumbria, England, about 11.10km (6.90 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 135m (442ft)
Descent 128m (419ft)
Max. Elevation 120m (393ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 263m (861ft)
Start & End
St Bees
Distance 11.10km
Duration ~3:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 18 Dec 2014
This walk circuits the headland near St Bees, best-known to walkers as the starting point for the Coast to Coast walk. There's plenty to enjoy on this shorter walk, including the lighthouse and the bird colonies on the cliffs around the headland.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid NX969118
Take the train to St Bees station.
OS Grid NX967122
Head left out of the station, then right along Abbey Road. At the junction, turn left along Scale Barrow towards the coast.
About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid NX960126
Not the most charming of village names, but don't let that put you off. Continue through the village along the road.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid NX961143
At Sandwith Newtown, teurn left at the first junction.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid NX957149
Follow the road and keep heading towards the beach.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid NX956154
You join the coastal path at Saltom Bay. Head southwards along the path.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid NX940144
As you turn the corner, you reach St Bees lighthouse. This is a new lighthouse; the old one was the last coal-powered lighthouse in Britain.
About 1.89 km (~1.17 miles) from
OS Grid NX943134
Continue along the path to St Bees Head, home to some black guillemots: www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/s/stbeeshead
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid NX953118
Continue past Fleswick Bay and on to South Head. This is the start of the coast to coast path (not marked on OS maps as it's not an official long-distance path).
About 1.87 km (~1.16 miles) from
OS Grid NX962117
Just beyond the camping and caravan park, head up Beech Road into St Bees.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid NX971118
The Queens Hotel near the station is a good spot for the post-walk pint, and popular with those setting off on the Coast to Coast.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from

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Bert Hatley
30 Jun 2016
St Bees Map

Great help. The only site I could find that gave the info I needed.

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