St Bees

St Bees is a small, picturesque village on the western coast of Cumbria, Copeland District, in the UK. The historical location has a legacy dating back around 1,000 years and has its long sandy beach have made it a popular holiday destination for over 150 years. St Bees village is located on the edges of the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, The Lake District National Park and is four miles south of Whitehaven.

St Bees Attractions

The village lies beneath St Bees Head, which is the most westerly point of Northern England, consequently its red sandstone cliffs tower over the Irish Sea. In addition to the village hall, there are plenty of things to do and see. Visitors explore the railway station, museum, exceptional Boarding School and the remarkable Priory church landmark to visit. The Cumbrian village is named after St Bega, who travelled from Ireland in the 9th Century. Bega founded the priory, which is now the site for the Church of St. Marys and St. Bega. St Bees is known widely as the starting point for Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk to Robin Hood’s Bay.


St Bees railway station is a parking stop on the Cumbrian Coast Line, running between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. The station belongs to Network Rail and is operated by Northern Trains. The village station is a mandatory stop on the line, which subsequently touches base at Sellafield, Foxfield, Whitehaven and Millom.

St Bees Man

Following an archaeological dig at the site of St Bega’s Church, there was an amazingly well-preserved body discovered. The mummy has be famously labelled the ‘St Bees Man’. The 600-year-old body was subsequently identified as a Crusade Knight named Anthony de Lucy!

Independent School

St Bees School is an independent boarding school that was founded in 1583 by Edmuund Grindal, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was born there. The education institution is one of England’s oldest schools and teaches children aged 11 to 18.

Location: Wood Lane, CA27 0DS.

St Bees Head

St Bees Head is a famous Heritage Coast and an RSPB seabird reserve. The coast supports northwest England’s only cliff-nesting seabird colony. There are three rather excellent vantage points which allow visitors to spectate the undeniably amazing wildlife, such as: black guillemots, razor-bills, puffins, and herring gulls. Along the west coast, walkers can enjoy a beautiful cliff top walk. Subsequently, on a clear day, you can peer across the Irish Sea to see the Isle of Man.

St Bees Beach

The Cumbrian beach covers a long stretch along the coast, with sand, clear sea and rock pools to explore. The water quality here is rated ‘Excellent’

Tide Times

The tide times at the Saint Bees Head beach are listed below on a three day rolling period:

Coast to Coast Packhorse Logo

Walk, run or cycle across Alfred Wainwright’s iconic Coast to Coast Way for the adventure holiday of a lifetime.