St Bees is a lovely little village just south of St Bees Head with a population of about 1,800. St Bees has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years; it has a large sandy beach and nearby is the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head and this is the only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales and a nationally important seabird reserve. St Bees Head is split into two, the North Head and the South Head and nestled between both of them is possibly one of the Cumbrian Coast’s best kept secrets; Fleswick Bay. Fleswick Bay has one of the grandest situations of any beach in Britain and is only accessible on foot or by boat. There is no sand, but a very fine shingle which all lays on an impressive wave-cute platform.
St Bees Bay has its own lovely little promenade and stretches out for about a mile. At low tide there is a vast expanse of red sand studded rock pools. The sand 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. This beach was awarded a 2013 Quality Coast Award which recognises the cleanliness of the beach and in 2012 was declared one of the two cleanest beaches in Cumbria.
Seacote Beach is at the north of the bay and is the most popular beach because of the easy access to visitors and its proximity to the South Head. Facilities include two large car parks, public toilets, a hotel (the Seacote offered by ukbreakaways), a children’s play area, a beach café and a lovely little shop. Seacote beach is also the starting point of the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk.
Seamill Beach can only be accessed via Seamill Lane and is highly recommended for only pedestrians due to the narrow lanes and railway bridge, although the beach has no facilities, it can be used as an interesting circular village walk using either the beach or at a high tide, the golf course path.
Of course, St Bees only being a few miles from the Lake District National Park makes this the perfect place to tour the Western Lakes and many of the attractions along the west coast allowing easy access without all the crowds of people from the more popular areas. The Western Lake District is full of natural beauty and rural charm. No matter what you want to do, get stuck into some activities or just watch the beautiful sunset over the sea or just enjoy a coastal walk.
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The Seacote enjoys a wonderful location in a small cove on the West Cumbrian Coast, ideal for exploring the western Lake District.
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