Day 175 St Bees Head

Sunday 27 September 2015

Whitehaven to Braystones

11 miles

Tarnside Caravan Park

What a beautiful, sunny day for a drive through the Lake District. Jenny kindly drove me all the way back to Whitehaven to start walking again and it was a lovely drive via Keswick with great views of the mountains. 

As it was Sunday, Whitehaven was quite peaceful and the views across the harbour were lovely. 

Whitehaven harbour – once a fishing port
Looking down on The Candlestick and the harbour
   When I cycled the Coast-to-Coast in 2010 we started our ride from here and I had been told that it was good luck to take a stone from one coast to the other. When I was in Robin Hood’s Bay I found the smallest stone possible and carried it all the way around with me so I threw it into the Whitehaven harbour.  

The Candlestick
 The Candlestick was rather imposing on the cliff and there was a monument to signal the end of mining at Whitehaven when the Haig Pit closed in 1986.  

“The End of an Era”
 There was a steep climb up the cliff to the site of the coal pit, which is now a museum.  

The Haig Pit (now a museum)
 From here it was more uphill to get around St Bees Head, which looked beautiful in the sunshine.  

Looking towards St Bees Head
 It was an excellent, and well travelled, cliff top walk. The views across the sea and back to Scotland were outstanding on such a sunny day. Of course if I had the added bonus of great views of the mountains if I looked inland. It doesn’t get better than this.  

Looking back along the cliff, Galloway just visible in the distance
The view back to Whitehaven
The Lake District mountains
St Bees Head
 As I rounded St Bees Head I waved goodbye to Scotland and looked ahead towards Sellafield Nuclear Power Station and Morecambe Bay.   

Looking down the coast towards Sellafield and Morecambe Bay
 There was a beautiful little beach tucked into the cliffs between North and South Head and there were a few people sat enjoying the day.

A beach nestled in the cliffs at St Bees Head
  I carried on to the town of St Bees, the actual start of Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast walk. I think people thought that’s what I was doing.  

St Bees

No, I’m walking around the coast
 I decided to stop here and get a late lunch at the cafe as I didn’t think I’d find anywhere to eat near the campsite (this proved to be a good decision). So Slab pie and peas it was for me.  

Homemade slab pie (meat and potato) with gravy, yum
 From St Bees I walked a mixture of the stony beach and the cliff top or minor roads, depending on whether a path was visible across the fields or not. It looks like some of the cliff top path has been eroded away.  

Looking back at St Bees Head
The train line is always closest to the sea
 The last section was along the shingle beach and I was surprised to see a long row of houses built on the beach. The ‘road’ is just the beach and most cars were 4x4s. Very strange.  

The start of a ‘street’ of houses along the beach
 In the middle of this ‘street’ of houses was Braystones train station and the entrance to my campsite for the night. Great views.  


2 thoughts on “Day 175 St Bees Head

  1. chris frazer October 1, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Great weather and great views…….slab pie equally as impressive…..well done Juice.


  2. jomunday99 October 2, 2015 / 7:38 am

    About time you had some luck with the weather. Hope it continues so you can keep camping.


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