St Bees, although a small village, has a number of features worthy of visit. Apart from a number of local walks, not to mention the start of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, there is a splendid 11th century Priory, one of the finest buildings in Cumbria. It was here that the St Bees Man was found in 1981.
We are lucky to be tucked below St Bees Head, a majestic sweep of cliffs that supports northwest England’s only cliff-nesting seabird colony, situated between Whitehaven and St. Bees in west Cumbria. Three viewing points give you superb views of the colony and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Man across the sea.
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For more information about the village see the local web site.
Within just a short hop on the train from St Bees, or 10 minutes in the car, you can visit Whitehaven. A Georgian town which has an interesting history and a lovely harbour. Along the harbour front there is a selection of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants, and also easy access to a range of shops within the town. If you would like to find out a bit more about the rum heritage, you can visit the Rum Story, or pop in to the Beacon Museum for various exhibitions and interactive displays during the year.
St Bees is an ideal touring base for the quieter and beautiful western Lakes and Fells. By car, Wasdale, Ennerdale and Bassenthwaite can be reached within 30-40 minutes. Keswick is just a few minutes beyond Bassenthwaite, and the heart of the Lake District can be reached in just over an hour. There are stunning walks and drives around the area. Wasdale was voted Britain’s Best View in 2007, and it is not difficult to see why. If you fancy a drive out in that direction. there are some fantastic pubs and tea rooms that are along the route.
If you would like any guidance on where to go or places to eat, just ask one of us and we will be happy to give some suggestions. We look forward to welcoming you to Stone House Farm soon.