Stage 9: Seascale to St Bees — Cumbria Coastal Way
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
5.75 mi in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
An arrow-straight, 8.3-mile (13.4 km) amble along the seafront to St Bees village awaits you on this stage. Whether you find it impressive or depressing, the Sellafield nuclear power station is soon left behind as natural beauty takes hold once more. The railway line is a constant companion.
You follow the tracks from Seascale to Sellafield, where you pass underneath it and cross the River Calder. For a while the walk continues with the immense power of the sea on the left and the unseen power being generated in the huge nuclear facility on the right. You cross back to the seaward side of the railway and continue towards St Bees.
You pass a number of beach huts and bungalows, making use of some of the paths between them as relief from the stony beach. St Bees soon comes into view. A popular spot with holiday makers, it is famously the start of one of England’s most popular long-distance walks, the Coast to Coast, which finishes on the North Sea coast at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Thanks to its popularity, St Bees has plenty of accommodation if you are overnighting. A convenience store can be found on Main Street, as can the railway station.
January 28, 2021