Blogs from St Bees, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees August 11th 2022

Long 6 hour train journey from London. First 2hr 20mins to Preston (220 miles) - nice air con train enjoying the world whizzing past. Last 2 hrs 40 mins to St Bees (110miles) - packed train from the 80’s which was 32.8deg C (yes, Ellis had his thermometer with him); a lot of sweating….. Got to St Bees, checked into The Manor B&B and then headed straight for the beach for a paddle in the Irish Sea. An extra 2.5 miles just for the fun of it!, Back the The Manor for steak and ale pies and then an early night……….... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees May 19th 2022

The guidebook suggests day one as a 24km (720m elevation) hike from St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge… doable (with many, if not most, successfully achieving this), but given it’s only day one and knowing this distance and elevation is reaching the higher end of what we know we can do & more importantly enjoy, we decided to break this into two days: St Bees to Cleator (15km) and then Cleator to Ennerdale (9km). Now this does make them pretty short days which we managed to have done by lunch, but it meant we could relax into the walk, build our feet & backs up, enjoy the views more, and of course enjoy the local pubs with ease? ; besides, we got the gift of time so why not use it. The first part out of St ... read more
A photo doing no justice for the steepness of this descent

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees May 17th 2022

When you’ve grown up thinking anything past Bristol counts as the North, spending over 9 hours, on 4 different trains, makes you realise just how much more North there actually is in England! Thankfully, the whole journey (Plymouth to Bristol, to Birmingham, to Carlisle, to St Bees) went smoothly to plan, with just the very last train teasing us with its inability to keep the engine running (blocked filter which was quickly sorted). It was a long journey which went surprisingly quickly, spent people watching, listening to music, learning Spanish, eating (grateful for the pre bought snacks and lunch we had as there was no other opportunity to get anything with no time or no facilities; Carlisle station, our longest stop of 1hour, at 5:30pm, had nothing to offer other then a closing bar), and watching ... read more
I’ll take this one
Carlisle station
Here’s Johnny!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees August 21st 2019

20 August 2019, Tuesday This day started out with the good full English breakfast at Vallum Lodge. With my bags ready to go I walked to the Sill where I caught the AD 122 bus to Haltwhistle train station. At Haltwhistle, I saw Don and Sue, from Auckland, who had taken a taxi back from Gilland. They spent the night, then came to the station to catch the train to Newcastle. Fortunately, he could show me how to work the kiosk in order to buy my train ticket from Haltwhistle to St Bees. The train took me to Carlisle where I transferred to the train to St Bees. I arrived in St Bees, approximately 1:30 and was able to walk the short distance to the Stonehouse where we were are lodging for the evening. About an ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees September 28th 2017

I awoke having slept quite well through the night due to the fact Jess had been banished to the spare room as usual Pete was already awake and fidgeting; he is usually in a rush to get up and start the day and this morning even at 0620hrs it was no different. He hadn't been up long when he decided that he had miscalculated our departure time and in fact we needed to leave 30 minutes earlier than he had stated!! This of course threw me and his poor mother into a rush so I shook the cobwebs from my head and started to get ready, he had already packed my rucksack for me, I had some strange tube thing protruding from the top of it; I'm convinced because he wanted to take a photo of ... read more
Judy + Kate
Beautiful scenery
Gorgeous beach

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees September 28th 2017

Firstly you should know that I am posting this through my husbands account as he is more tech savvy than me, I am aiming to trek from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay on the UK Coast to Coast Trek which is roughly 180 miles in length. Those of you that know me well will realise that this will be a tough challenge for me I aim to raise as much money as possible for Combat Stress a charity close to my heart given that I know someone who received a lot of help from them. I will be making daily blog entries complete with photos with the best of luck, I hope you will follow my progress on my journey and we can enjoy the adventure together. Please consider sponsoring me in aid of Combat ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees July 27th 2015

After 23 hours of travel, we arrived in St. Bees Sunday evening. St. Bees is a charming little village on the Irish Sea. It is where most Coast to Coasters start their walk, though a few walk from west to east and end in St Bees. There are a few B&B's and a couple of inns with pubs as well as one small convenience store that also serves as the Post Office. The five of us set off this morning to hike from St. Bees to the town of Sandwith and made a return loop back to St.Bees which will decrease our miles tomorrow from 14 1/2 to less than 10. It turned out to be an excellent decision since we all learned a lot about what to wear in the rain! We learned that carrying ... read more
Dipping my boot in the Irish Sea
View from St. Bees Head

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » St Bees July 5th 2013

Hello Everyone! And so the 2013 travel begins. It all started, of course, in Kunming. An easy hop from KMG to Guangzhou and then a 12 hour flight to Paris CDG. I had a good seatmate on the flight. He was from Australia and on his way, ultimately, to Greece. Ate a fine meal with a glass of wine on the plane and made small talk with my new friend. He is an electrician from Perth. Nice guy. Anyway, a quick change in CDG and off to Manchester where I met dad and Leigh at the airport. After a light breakfast, we hopped on the train to St. Bees and, after about 28 hours of travel time, finally arrived in our guesthouse in St. Bees, England, UK. St. Bees is a really beautiful town on the ... read more
The Irish Sea
Wandering Around

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