St Bees Beach (Seacote Beach)

Stretching out below the dramatic headland of St Bees Head is a mile long sand and pebble beach.

Stretching from South Head to Seamill lane, St Bees beach consists of a shingle bank which slopes down to an expanse of golden sand. The sand here is exposed at most states of tide except for a couple of hours either side of high tide.

At the northern end of the beach is a promenade that extends a towards the red sandstone cliffs in the central section of the beach. Beyond these the beach is backed by St Bees Golf Club

There is a RSPB nature reserve on Saint Bees Head which is home to a range of seabirds including guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills. You can also spot peregrines and ravens above the red sandstone cliffs.

Also known as:

Seacote Beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Rock pooling


  • Promenade

Nearest town



CA27 0ET

OS grid ref.

NX 9599 1169


Two car parks available a short walk from the beach. A cgarge applies.

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St Bees Beach Reviews

St bees

Jul 24th 2020

My dogs like the water and so do we

Fabulous beach

Jul 08th 2020

Just a fabulous sandy beach for walking our border collie - he loves it and so do we!!

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