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St Bees Beach (Seacote Beach)

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St Bees Beach - Cumbria

© William Barker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

No dog restrictions.

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  • Rock pooling


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Childrens play area
  • Slipway
  • Promenade

Nearest town



CA27 0ET

OS grid ref.

NX 9599 1169

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