Nature Reserve

Things to See & Do in the area

The Seacote Hotel enjoys an enviable situation. Directly in front of the Park lies St Bees beach. The sand stretches as far as the eye can see, across the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man can be seen silhouetted on the horizon.

The Hotel is sheltered by the gigantic rocky outcrop of St Bees Head. This towering headland provides many forms of recreation, whether you choose to explore the rocks and pools around its base or take the cliff top path and enjoy its dramatic views out to sea and inland towards the Lakeland fells.


Other opportunities for walking are also provided by the beach itself and the path alongside the village's 9-hole links golf course. Dedicated walkers will enjoy more challenging routes over the cliffs to Fleswick Bay and ultimately to the beautiful, historic port of Whitehaven, four miles to the north. Really ambitious walkers will know that St Bees Beach marks the beginning of Alfred Wainwright's now world-famous Coast to Coast Walk, 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire.

The village of St Bees itself affords many diversions. As well as the beach and golf course, visual delights are provided by the village's 12th Century Priory Church and 16th Century Public School. Both are built from the very distinctive red sandstone of the locality. The village also has a very pretty Main Street along which are scattered a number of shops and public houses.

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There is also an exciting variety of specialist visitor attractions in the area, many designed with families especially in mind. Four miles to the north is the beautiful, historic port of Whitehaven. This captivating town was once the third largest port in England, having built its fortunes on the Rum trade with the West Indies and the slave trade with America. This intriguing history is explored and brought thrillingly to life at the Beacon and the Rum Story visitor attractions. To the south of St Bees can be found Ravenglass, whose miniature railway transports passengers into the heart of Eskdale and through some truly captivating scenery. Nearby is Muncaster Castle with its beautiful gardens and enthralling Owl centre.