Day 0 Friday 13th July Travel to St Bees
St Bees can be reached by train - just over an hour from Carlisle

I am booked into Stonehouse Farm £35 single b&b ensuite

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Signed up for this day: David Brawn, Keith Case, Nigel Williams

Some notes on the day

Left Beeston at 9.40 in the morning, on a rather tedious journey via Derby, Crewe and Carlisle to St Bees arriving about 3.40. Stayed at Stonehouse Farm nearby the railway station and set out to do the first bit in the evening. Crossed the railway and turned left down Station Road, eventually reaching the car park and the beach. Did the traditional things of getting a pebble off the beach and a photograph at the start and then set off along the cliff. Considering how rough it had been in recent weeks the weather was quite good, quite warm, a little bit cloudy and a little hazy sun. The path climbs steeply up, levels out and there is the option of walking on paths through fields which is a little easier. Continue along South Head for about a mile and then the path starts to drop down to Fleswick Bay. Climb up the other side onto North Head and the lighthouse. Soon after the lighthouse the path starts to drop down as Whitehaven comes into view. Continued about a mile past a small quarry to reach a white bungalow and turn right. Half a mile along the lane reach a road and turn left and after a further mile reach Sandwith and turn left again. Very pleasant little village. Reached the Dog and Partridge which is shut. Carry on straight ahead at crossroads. Soon becomes a path and then a track leading up to some houses just before the B road. Turn right along the B5345 road to St Bees. Spent the evening in the Queen’s Head and the Manor House Hotel
The clifftop walk was harder work than expected and we learned afterwards that instead of returning to St Bees along the B road which was rather busy and unpleasant we should have continued a little further to follow a track alongside the railway.

Stonehouse Farm website

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