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Useful information for Coast to Coast Walkers
This information is based on the questions I frequently get asked by prospective visitors.
How do I get to St Bees?
The vast majority of people travel to St Bees by train - see Travel for more information.
How do I get to St Bees on a Sunday?
On a Sunday you have to travel via Carlisle and Whitehaven is only 3 miles north of St Bees and taxis are usually around at the station to take you there.
I've got a few hours before setting off. What is there to see/visit in St Bees?
The jewel in St Bees' crown is undoubtedly the mediaeval Priory which is still in regular use. There are a number of displays in the church about the history of the church itself, the village, old Theological College and St Bees School, all of which are inter twinned. A walk round the grounds of St Bees School is also worth doing, as is a general walk round the village down to Seamill Lane beach, along the cliff path and back along the Dandy walk. Get you warmed up for the main walk!
Can I buy gas cylinders or spirit for burners in St Bees?
No, no one stocks them in the village. Getting gas in Whitehaven is not exactly convenient either. Off hand I don't even know where you could get them - possibly at the harbour. Spirit is usually available in chemist shops.
Is there a cash point in St Bees?
There are two at the Post Office. A free one when the Post Office counter is open and if you have a Lloyds TSB account, or one which is available at all hours that the shop is open which currently (January 2013) charges £1.75 per transaction.
Can I buy maps and guide books in St Bees?
The Post Office stocks a reasonable selection of maps and guide books. Best to stock up before you come - bigger selection and possibly cheaper.
Eating in St Bees?
Most of the hotels/pubs provide bar meals both at lunch time and the evening. The Beach Cafe is good for snacks. The Post Office supplies some take aways - hot pies, etc.