Sport and leisure in St Bees

Outdoor activities

In the natural environment there are opportunity for these activities

  • Canoeing – access from the boat ramps at the promenade or Seamill Lane
  • Surfing and kite surfing – On the gently shelving surf beach. Current wind report and forecast here.
  • Walking – English Coast Path, Coast to Coast and many walks in the village. Download routes from here
  • Paragliding – mainly off the coastal cliffs of the Golf Course – site details here
  • Sea swimming
  • Bouldering and rock climbing – St Bees Heads, North and South. There are a number of sport routes, and the bouldering is famous. UKC site details here.
  • Sea fishing – Both beach and rock
  • Boating – using the public boat ramp at the Seacote beach
  • Cycling – The village is on the Hadrian’s cycleway, and plans are proposed for a level cycle track to Whitehaven and National Routes 71/72 along the valley bottom. Some riders use the Wainwright Wall to start the C2C.
  • The St Bees Triers running club – see their facebook page
Cyclists starting the C to C from here

Sports facilities

St Bees School has a large number of facilities which are available for hire or have public sessions. All are on the campus.

  • Indoor heated swiming pool, Wood Lane.
  • Large sports hall, Wood Lane.
  • Gymasium
  • Tennis courts
  • Eton Fives Courts (One of only 24 in UK)
  • Squash courts
  • Cricket Pitch
  • Football pitch (Memorial Field)
  • Hockey Pitch (Memorial Field)

See the sports booking page here, or ring  the School on 01946 828000 for more details

See the facebook page for public pool sessions here

 In addition the Adams Recreation Ground Trust has a large playing field and pavilion near the Seacote Beach. Ring 07786 262001 for details

The Memorial Field - St Bees School
Swimming pool, St Bees School


St Bees Golf Club has a nine-hole links-style golf course spectacularly sited on the moraine cliffs of St Bees Bay and is owned by St Bees School. There is a clubhouse with parking accessible by a track from the west end of Station Road.

Click here to see the club web site.

Vising golfers are very welcome, and day rates are available at £12 with a member playing and £15 without.  Monthly rate £60.00. Great views of the coast and valley.


The RSPB Bird Reserve. This is along the edge of the two headlands and Fleswick Bay.  It is an important seabird  colony, and is the only colony of cliff-nesting seabirds in Northwest England,   Most numerous are the guillemots, over 5,000 crowd on to the open ledges. There are spectacular viewing stations.

St Bees Golf Course
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