St Bega's Way

The 37 miles St Bega's Way links the Norman Priory Church of St Mary and St Bega at St Bees, on the Irish Sea coast, to the even older church of St Bega by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. After crossing the Cumbrian Coastal plain and climbing over Dent Hill, St. Bega's Way travels through Western Lakeland along the shores of Ennerdale Water. You will cross the watershed between this lake and Buttermere to Honister Pass, before descending to Borrowdale and following the Derwentwater shore to reach Bassenthwaite Lake and the little church at Mirehouse.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Competing St Bega's Way over three days is the standard itinerary for this walk spitting the days fairly evenly. We are always happy to provide a quick quote for you if you wish to do the walk over a longer or shorter time and can recommend appropriate stages to suit your requirements.

Arrive at St. Bees and check into your accommodation.

Day 1 From St. Bees cross the coastal plain and climb easily over Dent Hill with extensive views along the coast. Descend to the charming village of Ennerdale Bridge. 10½ miles

Day 2 This is the hardest day although it begins easily with a stroll along the north shore of Ennerdale Water. Then, climbing up out of the valley, the St Bega's Way crosses the flanks of Brandreth close by Great Gable and meets the Honister Pass Road at the famous slate mine. An old miners track then takes you down to the hamlet of Rosthwaite. 14½ miles

Day 3 For the final day you follow the River Derwent and quiet western shore of Derwentwater to Portinscale. To complete the pilgrimage, you continue along the river and across the flanks of Skiddaw to reach Mirehouse and the church of St. Bega. 13 miles

Depart after breakfast.

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book or route notes, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

ST BEES: There are trains to St Bees from London and Manchester either via Carlisle or more scenically via Preston or Lancaster and along the Cumbrian coast. Journey times from London are a little over 5 hours and from Manchester approximately 3½ hours. St Bees can also be reached from Glasgow via Carlisle in approximately 3 hours.

RETURN: At the end of the walk you can take a bus or a taxi to Keswick (4 miles) from where there are regular buses to Penrith railway statiion on the main Glasgow to Euston line.

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St Bega's Way is quite short for a long distance path but it packs a lot in - sea, sand, cliffs, lakes, mountains, woodland, high passes, charming villages and ancient churches. It is a reasonably challenging walk, especially the second day, but the distances for each leg are well within the norm for this kind of route. The outstanding and varied scenery is well worth the effort.