Here you will find a gently sloping shingle beach with dozens of varieties of rocks stretching for nearly a mile. The sandy areas are accessible at all times except for two or three hours on either side of high tide, when only the shingle is clear of the water. It's a great family friendly beach with it winning an award for cleanliness and at the same time permitting dogs even in peak seasons!

Once you have had a dip in the chilly Irish sea you can warm up with a brisk stroll along the clifftop path going north from St Bees. This route takes you to Fleswick Bay, between St Bees and St Bees Head and is the first part of the famous Coast to Coast Walk.

Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve on the headland where England's only colony of Black Guillemots can be spotted. Puffins, terns and other sea birds can also be viewed with special observation and information points all along the headland.

This heritage coast with dramatic cliffs and striking red sandstone offer excellent views north to Scotland and across to the Isle of Man.