Inspiration at St Bees - the start of the Coast to Coast walk, Lake District

Updated: May 8, 2020


Day 2 of my Cumbria trip last week.

I drove from Printfest at Ulverton to St Bees on the west coast of Cumbria. It's the start of the Coast to Coast walk. A 188 mile walk from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. The walk crosses the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

I'd been asked by a friend that's done the walk if, I'd create a linocut of St Bees. As I was over that way, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to visit. I was blessed with fine weather for the 11 mile walk along St Bees Head.

When I left the tide was in and on the way back, the tide far out. I love the colour of the different types of stones that make up the beach and the layers of strata that make up the red sandstone cliff face.

St Bees Head walking route


The start of the Coast to Coast walk.

The start of the Coast to Coast walk.




Thrift flowers, St Bees Head

Fleswick Bay and the lighthouse at North Head.


Fleswick Bay and lighthouse

Fleswick Bay



This stretch of red sandstone cliffs is a RSPB Nature Reserve and home to the only breeding Black Guillemots in England.


Black Guillemots


Black Guillemots

Views towards Whitehaven.


Views towards Whitehaven





Coast to Coast way markers

Views towards Ennerdale and Buttermere.


At this point I left the Coast to Coast path and took a footpath back to St Bees.


Herdwick sheep

The Church of St Mary and St Bega.


The Church of St Mary and St Bega

Back in St Bees the tide was out.


St Bees head and beach







I'll be using this walk as inspiration for a new linocut print. So watch this space!

The walk is an 8 miles loop around St Bees Head and taken from the green Pathfinder Guide - More Lake District Walks.

Read day 3 of my Cumbria blog with a walk around Ennerdale Water and a cycle ride around Ennerdale and Loweswater in my Ennerdale blog.


Update August 19

St Bees, Cumbria, hand printed linocut.