Please join us on the 28th October as we Walk to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole. This is a challenging walk and weather dependent. (If the weather is really inclement we will still meet at the Beacon to walk and view the original coal pit entrances)
Whitehaven coastal walk to St Bees
This is a dramatic cliff-top walk. We will be meeting at the Beacon Museum (now run by Sellafield) on Whitehaven’s historic 17th-century harbour. The walk takes in the old Saltom Pit, the Haig Pit and the beautiful Fleswick Bay.
The cliffs of St Bees provide the only nesting site in England for the black guillemot. Although rarely seen, puffins are also believed to nest here. This area was once teeming with wildlife. In 2017 that wildlife is now much rarer, with many species being on the red list..what remains is so very important and mining for coal with (just for example) damage to hydrology, risk of subsidence and seismic activity is worse than vandalism.
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Time: 4 hours
We will be meeting at 10.30 am at the Beacon – we will leave no later than 11am after photos with our banners (foldable ones to put in rucksacks with picnic!) to ensure we have plenty of time for the walk.
It is suggested that shared cars are left at St Bees and the train is taken to Whitehaven for the start of the walk (it is one mile from the Station to the Beacon, a 20 minute walk)