Christmas Walk 7th Dec 2017


Our mascot Bernie the Polar Bear invites you to a Christmas Walk on 7th Dec.

We will be meeting with Bernie the Polar Bear at 11am at the Beacon, Whitehaven to walk the beautiful clifftop walk to St Bees.

For those who don’t want to do the whole walk which is approximately 7 miles there is the option to join us for the first mile and take the opportunity to visit West Cumbria Mining’s open day at the Haig Colliery.  The more people who challenge their PR spin the better!


Trail: Walking

Grade: Hard  (muddy in parts and some parts near the cliff edge…Carefully, Slowly does it! OK for older children used to exposed walking)

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Time: approx 4 hours  (walkers doing the full route will not visit the open day to make sure we have plenty of time for the walk)

Dont forget to Bring a packed lunch.

We will have a bite to eat at the end of the walk at the lovely St Bees Harbour Cafe

We will be meeting at 11 am  at the Beacon – Looking forward to a pre Christmas walk, Beautiful Coastline and Good Company!




A Walk from Whitehaven to St Bees …to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

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Guillemots at St Bees

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.

Trail: Walking

Grade: Hard

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)St Bees to Whitehaven.jpg