St Bega's Way

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Start: St Bees Priory
Grid Ref: NX969121
Distance: 36 miles (58 km)
Climbing: 1,818 metres
Walk time: 15-18 hours
Days: 3-5

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: Saint Bega's Way is a long distance walking route in Cumbria linking the Norman Priory Church of St Mary and St Bega at St Bees to the pre-Norman church of St Bega by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. The way traverses through rural West Cumbria and the magnificent scenery of the English Lake District. Designed as a three day walk the first day crosses the coastal plain to Moor Row and Cleator and then climbs Dent Hill, which is associated with Wainwright's Coast to Coast route. Dent Hill provided striking views along the Cumbrian coastline. After descending Dent Hill to Uldale and Nanycatch Gate the stage ends at the village of Ennerdale Bridge with services and accommodation. The second day which has the most climbing of all three days heads along the north shore of Ennerdale Water, and up onto the flank of Brandreth, descending to Borrowdale from the summit of the Honister Pass. Rosthwaite is the optimal place to make the stop over after this stage where there is a youth hostel nearby and various forms of accommodation in the village. Finally the third day goes by the side of the River Derwent and Derwentwater to Portinscale, continuing northwards towards Bassenthwaite Lake and ending through the grounds of Mirehouse to the ancient church of St Bega on the shore of the lake.

Useful Links:
Saint Bega's Way Website
Contours Self Guided Walk
Long Distance Walkers Association

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