There is a steady stream of walkers and cyclists leaving St. Bees, making there way to the beach where there is a plaque denoting the start of the Coast to Coast walk.
This is a 192 mile walk mapped out by Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lancastrian hill walker.
The town is named after Saint Bega, an Irish princess who fled across the Irish channel to escape being forced into marriage by her father.
I stopped at St. Bees Head near the lighthouse to watch some birds being taught or encouraged to fly by their parents. It’s funny how they take the plunge and bounce around a bit in the air currents before they find their balance and start to fly.
Whitehaven grow up as a major coal mining town with a substantial port. In recent times tit has benefited by investment along the harbour front. It now has a very successful Maritime Festival every two years.
I leave Whitehaven walking alongside the railway line to Parton which had a Roman fort above the village. I continue on to Harrington, a dormitory town for people working in Workington or Sellafield.
I continue onto Workington which sits at the mouth of the River Derwent. It has a deep industrial past as a producer of coal, steel and iron ore. This is where I finish my walk for today.