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About St Bees Head

Black guillemots perched on rock, RSPB North Hill reserve

Image: Andy Hay

Blow away the cobwebs with a bracing walk along the cliff top path, and you can see across to the Isle of Man on a clear day. In spring and summer, you'll want to stop at our three viewpoints to marvel at the largest seabird colony in north-west England.

Guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills wheel noisily overhead, while ravens and peregrines are often seen soaring along the cliffs. Offshore, you can also see skuas and shearwaters and if you are lucky you may spot dolphins and porpoises.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.49083,-3.60864
  • Grid reference: NX959118
  • Nearest town: Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • County: Cumbria
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.