St Bega's Way

A walking holiday tracing the journey of St Bega from the Irish Sea through the mountains of the Lake District.

4 to 5 nights
37 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £370 per person

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About this route

Bega was the daughter of an Irish chieftain in the mid-ninth century that fled through the mountains of the Lake District to avoid the Viking raids. St Bega’s Way meanders from the church of St Mary and St Bega at St Bees on the coast, to the church of St Bega on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

This walk offers glorious scenery complete with glistening lakes, picturesque dales and coastal views out to Ireland and the Isle of Man. There is also plenty of history to discover, as well as a variety of charming villages and towns, making this a fabulous walking route through the iconic Lake District. 

© Contours Walking Holidays St Bega's Way map
St Bees to Mirehouse
37 miles (59 km)
25th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Looking out across the Irish Sea and catching a glimpse of Ireland and St Bega’s homeland.

Tracing the journey of St Bega from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the Church of St Bega on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Crossing a diverse range of scenery, from the coast of Cumbria, across the mountains and alongside the famous lakes of the Lake District. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
BEGA1 From St Bees to Mirehouse(T) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£370
BEGA2 From St Bees to Mirehouse(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£460

St Bega's Way 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to St Bees where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Day 2

Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 3

Rosthwaite to Mirehouse(T). 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Mirehouse(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Rosthwaite is a good choice for a rest day. There are many lovely walks in the hills around Borrowdale or you could catch a bus into the bustling little town of Keswick.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 37 miles (59 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (16.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: BEGA1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 25th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: St Bees
End of holiday: Mirehouse(T)

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Bees). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Mirehouse/Keswick) Aspartia (about 14 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to St Bees and from Mirehouse/Keswick.

For London - Trains run from London Euston station to St Bees.

Return to Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Mirehouse/Keswick to Aspatria rail station. From there trains run to St Bees.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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