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#79595 - 29/03/13 09:08 PM First day 5 May
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Registered: 29/07/08
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Now that we have settled the Manchester to St Bees transportation issue. We will arrive in St Bees early afternoon and want to walk St Bees Head to Stanley. There seems to be a path from Stanley to St Bees. Is the path open to walkers and passable. It would be nice to walk the first part when arriving on 4 May and then have a shorter walk on 5 May. Any trail information will be appreciated.

#79597 - 29/03/13 09:30 PM Re: First day 5 May [Re: jcghost]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Yes there is a right of way path from The C2C route at Stanley that takes you approx 1.5 miles back to St.Bees near the railway station making a 9 mile round trip, and saving you 6 miles approx the next day.
You don't go under the railway arch at Stanley, instead take the path to the right that runs almost parrallel to the railway, all the way to St. Bees. Reverse it the next day.

#79650 - 30/03/13 02:17 PM Re: First day 5 May [Re: jcghost]
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Registered: 18/11/04
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The track becomes Wood Lane and emerges at St Bees School - of interest in itself - founded 1583. There is a short right of way shown on the map that cuts out Stanley when you return next day - from the start of the wood nr Stanley down through the trees to nearer the railway footpath underpass and C2C route - not sure how much evidence of this is actually on the ground though, but something you could look at in passing enroute back to St Bees. There should be 2 stiles in the fence at GR981138 as the path diverges in the field before (though I doubt they'll be there in practice - in fact the fence doesn't look evident on Google) and if not overgrown you can head down through the trees to the underpass from this point. Lets hope the weather affords some opportunity to dry out the notoriously boggy stretch thereafter!
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