St Bega’s Way is a 36 mile (58 km) walk linking the Norman Priory Church of St Mary and St Bega at St Bees, on the Irish Sea coast, to the pre-Norman church of St Bega by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, through rural West Cumbria and the magnificent scenery of the English Lake District.
The two churches of St Bega, and also that of St John, Bassenthwaite, will benefit from book proceeds. An inaugural walk took place on 3-5 May 2008. When significant route diversions are needed these are posted on the website http://www.stbegasway.org.uk/
As well as meeting the Coast to Coast and Cumbria Way, the Cumbria Coastal Way is easily linked from the start.
Ros Downing planned and researched the route of St Bega’s Way with the objective of writing a book to sell in support of the St Bega’s Church Credo Appeal. She was joined in the production of the book by noted local artist Alistair Brewis, and the result is a beautiful, 36 page, illustrated guide. However, the Credo Appeal has already met its financial objectives, and so the proceeds of sale of the book will go to the churches of St Bega and St John, Bassenthwaite.