Over the last few weeks, we have had some absolutely beautiful weather here in Cumbria. It makes a change as it’s usually it’s the wettest place in the country, claiming 4 of the top 10 locations in Britain. O loves to spend time outdoors and as the weather has been nice, we’ve been on a few trips to St Bees beach.
When the tide is out, there’s plenty of sand for O to run around on and dig holes. There’s a large area of rock pools in which he loves to spy for sea creatures too. As it’s still a bit cool, we stick to throwing stones in the sea trying to dodge the tide catching our toes. Although, I have learned that taking the pram down onto the sand isn’t a particularly clever idea as; a) it’s not easy to manouevre, and, b) the tide comes in quicker than you’d expect because it’s very flat! I can’t wait to spend the warmer days here with him and go paddling in the sea, with our towels laid on the pebbles.
There’s a large parking area available and a caravan site overlooking the beach area. Hartley’s Tea Rooms serve the most awesome, locally produced ice cream in so many flavours! O’s favourite is mint choc chip, with a flake and chocolate sauce. Such a chocolate monster!
Between the car park and the beach, there’s a large new play park for the children. Swings, slides, an adventure pirate ship, zip lines and climbing frames. O loves it here and would be happy to play for hours! There’s picnic tables dotted around which I hope to make use of in the summer and large grassed areas that are often makeshift football pitches or kite-flying ranges. St Bees beach is a lovely day out with the family and I think even my sand-hating husband enjoys our visits!
Do you live near the coast? What do your family enjoy most when visiting the seaside?