Rottington Beck, St Bees, Coast to Coast

Where is the Source of the Rottington Beck?

The Rottington Beck begins its life in a woodland on Hannah Moor, about a mile south of the Coast to Coast path, a little north east of Rottington Hall. It flows south west, where the Thorney Beck, originating at Demesne Farm merges with it, and the stronger Rottington Beck then flows south south west to the southern foot of the St Bees coastal headland.
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Rottington Beck at St Bees

Description of the Rottington Beck

The beck spills through a large concrete channel beside a caravan site to flow out into the Irish Sea between the mean high water and mean low water lines, at the very north corner of the foreshore sand, where it meets the cliffs of the South Head of St Bees.

A long wooden bridge spans the beck to enable Coast to Coast walkers to begin their short climb to the cliff top path. In 2014 a new concrete channel was made to direct the beck away from nearby housing, to safeguard against flooding in the case of extreme rain and in 2016 this was reinforced with armour stone placed at the channel edges and in front of the concrete wall.

The small village of Rottington has a tributary to Rottington Beck running beside it, starting at the north end of the village and joining the Thorney Beck at Rottington Hall, about 40 yards before it joins the Rottington Beck. Rottington is only a mile from St Bees and so the beck is not a very long one, nor does it have much depth or width.
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Coast to Coast Trail Guide

Rottington Beck in its woodland source

Rottington Beck

St Bees South Head and bridge over Rottington Beck

South Head and bridge over beck

Frequently Asked Questions for Rottington Beck

Does the Coast to Coast path cross the Rottington Beck?

The Rottiington Beck is the first beck encountered by the Coast to Coast path coming from St Bees, and is met almost immediately. As you walk along the promenade you leave it to take a short path to the cliff top. Immediately before the steps leading up the cliff is a small wooden bridge that crosses the Rottington Beck, which at this stage is channelled through a concrete gutter. It spills onto the beach as it passes under the bridge.

How does the Rottington Beck get its Name?

Rottington Beck takes its name from the parish of Rottington, in which it springs, very close to the hamlet of Rottington. It runs through a narrow woodland and then alongside the Sandwith to St Bees Road to Rottington, passing through the grounds of Rottington Hall. Prior to Rottington becoming a parish it was the township of Rottington. The parish no longer exists and Rottington is now part of St Bees. The meaning of Rottington is farm or settlement.