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St Bega

The church, dedicated to the Celtic Saint Bega, is situated in a picture perfect setting in fields on the east shore of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Bassenthwaite, Cumbria

Opening times

Open at all times.


CA12 4QZ

The building dates from about AD 950, though the site may be older. Being the end-point of the recently published 'St Bega’s Way', a long distance walk developed by one of its parishioners, the church attracts many walkers.

The church is always open and is widely visited by people from all over the world. To reflect this the church has a collection of Bibles in 28 languages, which make overseas visitors feel at home.

St Bega’s has had some famous visitors over the years who appreciated its beautiful setting. Wordsworth, Tennyson and Carlyle, all stepped foot through the door and more recently it provided the setting for Melvyn Bragg’s novel Credo.

In October 2008, with the blessing of the Bishop of Carlisle, the Orthodox Bishop Basil of Amphipolis borrowed St Bega’s to ordain Father John Muster of Keswick. This was appropriate as St Bega’s is one of few Cumbrian churches to survive from before the time of the Great Schism (1064) when the western and eastern churches split.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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