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Bedruthan Steps Beach

December 24, 2014 No Comments

Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan is one of the county’s more dramatic beaches. Having been compared to California’s Big Sur, it is dwarfed by spectacular rocky stacks, which punctuate the beach. It is said that the outcrops were put there by Bedruthan, a giant, and used as stepping-stones. At low tide the beach stretches for over a mile with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

The area around Bedruthan and Carnewas is ideal walking territory. Within two short miles of Bedruthan Steps there are two Iron Age hill forts and six Bronze Age burial Barrows. There are stunning cliff-top views past the stacks and at high tide you can watch the waves crash against the rocky outcrops in dramatic fashion. With this in mind, the National Trust has created ‘The Piazza’, a viewing platform on the cliff edge.

The beach gets its name from the steep steps taking you down to the shore. Carved into the cliff face, the 149 steps can be an interesting challenge; it’s worth it, but not for the faint of heart.

Next to the viewing platform sits a National Trust shop and café for refreshments, as well as parking. The food is excellent and good value; especially the Hunters Lunch. There is a second car park: the Carnanton Estate Car Park. This second car park has picnic tables, which are perfect for a lunchtime picnic, overlooking the spectacular scene below.

The huge scale of the rocks gives the beach an almost mystical feeling. You can explore the large cave next to the foot of the steps, stroll around the stacks or use the beach’s clean, pristine sands to sunbathe on.

It is worth noting though, that there is no swimming from the beach – there are strong currents, which make it a dicey prospect for all swimmers – but there are lots of sandy rock pools for the children to paddle in.

Lying between Newquay and Padstow, Bedruthan Steps is perfect as part of an exploration of the north coast. This part of the Cornish coastline is particularly beautiful with numerous small coves culminating in the spectacular steps themselves. Not as crowded as Newquay’s own beaches, it is the perfect place to experience the ‘rugged Cornish coastline’ in all its glory.