Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps

  • Spectacular cliff views
  • Lovely walk along the coast between Carnewas and Park Head
  • Rebuilt cliff staircase down to the beach

Bedruthan Steps is owned by the National Trust and you will find a café, shop, toilets and car park on the cliff top above the beach. The National Trust have re-built the cliff steps which lead down to the beach and visitors must be aware that they should not bathe in the sea here at any time and should watch the tide to ensure they do not get cut off.

Bedruthan Steps originally referred to the steps that were hacked out of the cliff face, probably to assist in removing washed up cargo from the beach. There were two separate stairways down the cliff face to the beach. One near the present NT staircase was steep and fairly hazardous, the other was a more winding path just north of Diggory´s Island. Both these paths were destroyed by landslips in the 1960´s and early 1970´s and it was impossible to get to the beach after that. The National Trust opened the beach again with the current steps in 1975. These are a very thorough job with safety netting bolted to the cliff face to prevent falling debris hitting visitors. The National Trust close the beach during the winter as both the sea and the cliff are more dangerous then.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Bedruthan Steps and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

One of the rock stacks that stretches across the beach is named Samaritan Island after the ship that was wrecked upon it in 1846. The seas here are treacherous and it wasn’t until Trevose Head Lighthouse was built that the number of shipwrecks along this coastline fell. At low tide the sandy beach stretches for more than a mile with many nooks and crannies to explore but do watch out for the tide coming in!

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