Bedruthan Steps Beach
Please note: access to the beach is currently severely restricted due to a landslide.
One of the county's more dramatic beaches. It gets its name from the huge slate outcrops scattered along the beach and not the inordinate number of steps you need to go down to get to 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 itself stretches for over a mile with plenty of interesting nooks and crannies.
As the numerous warning signs point out the cliffs are dangerous as are the tides and there is a good deal of potential to become cut off at high tide.
Nearby are Carnewas cliffs owned by the National Trust with a cafe and toilets. Looking West from here you get a good view of Newquay bay.
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Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 8491 6952
There is a fairly substantial privately owned car park stretching to near the top of the cliffs.
Bedruthan Steps Beach Reviews (3)
Beautiful beach but currently inaccessible
AntonyAug 09th 2022
As far as I’m aware the steps to the beach are currently closed due to a collapse. Unless there is another way down the beach is therefore inaccessible. It still offers great views though form the top of the cliffs.
Steep climb down (and even steeper climb back up!!) but fully worth it for the views and stunning coastline here. Beautiful beach with loads to explore. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone afraid of heights, or those with prams or wheelchairs, or indeed those that don’t like steps and hills! That said i’m fat and far from the definition of fit and healthy, and managed it fine!
Sheena RomahnJul 06th 2022
Bedruthan Steps is an exceptional beach. A real jewel in the crown of Cornish beaches. You will never find this crowded due to the nature of reaching it. You have to climb down the cliff side using the steep steps there. Once that is accomplished, you are rewarded with a beautiful wide beach. There are no lifeguards or flags on this beach or other amenities. It is a lovely long beach to walk along with lots of rock formations. The famous one is Queen Victoria as, looked at from a certain angle, looks just like her. Unfortunately though, she has now lost her head. If you like quiet unspoiled beaches, this is the one for you. However, be aware of the tide at all times as when it comes in, it comes right up the beach.