Bedruthan Steps Beach

One of the county's more dramatic beaches. It gets it's 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


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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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

Cornish jewel

Sheena Romahn
Jul 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.

Jul 03rd 2022

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!