Walk - Bedruthan Steps Easy Access

0.7 miles (1.1 km)

Carnewas NT car park PL27 7UW Carnewas NT car park PL27 7UW

Easy - The path is level and well surfaced for most of the route but there are a number of steps leading down to the Bedruthan Steps lower viewpoint making this section impassable for wheelchairs and even trampers.

A short, stimulating trail at one of the most iconic destinations on the North Cornish coast. Parking in the National Trust Carnewas car-park this trail takes you out onto the South West Coast Path with sea views from Newquay past Park Head to Trevose Head. A more detailed version of this walk complete with pictures can be found at phototrails.org

To check that this walk is suitable for you click here where you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Bedruthan is set on the doorstep of the stunning Cornish coast. Serving locally grown food and hosting annual events throughout the year.

The Scarlet Hotel

The Scarlet is a luxury eco hotel and Ayurvedic inspired spa just for grown ups, set on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Old Macdonald's Farm, Porthcothan

Small family run Farm Park, B&B plus Campsite just ½ a mile from beautiful Porthcothan Bay, along the coast between Padstow and Newquay.

Penlan B&B, Portcothan Bay

Situated 250 m from Porthcothan Bay beach close to the coast path. We have 2 double ensuite rooms and­ a room with 2 single beds and a private bathroom. Free wifi. Dog friendly and can help with kit transfer.

Carnevas Holiday Park, Porthcothan

Located in unspoilt countryside bordering the North Cornish coastline, a short distance from Padstow and wonderful beaches. Bar serving food available at certain times and shop.

Dalswinton Guest House

Why not break up your journey with a night or two at Dalswinton Guest House. We have a selection of rooms available all year round, each has its own characteristics and charm.

Penhalonga B&B, Constantine Bay

Family run B&B with full English breakfast. Single night stay. Dogs welcome. Contact: [email protected]  T:01841 521122/ 07815833158

The Three Tees, Newquay

Family run licensed hotel, off street parking. Situated in quiet Lusty Glaze area of Newquay. Short walk from Coast Path and town centre.

Sunny Corner, Trevone

Close to the sandy beach. Double/twin bedrooms both ensuite £85 per room (£60 single occupancy) includes full breakfast, wifi, parking

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Route Description

Parking in the National Trust Carnewas car-park (PL27 7UW - fee payable for non-National Trust members) this trail takes you out onto the South West Coast Path with sea views from Newquay past Park Head to Trevose Head. The path is level and well surfaced for most of the route but However, the higher viewpoint still gives stunning views of the sea stacks of Bedruthan Steps. Beware of the cliff edge which is unfenced in places.

  1. From the car park, facing the sea, follow the path to the left of the toilets and cafe out towards the cliffs.
  2. Fork right at the first junction of paths before taking the left hand fork at the red sign.

The car park has toilets, a shop and a popular tea room (open weekends only from November to March).

  1. Follow the path before turning left along the South West Coast Path. The path eventually passes through a Cornish Hedge. This is a good place to stop and turn around.

According to the Cornish Hedge website the typical Cornish hedge is a stone-faced earth hedgebank with bushes or trees growing along the top. It is called a "hedge", never a "hedgerow" or "wall". The hedges may be of bare stone encrusted with lichens and mosses, or disappear under luxuriant greenery. Between these extremes are many variations, depending on the type of stone used, the local climate and the style of farming. Hedges are Cornwall's largest semi-natural wildlife resource and its most prominent landscape feature.

  1. Retrace your steps back along the SWCP, passing the original path form the car park. Continue on the SWCP until the path leads down some steps to Bedruthan Steps.

There are a number of steps leading down to the Bedruthan Steps lower viewpoint making this section impassable for wheelchairs and even trampers. Bedrutan Steps take their name from a giant called Bedruthan who used the stacks as stepping stones forming a short-cut across the bay. However it is claimed by some, that this is just a story made up in the late 19th century when it first became a tourist attraction, and 'the steps' actually take their name from the cliff staircase used to access the beach (swimming here is also hazardous). The staircase is not accessible during the winter months.

  1. At this point either return to the car park by the main path.

Visitors in the spring and autumn will be treated to carpets of flowering squill as well as the stonechats and linnets often seen here. The popular café is open most of the year but check for winter opening times. The buildings are a reminder of Carnewas' industrial past when iron, copper and lead was mined from the cliffs.

Public transport

The relatively frequent Western Greyhound bus service number 556 links the coastal villages between Newquay & Padstow. The bus stops at the Bedruthan House Hotel.

Please check timetable details by visiting Traveline or phoning 0870 6082608.

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Carnewas NT car park PL27 7UW

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