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Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps beach, Cornwall

Bedruthan Steps are a series of rock stacks and beach found below cliffs about a mile north of Mawgan Porth, near Newquay on the North Cornish Coast. There are a couple of car parks here.

Much photographed, the rock stacks or 'Steps' are in the stewardship of the National Trust and each have names such as Queen Bess, Redcove Island, Pendarves Island and Carnewas Island. Samaritan Island, is named after the wreck of the 'Good Samaritan', a cargo ship wrecked here in 1846.

The area between Bedruthan Steps and Park Head was first designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its geological (Devonian slates and fossils) and biological content in 1951 and re-notified in 1986. It is a 200 acre site (80.8 hectares) that was also declared a 'Dark Sky Discovery Site' by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in 2014.

There is a National Trust shop and cliff-top cafe catering for a wide range of visitors from photographers, to artists or those just wishing to take in the bracing sea air walking along the coast path.

NOTE: Please be aware that it is NOT ADVISABLE to attempt swimming from any of the beaches and coves in this immediate area, as although they may look inviting, there are strong rip-currents and fast moving tides offshore.

Please also note that out of season the steps may be closed at certain times due to safety concerns or erosion.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Interesting geology


 Rescue equipment


 No swimming

OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow

OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Watergate Bay, Padstow, St Columb Major and Newquay.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowSt Columb Major




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowWatergate Bay

	arrowSt Columb Major




Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Padstow, Newquay, Wadebridge and Perranporth.

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