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A dramatic beach on the North Cornish coast not far from Newquay.
It gets the name from the massive slate stacks aligned along the beach. It is said that these stacks were used by a giant, possibly called Bedruthan, who used them as stepping stones to cross the bay from Park Head to Berryl's Point, near Mawgan Porth.
There are numerous warning signs pointing out that the cliffs are dangerous and so are the tides. There is a good chance of being cut off by the tide.
On the clifs above Bedruthan Steps is an ancient cliff fort, Redcliff Castle, along the route of the South West Coast Path.
On the coast road from Padstow to Newquay (B3276), turn west (towards the sea) at Bedruthan House (sign posted National Trust Carnewas Car park).
The path from the NT car park is quite reasonable and gives good views across the bay. The steep cliff staircase down to the beach was rebuilt by the National Trust in 1975. This staircase is closed from 1st November to 1st March.
Remember: If you go down the steps to the beach, you also have to climb back up them again afterwards.
Swimming & Surfing
It is unsafe to swim here at any time.
Cafe and gift shop at National Trust car park.
National Trust car park at Carnewas. Smaller car park to the north.
No restrictions but heed warnings about the cliffs and the tides.
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