28. Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Where: Carnewas (10 miles)

Walk distance: 4.5 miles

Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps is a spectacular stretch of coastline between Newquay and Padstow with dramatic cliff top views. Bedruthan Steps are said to have been named after a giant who used them as stepping stones across the beach – you can climb down to the beautiful beach below, although bathing there is not safe.

It is a National Trust site and there is a large car park as well as a gift shop and a great little tea room.

From Bedruthan Steps you can also see Carnewas Island, and this stretch is dotted with cliff castles and Bronze Age barrows thought to date from between 1200BC and 2500BC.

The walk continues to Porth Mear, a sheltered cove filled with rock pools, and through a valley filled with reed beds that attract numerous butterflies.

Photo credit: Ingrid King/Visit Cornwall


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