Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps
Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps is one of the most popular places to visit on the North Cornish coast and is an absolute must-see. The landscape is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers and spectacular clifftop views look out over Bedruthan Steps, where a rank of colossal, pointed stacks march out of the atlantic waves against a dramatic backdrop.
Beach access at Bedruthan closed due to cliff fall (January 2020)
Over the winter a significant rock fall took place at Bedruthan beach. Fortunately, it occurred when the cliff stairs were closed to visitors. There is suspected damage sustained to a lower section of the steps as well as the protective netting and pinning on the cliff faces surrounding the steps and which are an integral part of the safety infrastructure.
The National Trust commissioned an exploratory report by experienced geologists. Their surveying work outlined the specific location of the fall as well as the condition of the rocks and cliff faces.
The report recommends further geotechnical assessment is undertaken, including ground investigations, geotechnical data collection and stability analyses. This needs to be done to determine whether it is possible to adequately stabilise the cliff face and allow access to be reinstated.
As we gather further geological insights and consult with expert partners to consider the implications, the steps allowing visitors access to the beach will remain closed. No alternative route is available.
The safety of visitors, along with our team, is of upmost importance. The National Trust appreciate this will be disappointing news and will keep everyone updated.
Ian Kemp, the General Manager for the area said, “We appreciate this news will be disappointing to many but the safety of all using the steps (visitors as well as National Trust staff who undertake regular safety checks) must be our uppermost concern.”
The RNLI and the National Trust are strongly advising visitors not to try and find alternative routes to get down the cliff onto the beach due to the strong sea currents and very real danger of being cut off by the tide.
Carnewas at Bedruthan is still a fantastic place to visit offering cliff top views across the giant rock stacks on the beach and far along the coast towards Trevose Head. There are walks, wild flowers and coastal birds to enjoy. The South West Coast Path, car park, shop, picnic area, toilets and tea-room remain available (check website for opening times) and the Trust looks forward to welcoming visitors to this breath-taking coastal location.
Enjoy magnificent walks meandering past a succession of picture-postcard coves, windswept headlands and old-fashioned holiday resorts, this stretch of the coast path running north of Bedruthan ranks among the prettiest in the south west.
Note: it is unsafe to bathe at any time. Toilet not always available.
Making the most of your day: Children's quiz/trail, walks leaflet and information panel. Occasional family events, including treasure hunts and rock pooling.
Shopping & eating: Browse in the National Trust shop. Treat yourself in the popular café (National Trust-approved concession). Relax in the clifftop tea garden, adjoining the café.
Poldark connection: The cliff tops at Park Head offer stunning views across to the towering sea stacks at Bedruthan Steps - an unforgettable view of north Cornwall’s dramatic coast. It’s these very views which appealed to the team creating Poldark, so keep an eye out for scenes featuring Ross on horseback galloping across this very headland.