Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

bedruthan stacks on beach near newquay in cornwall

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. Todays post is all about Bedruthan Steps which is a National Trust owned stretch of coastline located between Newquay and Padstow, Cornwall, England.

The legend of Bedruthan

The name Bedruthan Steps was said to be named after a giant called Bedruthan. He would use the rocks on the beach as stepping stones as short cut across the bay. 

The landscape

The underlying rock from Bedruthan Steps to Trevose Head is Middle Devonian slates. The thickness of the slates have been estimated at over 2000 metres. The stacks pictured have formed due to erosion from the sea. The sea has worn away the weaker, softer rock to leave the stacks. 

Each of the stacks has a name. From north to south they are Queen Bess, Samaritan Island, Redcove Island, Pendarves Island and Carnewas Island. You can find fossils of fish and trilobites on Pendarves and Samaritan Island in the slate. 

Samaritan Island got its name because a ship named the Good Samaritan was wrecked there in 1846, loosing 9 lives.

bedruthan steps down to beach in cornwall
mussels on rocks at bedruthan steps in cornwall
shells on rock at bedruthan steps in cornwall
mussels on rock at bedruthan steps in cornwall
melissa carne walking down bedruthan steps in cornwall


The steps that you see pictured originated from ladders and steps used to reach mine workings in the 1800’s. The Miners  would tunnel into the cliffs from the beach in search of iron, copper and lead. The National Trust shop was originally the office of Carnewas Mine and the cafe was one of the mine buildings. 

Visiting Bedruthan Steps

The steps which is the only way to get access to the beach are very steep and dangerous. There has been many times when the steps have been closed due to rock fall. If you are less abled, young or old it may be one to miss out on. However, you can still enjoy the views from the headland above on a walk from the car park.

Another thing to note is that the beach is only accessible at low tide and that the tide comes in incredibly quick here. Also, the waters aren’t safe for swimming due to the fast tides, heavy rip currents and submerged rocks. So Bedruthan is one for admiring its beauty rather than interacting with it!

Other posts

I hope you enjoyed this blog post on the breathtaking Bedruthan Steps and add it to one of your places to visit. Why not also check out my blog post on the fishing town of Padstow which is nearby.

Lots of love, Melissa x

bedruthan steps owned by the national trust coastline

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