Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps

One of the most iconic beaches in Cornwall.

An expanse of golden sand punctuated by large rock formations. Dangerous for swimming - but fantastic for exploring caves, rock pools and tales of giants.

The ‘steps’ refer to the (rather steep) 149 steps carved into the rock face that lead down to the beach or, according to legend, the large stone stacks - said to be the stepping stones of the Giant Bedruthan.

The beach itself is fascinating - explore large caves, stroll around the giant stacks and marvel at nature. At high tide the golden sand disappears providing the perfect excuse to explore the surrounding coastal walks where you’ll be greeted with some of the most impressive views in Cornwall.

Dog friendly all year round with good parking and a National Trust café perched on the clifftops.

The beach is closed from the end of November to 1st March.

We love...

The tale of the Samaritan. A vessel shipwrecked by one of the towering stacks in 1846 – littering the beach with barrelled beef and printed cloth. When the sand shifts around the (aptly named) Samaritan Stack, the remnants of the ship’s keel can still be seen.

Don't miss...

Snapping a photo of the unforgettable views from the ‘Piazza’ – a paved viewing area created by the National Trust on the cliff edge.