12th November 2013
Carnewas & Bedruthen Steps is a stretch of coastline located on the North Cornish coast between Padstow and Newquay and is part owned by the National Trust. The name Bedruthan Steps is said to be taken from a mythological giant called Bedruthen who used the rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones, each stepping stone has a name.
Carnewas has spectacular cliff top views of sea stacks stretching across Bedruthen Beach. Just a few miles from Padstow, brings you to this magnificent stretch of coastline, hidden from view on entering the car park. The walks along the coast path towards Park Head and Porth Mear Cove are magnificent, with carpets of flowering squill, and the chance to see stonechats and linnets along the way.
The beach staircase is not accessible from 4th November over the winter period.
Overlooking Bedruthen Steps is Redcliffe Castle, which dates back to the Iron Age, the National Trust Shop was originally the Count House of Carnewas Mine and the café, one of the mine buildings. In 1951 the site was designated a site of special scientific interest due to its geological and biological interest (www.wikipedia.org).