Walks visiting Bedruthan Steps beach

The beach at Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

The beach at Bedruthan Steps is golden sand which is covered at high tide. Access is down a steep flight of steps which are closed in the winter. Care should be taken on a rising tide to avoid being cut off. There are strong currents due to water funnelling between the islands so swimming is not recommended. Stay well clear of the crumbling cliffs to avoid being hit by a falling rock.

  • 4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

  • 4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps

    Bedruthan Steps

    4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    A circular walk with spectacular views of the rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps about which the myth of a giant's stepping stones was concocted for the amusement of Victorian tourists flocking to Padstow and Newquay on the new railway.

  • 6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    Bedruthan Steps to Porthcothan

    6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

    A circular walk featuring some of the most spectacular scenery of the North Cornish coast including the rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, the azure lagoon of the Trescore Islands and the sheltered golden sandy beach at Porthcothan.

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If you'd like a purely coastal walk, you can park at Mawgan Porth and catch the bus to Porthcothan, then do the one-way walk from Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth via Bedruthan Steps. Alternatively if you'd rather do a circular walk without involving busses, you can park at the (quieter) Pentire Steps car park and do our Bedruthan Steps circular route. There's also a longer circular walk from the main National Trust Carnewas car park to Porthcothan which ends at the tea rooms.