Walks around Bedruthan Steps

Walks around Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

Enjoy the walks by being guided by the app

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Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
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The app will direct you to the start of the walk via satnav.
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The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
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The walk route is described with detailed, regularly-updated, hand-written directions.
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Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
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A map shows the route, where you are at all times and even which way you are facing.
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Each walk is packed with information about the history and nature along the route, from over a decade of research than spans more than 3,000 topics.
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Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
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The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
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We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - the price for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

Bedruthan Steps is the name used both for the stretch of coast with a series of rock stacks at Carnewas and also the name of the beach (see the link for more info about the beach). The best views are from the cliffs and the nicest colours are before the sun moves west over the sea by mid-afternoon.

  • 1.9 miles/3 km - Easy

    Park Head and Pentire Steps

    Pentire Steps

    Park Head and Pentire Steps

    1.9 miles/3 km - Easy

    A circular walk on Park Head, used as one of the filming locations in the Poldark BBC TV series and with spectacular views over Bedruthan Steps and the Trescore Islands.

  • 4.5 miles/7.3 km - Moderate

    Bedruthan Steps

    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

    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.

  • 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.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.

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.