Back in May, Scottie and I popped up to a stretch of the coast that frequently crops up on my Instagram, but that neither of us had visited ourselves. This short walk goes from Carnewas Point, past the Bedruthan Steps, towards Park Head.
After a quick lunch in the tiny cafe next to the car park, we meandered down the coast path to take in the sights.
The Bedruthan Steps themselves were definitely awe inspiring – the Instagram photos definitely don’t do them justice.
We braved the climb down the steps to Bedruthan Beach. Although the tide was in quite a way, this was definitely worth it for the clear blue waters and different view of the Steps.
The first stack is named Carnewas Island (behind this photo) followed by Pendarves Island, Redcove Island, Samaritan Island, Queen Bess Rock and lastly Diggory’s Island.
The path gives spectacular views of the Steps from different angles.
The various beaches and coves can be reached during low tide or down some suspect cliff paths.
Park Head with Scott for reference.
There was a whole bunch of seagulls living on the right side of this headland, having creating nests in all the nooks and crevices. Further evidence of their residence could be seen from the tiny piles of blue shells along the path where they must have dropped mussles from a height to break them up.
Constantine Bay and Trevose Head with its lighthouse in the distance.
Carnewas has a National Trust car park which is free for members and pay-and-display for everyone else. It’s not a massive car park either, although there are a few more further up the road, so definitely worth getting their early if you think it’s going to be busy. NT information is here.
The coast path is quite steep and rocky in parts, so may not be accessible for all. The steps down to the beach are pretty steep and can be slippery. Strong currents make the waters in the bay very unsafe and there is no lifeguard cover at any time.