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Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, St Eval

Categories: Scenic Walking Areas, Lookouts, Tourist Spots
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Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps is a stretch of coastline located on the north Cornish coast between Padstow and Newquay, in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is within the parish of St Eval and is part owned by the National Trust. The Trust maintains a shop and cafe and the cliff–top view of rocks stretching into the distance along Bedruthan beach makes the area a popular attraction for tourists and painters. The property affords walks along the coast path and the steep steps at Bedruthan allow access to a series of rocky beaches at low tide . Signs at the top of the steps down to the beaches warn visitors not to risk swimming in these waters due to heavy rips, fast tides and submerged rocks.HistoryThere have been people in the area since at least the Bronze Age with six barrows nearby to the north, and overlooking Bedruthan Steps is Redcliff Castle, which dates back to at least the Iron Age. Redcliff Castle has three ramparts divided by two ditches, part of which have been quarried to improve the defences. Much of the internal parts of the castle have been eroded by the sea. There is a second castle within a mile to the north at Park Head and two miles to the south at Griffin's Point, a third. Cliff Castles or Promontory forts are defensive structures which are thought by archaeologists to be permanently occupied. In 2009 a menhir or longstone was discovered in a boundary hedge close to the coastal footpath. The stone lies on its side and is long.
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  • The steps at Bedruthan are really stunning. We walked the coastal path to Park Head which has wonderful coastal views in both directions. It's about three miles to park head and back to the Car Park a...  read more »
  • Bedruthan Steps is stunning just by its natural unspoilt beauty. The coast path is breathtaking and well worth a walk in either direction. The cafe does amazing food and portions are generous. Staff a...  read more »
  • We came here on a misty, drizzly afternoon and were so surprised at how the weather only added to the beauty and mystery here. SO glad we didn't let the weather dictate our itinerary. A nice hike, lov...  read more »
  • Lovely cafe with yummy food. Parking was cheap. Toilets were clean. And Bedruthan Steps were epic - the sea was almost in, there was a February storm swell and the waves were enormous - very dramatic!! Superb.
  • Went to the 11am Santa show. 110% amazed with it. The effort and performance of the staff that ran it was exceptional. The decor spared no expense and genuinely impressed me. Santa was amazing and made my little girls day. Thank you.
  • Beautiful spot for a cream tea on a sunny afternoon, the food from the cafe has been excellent every time we've visited!
  • Nice NT shop and facilities. Great views and nice walk.
  • Beautiful and stunning bit of coastline. Tea shop food was OK for the price.
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