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Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, St Eval

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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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  • Lovely scenic walk along the cliff top and down the steps to the beach (although watch your step!). Would highly recommend the National Trust cafe by the car park. 
  • Possibly takes top spot for our fav beach in Cornwall! Very steep steps down to the beach make for an exciting walk and the beach (not for swimming) is huge and has great rock pools and caves for expl...  more »
  • Walked from Pentire Farm (park head NT car park) to Bedruthan steps along coastal path - easily accessible and amazing views of cliffs and beaches NT cafe at bedruthan steps makes their own scones eve...  more »
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  • My favourite place in Cornwall (though I haven't been to all that many!). If you time it right and get here when the tide has gone out enough to enable access to the sand (down the 120 or so steps), it's well worth spending a few hours on the beach on a sunny day. Beautiful views from the coastal path if you don't fancy the beach part and a handy National Trust cafĂ© in you're in need of refreshments. Unless you're a member, the car park seems a bit expensive now it's gone Pay and Display, but I suppose they have to keep everything looking welcoming for visitors.
  • Beautiful views and dramatic scenery. Easy to spend a lot of time there just watching your surroundings. The steps are very very steep and you should always check the tide before you go or the beach will not be accessible.
  • Beautiful scenery, great walks, a lovely shop to potter in and a very generous cream tea in the cafe.
  • Great place to visit for family beach fun. Before visiting check tides are out as gate closed to beach during high tide. Very steep steps down to the beach beware ...... please visit.....
  • Breathtaking place. Amazing coastal path. Check out the NT cream tea.