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Bedruthan Steps  



Bedruthan Steps is a truly spectacular coastal landscape, and generally regarded as one of the most iconic beaches in Cornwall. The cliffs, over the years, have been eroded leaving a series of volcanic rock stacks, a series of columns that stretch across the bay.


At high water, when the surf batters the cliffs and rocky outcrops, there is no beach at all except for
a very small area of shingle at Pentire Beach. As the tide recedes a vast area of flat golden sand is exposed, over 1.5kms in length. This whole stretch of coastline is known as Bedruthan Steps, but the southerly end is often referred to as Whitestone Cove and the northerly end as Pentire Steps.


The National Trust run, maintain and manages the access to the beach. For safety reasons access is restricted in winter (closed from November to March). This is very necessary as  there is always danger of cliff falls along the whole length of the beach.

Bedruthan Steps unfortunately does not have lifeguard cover during the year, so you have to take extra precaution if swimming here. Please be sure to observe the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Pentire Steps Beach (0.4m)


Mawgan Porth Beach (0.8m)


Porthcothan Bay (1.3m)


Fox Cove (1.6m)


Watergate Bay (1.9m)


Treyarnon Bay (2.1m)


Constantine Bay (2.4m)


Mother Ivey's Bay (3.0m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sandy with rocky outcrops

Parking on the cliffs above the beach.

Lifeguard Service Facilities


National Trust Cafe and Toilets nearby.

Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.


OS Grid Reference - SW 84945 69776

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 184945 : 069776

Postcode (nearest) PL27 7UW

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW849697

Latitude : Longitude : 50.488231 : -5.0331008



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