GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bedruthan Steps

5 miles (8.5 km)

This walk takes you to a stunningly beautiful stretch of Cornish Coast where you will find the Bedruthan Steps.
This series of large rocks along the beach are a popular tourist attraction and very photogenic. There are great views towards Carnewas Island and Trescore Islands to enjoy. The area is also covered with attractive wildflowers which attract a variety of butterflies and birds.
The walk starts from the National Trust Carnewas car park and heads to the coast path. You then pass the Bedruthan Steps said to have been used as stepping stones by the giant Bedruthan. There is a steep staircase down to a lovely secluded beach but be mindful of the changing tides if you take this detour.
The walk continues to Porth Mear where there is a lovely cove with lots of pretty rock pools. You can continue along the coast to Porthcothan where where there is another gorgeous bay and beach. You can also stop for refreshments in the little village.
To return to the car park you can just follow the coast all the way back or take a nice detour at Porth Mear towards Pentire Farm. This section will take you through a pretty valley with streams and attractive countryside.
The Bedruthan Steps are located about 6 miles north of Newquay so you could follow the South West Coast Path to the steps if you would prefer to come on foot.


PL27 7UW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bedruthan Steps OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bedruthan Steps Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head south to Magwan Porth and you could visit the Merrymoor Inn for some refreshments. There's a good menu and great sea views from the garden area. It's a lovely place to relax if the weather is good. You can find the inn at postcode TR8 4BA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The coastal path and the beaches are great for dog walking and the Merrymoor Inn mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north along the coast path and you could visit Trevose Head. The attractive headland includes the Trevose Lighthouse and more great views.
You could also visit the steps from the car park at the lovely Magwan Porth just to the south of the steps. See the Magwan Porth to Bedruthan Steps Walk for more details.


Queen Bess Rock, Bedruthan Steps - - 54649

Queen Bess Rock, Bedruthan Steps. Off with her head! Until a few years ago this rock had a prominent "head" on the slender neck, but it succumbed to the waves in rough weather and fell off. The isolated pillars on this beach are volcanic rock, the cliffs behind are softer sandstone.

National Trust sign for Carnewas, by Bedruthan Steps - - 50433

National Trust sign for Carnewas, by Bedruthan Steps. Looking North across Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps to Park Head, with Trevose Head behind

Cliff at Trerathick Cove, near Bedruthan Steps - - 50419

Cliff at Trerathick Cove, near Bedruthan Steps. This cliff with deformed strata is just south of Bedruthan Steps. The rocks in this area are mainly Lower Old Red Sandstone. The isolated rocks of Bedruthan Steps are volcanic.

Coast path near Bedruthan Steps - - 1540409

Coast path near Bedruthan Steps. The South West Coast Path briefly enters this grid square.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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