Are you planning a trip to the Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall? From the best camping spots to when’s the best time to come, this is everything you need to know before you go!
The Bedruthan Steps might just be one of my favourite places in all of the UK.
There’s just something about the rocks and the cliffs protruding out of the sea that captures the imagination like nowhere else. They’re like the 12 Apostles in Australia, but you know, only British.
When I was walking along the beach at the Bedruthan Steps, I couldn’t help but think of pirates who must’ve used this area as a smuggles cove. This place feels like it’s straight out of Treasure Island and I love that air of magic and mystery.
The dramatic views of the Bedruthan Steps rarely fails to take your breath away. As this is one of my favourite places in the UK, I wanted to give you a detailed post on everything you’ve ever needed to know about the Bedruthan Steps.
This is a real highlight on any trip to Cornwall, so next time you’re in the south-west of England make sure you add the Bedruthan Steps to your list of places to visit.
What are the Bedruthan Steps?
The Bedruthan Steps are a series of granite stacks that have fallen into the sea creating one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in the UK.
According to legend, the rocks were stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan who used them as a shortcut across the bay. I love this image of a great lumbering giant leaping from rock to rock. Just think Lord of the Rings when you’re here and you’ll understand.
The first recorded name of the ‘Bedruthan Steps’ is from 1847. Even though it was named after the original cliff staircase, the name is now used for the beach and stretch of coastline.
Honestly, the best thing about the Steps is the view – it really is one of the best in the UK.
Are the Bedruthan Steps dangerous?
In an answer, they can be.
Access to the beach is difficult down a narrow steep staircase, so a certain degree of fitness is recommended. For those with kids, make sure you take care on the staircase as the railing is quite high and there is a big gap underneath.
The beach itself can only be reached during low-tide, so make sure you check tidal patterns before you visit so you can access the beach.
At low-tide, the beach stretches on for a mile with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Just make sure you bring hiking boots or trainers to get over all the rocks everywhere.
Also, as you’ll see for yourself, the sea is exceedingly rough and powerful. It is not recommended you swim here at all – though I’m not sure who would want to anyway!
Due to bad weather, the staircase is usually closed from 1st November through to the 1st March. Also, there is no lifeguard on this beach.
How much do the Bedruthan Steps cost?
The only thing you need to pay for is the car park. This costs £2.50 for two hours.
For those who are members of the National Trust, if you have your badge on display then parking is free.
Also, there is a really nice tearoom at the carpark where you can grab water from the hike along the cliffs or a scone when you return.
Camping at the Bedruthan Steps
If you want uninterrupted access to the Bedruthan Steps then there is a camping spot just a little bit along from the main car park. Spots cost £8 per person and include use of shower facilities. Animal friendly too.
This camping spot is only open during the summer.
Places to visit near the Bedruthan Steps
The Bedruthan Steps are north of Newquay so there are a number of places to visit along the coast.
One of my favourite spots is Watergate Bay. This is a lovely stretch of golden sand that’s perfect for a British beach day. Also, there are a couple of amazing restaurants there such as Jamie Oliver’s Thirteen and The Watergate Bay Hotel.
Another place I love is Padstow. This place is foodie heaven with a number of Rick Stein restaurants in the tiny town. Also, Paul Ainsworth’s 21 is a Michelin-starred restaurant serving up some of the best food around. I had the set lunch menu here and it was actually very reasonably priced at £29 for a three-course meal. Fantastic value for money, especially considering it is Michelin-starred.
Finally, a little further up the coast is Port Issac. I don’t think fishing villages come any cuter than this place and like the Bedruthan Steps, it is a must-see on any trip to Cornwall. There are a number of lovely tea rooms here, and the coastal walk overlooking the village offers some of the best views around too.
Hotels near the Bedruthan Steps
If you’re looking for a hotel near the Bedruthan Steps, you can check out the latest travel offers, and here are a few places I’d recommend too:
- Legacy Hotel Victoria – £45 per night – This is a nice little hotel in Newquay, about five miles from the Bedruthan Steps.
- Trevarrian Lodge – £65 per night – This lodge is just 20 minutes from the beach and is in a gorgeous village in Cornwall.
- St Petroc’s B&B – £95 per night – This old-fashioned stonehouse B&B is so cute and is the perfect holiday home for any trip to Cornwall.
- Bedruthan Steps Hotel – £160 per night – This is the closest hotel to the Bedruthan Steps and is just four minutes from the beach. The views from here are outstanding.
- The Scarlett Hotel – £430 per night – This is one of the most luxurious hotels in all of Cornwall. If you want to treat yourself to the next level while visiting the Bedruthan Steps you really can’t go wrong with the Scarlett Hotel.
Every time I visit Cornwall I come across a view that truly takes my breath away – on my most recent trip that honour went to the Bedruthan Steps.
I always knew this place existed, but nothing comes close to seeing it yourself for the first time; it’s almost spell binding.
This is the English coastline at it’s very best – raw, rugged yet enchantingly beautiful.
Are you heading to the Bedruthan Steps anytime soon? If so, what are the other things you’re getting up to while in Cornwall? Let me know in the comments below!
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