For some reason I’d always thought that Bedruthan Steps was really far away.
(As in, North Cornwall far away… not North of England!)
I’ve never been before; always assuming it would be a long drive, and to be honest, I’d just never thought about it much! But recently on Instagram I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful photos of this stretch of coastline, so last Saturday my friend Dean and I decided to walk off our hangovers and enjoy the beautiful bank holiday sunshine.
So, in actual fact, Bedruthan is apparently only just the other side of Newquay, and didn’t take long to get to at all. I was also amazed that we managed to get a parking space seeing as it was a sunny August bank holiday, but luckily it wasn’t too busy.
Bedruthan Steps is a National Trust owned section of the north cliffs (meaning it’s free to park if you’re an NT member – yay!), which is famous for it’s epic row of rock stacks that stick out of the beach and get swallowed by the ocean at high tide.
So what are the steps? Well, they’re not actual steps. I mean, there is a staircase that leads down to the beach from the cliffs, but there’s another story.
Legend has it that a giant (YES ANOTHER GIANT STORY – Cornwall is obsessed) named Bedruthan created the rock stacks to use as stepping stones in order to create a shortcut across the bay.
You can believe that if you wish, but all I know is that it makes for a pretty epic landscape!
The whole walk is breathtaking too, with some amazing cliff drops and jutting corners, and of course the stunning ‘Peter Pan’ island as you walk along to Porthcothan beach is something else too!
With rocks, a mini island beach and even a mermaid lagoon, this little paradise is definitely worth a visit as well :) I can’t wait to go back with my swim stuff in hand.
We finished off our hike and headed back into Newquay for some dinner, and ended up witnessing a rather beautiful sunset across Little Fistral and the headland too!
What did you get up to on the bank holiday weekend?
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