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Clambering down to Bedruthan Steps

The spectacular coastal landscape of Bedruthan is not to be missed when in Cornwall. Just a few miles east of Newquay, it’s a hiker’s paradise – take the steep path out onto the cliff facing Park Head, and stare at the stacks of volcanic rock rising from Pendarves Island all the way to Diggory’s Island. Weathered by Cornish wind and rain for centuries, legend has it that these steps were jumped across by Cornish giant Bedruthan to get across the bay, and you can see why judging by the size of them! To get down to the beach, you’ll need sensible walking shoes, as although much improved by the National Trust who now own the beach, you may find yourself holding on to Bedruthan’s Steps, so bring your walking boots!

Bedruthan Steps is not a place for swimming due to strong undercurrents, but the children will love exploring the huge cave on the beach and it’s great exercise for the dog too. Head a couple of miles down the road and you’ll come across two iron age hill forts and six burial barrows – great for history lovers and young explorers alike, then stop off for a delicious cream tea at the National Trust’s café by the car park, a real treat after a steep climb onto the beach!

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With thanks to Miles Sabin on Flickr