Great granite rocks hunker silently on the golden swathes of this magnificent beach, which are said to be the stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan. The setting for many tales of smuggling and shipwrecks, this is one of north Cornwall’s most iconic beaches and a must-see.

About six miles west of Padstow, this incredible landmark is one of the most spectacular views along the north coast of Cornwall.

Beautiful but difficult to access, the beach all but disappears at high tide, and has a very steep rock staircase which leads down to the beach. The steps are really only suitable only for the fit and able, and do take care with little ones. It’s worth the climb though, just to be down amongst the looming rocks nestled in the golden sands where it’s easy to imagine the giant jumping from one rock to the other. Picnicking is lovely here, but it’s not safe to swim here at any time due to the very strong currents, so please don’t be tempted!

Don’t worry if your visit doesn’t coincide with low tide or if you visit in winter when the steps are closed – the views from the cliffs are just as incredible. Ogle at the dramatic stacks of rock, home to thousands of sea birds as they emerge from the squally sea as well as gorgeous coves and headlands to walk past, as well as the bountiful bird life. You might even spot a seal or two or an intrepid rock climber or two who love the challenge the Bedruthan Steps offer.

There’s a National Trust cafe and car park on the cliffs to parking is easy and you can stop for something to warm you up if it’s a particularly blustery day. If you want something a bit more substantial after all that fresh Atlantic air, head to the Bedruthan Hotels’ Wild Cafe for a bite to eat. We would highly recommend stopping by on a Sunday when they serve an exceptional roast dinner – the two roast sharing platter with a garden’s worth of veggies and spuds, plus rib-stickingly good puds are just heavenly.

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