The north coast of Cornwall is home to some of the most spectacular and dramatic landscapes and seascapes in all of the United Kingdom. The stretch between the popular tourist destinations of Padstow and Newquay is a particularly beautiful area. Bedruthan Steps marks out a unique spot, which offers breath-taking views out towards the Atlantic Ocean. With plenty of fine hotels in the area, it's a great spot for holidaymakers.
Natural Beauty at Bedruthan Steps
The rocks at Bedruthan Steps are a focal point. Not only do they add to the enigma of the vista, but they also make the beaches a fantastic place to explore at low tide. The rocks and strong tide mean that the beach at Bedruthan Steps isn't a great place for surfing, despite the powerful swells. The area attracts ramblers and painters instead, adopting a slightly different feel from other beaches in the region.
The National Trust has recently installed a new set of steps which take visitors down the steep cliff to the beaches. Visitors should beware of strong tides and the steep climb. Elsewhere, there's also a National Trust shop and café, making Bedruthan Steps an easy place to stop off for an afternoon.
Hotels near Bedruthan Steps
There's no shortage of fabulous hotels in Cornwall, but if but if proximity to Bedruthan Steps is high up on your list, then you can't do much better than The Merrymoor, in Mawgan Porth. The hotel offers direct access to the beach at Mawgan Porth, which is far better suited to lazy summer afternoons and swimming with the kids. Bedruthan Steps is just a few kilometres away, however.
Many of the best places to stay in Cornwall are friendly, family-run B&Bs. The Trevarrian Lodge in Mawgan Porth offers an intimate setting not far from Bedruthan Steps.
Explore the Area
North Cornwall is packed with things to see and do. Just a short journey from Bedruthan Steps are the popular towns of Padstow and Newquay. While both are popular with tourists, the towns boast very different credentials. Padstow is a quaint fishing town, renowned for its excellent range of local cuisine and it's Mayday celebrations. Newquay is more suited to younger travellers, offering a plethora of excellent surf spots and a lively pub and club scene.