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Dramatic coastline with views over huge rock stacks

Carnewas has become one of the most popular destinations on the north Cornish coast because of the spectacular cliff-top view of sea stacks stretching across Bedruthan beach (not Trust-owned).

This piece of coastline, just a few miles along the coast from Padstow, keeps itself hidden as you first enter the car park. However, take a short walk along the well established paths and you will be rewarded with views that are arguably some of the most impressive in Cornwall.

Take in the sea air on magnificent walks along the coast path towards Park Head and the sheltered Porth Mear cove beyond. Visitors in the spring and autumn will be treated to carpets of flowering squill as well as the stonechats and linnets often seen here.

The buildings that now serve as the shop and café are a reminder of Carnewas' industrial past when iron, copper and lead was mined from the cliffs.

Please note the beach staircase is not accessible over the winter period.

Shop and café

Our delightful shop stocks a range of gifts and souvenirs. Why not treat yourself at the popular café (National Trust approved concession), now serving hearty breakfasts (until noon) as well as lunches, cream teas and homemade cakes. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating.

The sky at night

Stargazing at night with telescopes

We're excited to announce that Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps has been recognised by the STFC as a Dark Skies Discovery Site. Away from artificial light, and with few natural or man made obstructions, it's a place to marvel at the view of the night sky. We advise that you enjoy your star gazing experience from the grass picnic area rather than the cliff edge itself. With Kernow Astronomers, there will be a number of star gazing events in 2014.

Autumn walks

Blow away the cobwebs by downloading one of our three suggested routes.

You can enjoy a gentle stroll at Park Head or a longer walk along the coast at Carnewas. There is also a circular walk from nearby Porthcothan in the direction of Booby's Bay.

50 things to do

Pay a visit to Carnewas and start ticking off your 50 things to do today. You could explore the nearby footpaths using a map and compass or look out for a number of different sea birds such as the rare corn bunting. This is the ideal place to go star gazing too. Look out for star gazing events coming up in 2014.

Valuable volunteering

Volunteer scrub bashing in North Cornwall

Want to meet new people and spend a day out in the fresh air? The local rangers offer opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. From scrub bashing to beach cleaning, we'd love you to join us and help to make a real difference.

Email us or call 01208 863821

Making a difference

Volunteers repairing Cornish hedges

Thank you to guests staying at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel who make a donation to the National Trust via their visitor gifting scheme. All money raised goes directly to help fund our work in the local area.

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