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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.
The Trust has rebuilt the cliff staircase down to the beach and visitors need to be aware of the risk of being cut off by the tide. Please also note that due to the strong currents here it is unsafe to enter the water at any time.
Browse in the National Trust shop, treat yourself in the popular café (run by a local concession) or simply relax and enjoy a picnic. The buildings are a reminder of Carnewas' industrial past when iron, copper and lead was mined from the cliffs.
The sky at night
Carnewas at Bedruthan 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 2015.
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 2015.
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
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.