Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk

Walking trail

This spectacular stretch of the north Cornwall coast offers views of the dramatic cliffs overlooking Bedruthan Steps, contrasted with the sheltered Porth Mear cove. You can either start your walk at Carnewas or Park Head car parks. If starting from Park Head begin at step number eight.

Bedruthan, Cornwall


Map route for Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk


Carnewas car park, Bedruthan, grid ref: SW850690


From Carnewas car park, follow the path which runs from the information board, turning right towards the coast path, and continue down the stone steps. Alternatively, start with a short detour along the path straight ahead and through the gorse, for dramatic views along the coastline in both directions before heading to the right and joining the path down the steps.


At the bottom of the steps take in the view or descend the cliff stairs to enjoy time on the beach, not National Trust. Please note the stairs are closed during winter from the beginning of November. Climb the steps from the beach. Continue up the stone steps with views of the beach and stacks to the left.

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Continue along the coast path, past the earthworks of Redcliff Castle towards Park Head, eventually walking through a tamarisk hedge. Go through a kissing gate and then continue straight on, with the hedge on the right.

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Keep following the path until it forks after a bench. Choose either a slightly lengthier and sturdier scenic walk to the left by the cliff edge taking in the headland, Bronze Age barrows and another cliff castle. Alternatively, for a shorter route cut across fields on the grassy path to the right.


On arrival at Porth Mear, with a view of Trevose Head and the lighthouse, descend the path and then go through a kissing gate. To access the beach, take the short path heading left.

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Re-join the path and continue heading inland along the valley (if not spending time on the beach turn right to join the path following the valley). Take in the sound of the stream to the left whilst noticing the increased amount of shelter and milder air that the valley enjoys.


Go through another kissing gate and continue diagonally across two grazing fields towards a gate with a stone stile next to it, which sits to the left of two National Trust holiday cottages.


Go through the gate and follow the tarmaced lane straight ahead of you towards the Park Head car park. As you reach the car park turn right, through a kissing gate, and follow the right hand edge of the fields through two more gates. Note: If starting your walk from Park Head you'll begin by going through the kissing gate at the far end of the car park and follow the right hand edge of the fields through two more gates.


Turn immediately left after the second gate, and follow the path along the left hand side of two fields until you reach a further kissing gate.


Carnewas car park, Bedruthan, grid ref: SW850690

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Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk


Following coast and farmland footpaths. Moderate terrain along natural, uneven surfaces. Route includes slopes, steps and unfenced cliff top. Sturdy footwear is advised. Be aware of dangerous tides at both Bedruthan and Porth Mear beaches. Dogs welcome. Please keep on lead as there is livestock in surroundings fields. 

Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk

Contact us

Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk

How to get here

Carnewas, near Bedruthan, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7UW
By train

Newquay 7 miles (11.2km).

By road
Just off the B3276 from Newquay to Padstow, 6 miles (9.6km) south-west of Padstow.
By foot

The South West Coast Path runs along the north Cornwall coast, passing through Padstow and Newquay.

By bus

Carnewas is served by Western Greyhound 556, Newquay to Padstow.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 32 passes nearby.

Carnewas at Bedruthan coast walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Dog bin located at Carnewas
  • Toilets