Steps to beach closed

Walking at Carnewas

There is currently no access to Bedruthan beach (not National Trust), following a significant cliff fall in the winter of 2019-20, with a further rock fall taking place in January 2021. As well as the danger of unstable cliffs there is also the risk of becoming cut off by the tide. For your safety and that of others, please do not look for alternative routes down to the beach.

Carnewas at Bedruthan is still a wonderful place to visit offering beautiful walks and cliff top views across the giant rock stacks on the beach and along the coast towards Trevose Head.

In 2021, as part of an EU grant funded works programme, we completed significant work along the cliff top paths, to improve access. This will improve year round access underfoot, prevent further erosion and allow less able visitors to access the coastal viewpoints.

What more can you tell us?

Following the first fall, the National Trust commissioned an initial geological survey to determine the stability of the cliff face and assess whether access could be reinstated.

The report showed that the rock fall affected the full height of the cliffs (which are 60-70 metres tall) with rock debris landing on the lower sections of the stairs and on the adjacent foreshore, leaving large unstable overhanging sections of rock. It also showed the fault continued over the stairs and that the safety netting had been compromised.

Ultimately it concluded that further, in-depth, specialist feasibility studies would be required to identify whether there are options for stabilising the rock face and repairing the steps and safety infrastructure.

What’s next?

We have now secured funding to undertake the feasibility work needed. This work will be carried out this year with costs expected to be in the tens of thousands of pounds. We will continue to consult with expert partners as well as the owner of the beach (who also owns the clifftop affected by the January 2021 fall).

For now, the steps will remain closed and no alternative route is available. The safety of visitors, along with others, is of upmost importance. The RNLI, Coastguard and the National Trust are strongly advising visitors not to try to find alternative routes to get down the cliff onto the beach due to the unstable condition of the cliffs and strong sea currents which give rise to a very real danger of being cut off by the tide.

We’re incredibly grateful for the patience and understanding of the many who feel a deep affinity to Bedruthan beach and we will share more as information becomes available.