Steps to beach closed

Walking at Carnewas

Over the winter a significant rock fall took place at Bedruthan beach (not owned by the National Trust).

July 2020

Over the winter a significant rock fall took place at Bedruthan beach. Fortunately, it occurred when the cliff stairs were closed to visitors. There is suspected damage sustained to a lower section of the steps as well as the protective netting and pinning on the cliff faces surrounding the steps and which are an integral part of the safety infrastructure.

The National Trust commissioned an exploratory report by experienced geologists. Their surveying work outlined the specific location of the fall as well as the condition of the rocks and cliff faces.

The report recommended further geotechnical assessment be undertaken; including ground investigations, geotechnical data collection and stability analyses. This needed to be done to determine whether it is possible to adequately stabilise the cliff face and allow access to be reinstated. This report has now been completed and we ask for patience as we consult with expert partners (as well as the owner of the beach) to consider the implications.

The Coronavirus pandemic has inevitably delayed and impacted on these discussions.

We appreciate there is a lot of interest about when the cliff stairs might be reopened, but for now the steps allowing visitors access to the beach will remain closed and no alternative route is available. We appreciate this may be disappointing news and will keep everyone updated.

The safety of visitors, along with our team, is of upmost importance. The RNLI and the National Trust are strongly advising visitors not to try and find alternative routes to get down the cliff onto the beach due to the strong sea currents and very real danger of being cut off by the tide.

Carnewas at Bedruthan is still a fantastic place to visit offering cliff top views across the giant rock stacks on the beach and far along the coast towards Trevose Head. There are walks, wild flowers and coastal birds to enjoy. The South West Coast Path, car park, picnic area, toilets and tea-room remain available (check website for opening times) and the Trust looks forward to welcoming visitors to this breath-taking coastal location.