Steps to beach closed

Walking at Carnewas

During winter 2019/20 a significant rock fall took place damaging the steps to the beach and in January 2021 there was a further cliff fall on neighbouring land above Bedruthan beach (not National Trust).

January 2021

Last winter a rock fall took place from the cliffs above Bedruthan beach. Fortunately, the cliff stairs were closed to visitors when this happened. Following the rock fall there is suspected damage to the lower section of the steps as well as the protective netting and pinning on the cliff faces, which are an integral part of the safety infrastructure.

In 2020 the National Trust commissioned an exploratory report by experienced geologists.

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. We are now consulting with expert partners (as well as the owner of the beach who also owns the clifftop effected by the January fall) to consider the implications. This includes working with specialist engineers to establish the feasibility and cost of repairs to the steps.

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to inevitably delay and impact on these discussions, as has the financial impact the pandemic has had on the Trust. The charity is having to make millions of pounds worth of savings over the coming years. 

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, wildflowers 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.