Carnewas at Bedruthan from the bus stop

Walking trail

This spectacular stretch of the north Cornwall coast offers views of the dramatic cliffs overlooking Bedruthan Steps (not National Trust), contrasted with the sheltered Porth Mear cove and leading you to the sandy beach of Porthcothan.

The view from the cliffs at Carnewas at Bedruthan

Map

Carnewas bus trail map

Start:

Carnewas at Bedruthan

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The bus stops directly at the end of the road that leads to the National Trust car park. Follow the road towards the car park - about 1/4 mile. You'll find toilets, a shop and tea-room (concession) in the car park.

2

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.

3

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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4

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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5

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.

6

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

7

From the beach re-join the coast path on the left, climbing up the steps and over the stile; follow this over a second stile. The path follows the line of the coast, where you will see a strip of rocks called Trescore Islands running parallel. At some low tides these form a natural sea pool.

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Continue onwards, keeping the fence to your right, over another stile towards Porthcothan

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When you reach the edge of Porthcothan bay you will notice a large oval sink hole

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The path descends a little and you pass through a kissing gate where there’s a lifebuoy marked Golden Burn, a short scramble down the rocks takes you to the beach, where at very low tides it’s possible to reach Pothcothan via the sand.The path through the dunes behind the lifebuoy brings you out at the stores

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. Alternatively continue on the coast path, with the houses on your right, which will bring you to Porthcothan Bay stores nestled at the back of the dunes, walk down the side of the stores to the main road.

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The bus stop is on the opposite side of the road. Catch a bus here to return to Carnewas at Bedruthan (Kernow Coastal route A5) or re-trace your steps.

End:

Porthcothan

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Carnewas at Bedruthan from the bus stop

Terrain

A majority of the trail follows the South West Coast Path, following coast and farmland footpaths. There is moderate terrain along natural, uneven surfaces and can be muddy during wet weather. The route includes slopes, steps and unfenced cliff top. Sturdy footwear is advised. Be aware of dangerous currents at both Bedruthan and Porth Mear beaches and we strongly advise not entering the sea here. Dogs are welcome. Please keep them on a lead as there is livestock in
surroundings fields. A dog bin is located at Carnewas.

Carnewas at Bedruthan from the bus stop

Contact us

northcornwall@nationaltrust.org.uk

01208 863046

Carnewas at Bedruthan from the bus stop

How to get here

Address
Carnewas at Bedruthan, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7UW
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 at Bedruthan and Porthcothan are served by Kernow buses, Atlantic Coaster A5 (Monday to Saturday) Newquay to Padstow.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 32 passes nearby.

Carnewas at Bedruthan from the bus stop

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Carnewas at Bedruthan (all year) and Portcothan (seasonal)
  • National Trust shop at Carnewas and seasonal shop at Porthcothan.
  • Tea-room at Carnewas (National Trust concession) open seasonally and check for winter opening.