Sunday, 15 January 2012

A classic Cornish walk- Bedruthan Steps

Porthcothan
We drove over to the north coast of Cornwall today, to Porthcothan, only 35 miles from Falmouth. From here there is an easy, but beautiful, 3 and a half mile walk westwards to Carnewas. 


This is real slate country, and the pounding of the cliffs has eroded this friable rock to produce many rocky inlets and outcrops, none more spectacular than the Bedruthan steps, a sequence of large rock islands, which, according to legend, were used as stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan.

Carnewas was a hive of activity in the 19th century, with miners tunnelling into the cliffs from the beach in search of iron, copper and lead. The National Trust office was once the count house for the mines, and the excellent tea rooms are converted mine buildings.

Bedruthan steps
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