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Bedruthan Steps

  • Bedruthan, near Padstow, Cornwall, PL27 7UW

Not only a beach of mind-smashing beauty, Bedruthan Steps is ideal for dog-walkers because it attracts less crowds than many other beaches around Newquay. Dubbed Britain’s equivalent of Australia’s Twelve Apostles, here the golden sand slaloms around mussel-clad towers of sea-hewn granite. Plenty of onlookers peer at the staggering rock formations and Atlantic rollers from the cliff-tops, but it’s the 140-something steps to descend (and more importantly, the calf-grinding climb back up) that deters the masses from the beach itself.

That, and the fact that it’s only accessible at low tide. If you don’t fancy the steps there’s a stunning walk along the South West Coast Path to Park Head and Porth Mear cove, but nothing compares with being dwarfed by these rock giants from the sand. And once you make it back up the cliff stairs, there’s a dog-friendly National Trust café greeting you with cream teas and water bowls. Incidentally, the cliff staircase is not accessible between November and February.

Beach Type: Sand
Dog Information: Dogs allowed all year round.