04 Carnewas to Stepper Point

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This AONB Section has an extremely varied coastal scenery, from the high headlands of Trevose Head and Stepper Point to the large cliffs and rocky stacks of the Bedruthan Steps. Small coves and gentle sandy bays give way to sand dunes at Constantine Bay, whilst a gently rolling inland plateau gradually rises toward distant higher ground at Bear Downs. High, windswept headlands with panoramic views are to be found at Stepper Point, including the yawning Camel Estuary.

 

BEACHES, BAYS AND COVES

This area is well know for its beaches, some more accessible than others. The promoted beaches include Trevone Bay, Harlyn BayBooby’s Bay, Constantine BayTreyarnon Bay and Porthcothan.

Other less accessible beaches exist at Mother Ivey’s Bay, Harbour Cove accessible from Hawkers Cove; and near Padstow from 

 

BOATS AND FERRIES

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BUSES

A route runs between Newquay and Padstow along the coast road serving Bedruthan, Porthcothan, St. Merryn, Constantine Bay and Trevone. This service also stops at Newquay Airport.

Routes & timetables

 

COMMUNITY AND TOURIST INFORMATION

This area has 7 bays for 7 days. Treyarnon, Trevone, Trevose, Constantine Bay, Booby's Bay, Mother Ivey's Bay and Porthcothan. Further south is Park Head and the famous landmark, Bedruthan Steps. View more information on the beaches and other tourism information on the North Cornwall Tourism website.

 

COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE

The prominent headland at Trevose Head offers views up and down the coast, reaching St.Ives and Morwenstow on a clear day.Park Head further south offers views up the coast to Trevose Head and down to Bedruthan.

Bedruthan Steps, is famed for the giant’s ‘stepping stones’ of Victorian myth. In reality these are very impressive pillars of rock that rise from the huge beach which can be accessed only at low tide.

 

EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS

For events in and around Porthcothan, click here

 

HISTORIC SITES AND BUILDINGS

The Trevose Head Lighthouse is a familiar landmark and one of many around the coast still in use. There is also an ancient cliff castle at Winecove Point.

 

NATURE

This area is rich in biodiversity with two prominent SSSI areas at Park Head and Trevose Head. The Cornwall Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, Downhill Meadow at Downhill lies just outside the AONB boundary.

 

PARKS AND GARDENS

Prideaux Place, just outside Padstow is an historic Elizabethan house with extensive gardens, recently extensively refurbished gardens and deer park.

 

RIVERS, PORTS AND HARBOURS

Although not strictly within the AONB boundary, the lovely harbour of Padstow provides an ideal staging point for exploration of this section.

 

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

There are the small hamlets/holiday villages of Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Booby’s Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan. St Merryn lies further inland from the coastal settlements in this area and straddles the AONB boundary, providing the perfect gateway.

 

WALKS AND CYCLEPATHS

Click here for fantastic walks in this area from iWalk Cornwall.

South West Coast Path National Trail sets out west from Padstow The St Piran Trail cuts through a large part of the area from Padstow to Trehemborne via Harlyn.