Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

The other day, Chillbrook posted some wonderful summer solstice images taken at this part of the Cornish coast on his blog Cornwall Photographic here,

I commented on his blog post, and mentioned that I had a few images from my only visit, over quarter of a century ago (gosh, that makes me sound ancient – I’m not really!) he said he would be interested in seeing them – so here they are. Original images taken on a Canon FTb with either a 35mm or 50mm prime lens, Fujichrome film stock. More than that I can’t say, lost in the mists of time…

I know it was a beautiful late afternoon in October. Look at the clarity of that water:

Bedruthan steps1

Bedruthan steps1

The late afternoon sun was throwing shadows across the bay:

Bedruthan steps2

Bedruthan steps2

This shot gives the best view of the rocks as stepping stones for a giant:

Bedruthan steps3

Bedruthan steps3

I think I was standing on steps descending to the beach here (I was quite disappointed that it was high tide, and I couldn’t actually get onto the beach:

Bedruthan steps4

Bedruthan steps4

I really should go back one day, and ensure I get some shots of the golden hour at either end of the day….

16 comments

  1. 25 years ago and those photos are still looking good! That water is SO clear. We also went there at high tide so couldn’t get on to the beach, a shame as I wanted to try and get some photos similar to the 12 disciples on Ocean Road near Melbourne. I shall have to compare mine with yours and see if there are still the same number of ‘steps’ Oh and thank you for introducing me to Cornwall Photographic 🙂

    • Oh, great! Glad you like them…these slides haven’t seen the light of day for years! Another place that has some interesting rock formations is Ladrun Bay (probably spelt it wrong)… Haven’t got any images because I was always going to go back….. A dozen years ago! One day I’ll try to make it. Mum and I made up a ditty “I can’t come to work today Because the tide’s out at Ladrun Bay”

  2. These are wonderful images Sue. I really like the third image particularly. It really does show very clearly the stepping stones. It’s quite clear that the stepping stones would not give a giant any particular shortcut as it’d be easier to just follow the cliff. I guess it gave the locals something to tell the early Victorian tourists who used to visit Newquay. They and would be taken to Bedruthan Steps by horse and carriage at the dawn of the package holiday with excursions included. 🙂

  3. I was last there nearer to 40 years ago, Sue! Frightening, isn’t it? But undoubtedly lovely. 🙂

  4. Loved seeing these giant stepping stones, Sue. I would imagine that not much has changed there in 25 years. 🙂

  5. The stepping stones are amazing! As is the clarity of the water in the first shot!.So much to see and so little time…sigh! 😦

    • Indeed, I couldn’t agree more… My list is looking unattainable for a variety of reasons. But hey ho…I will have to cherry pick

  6. So beautiful! These sea stacks are probably covered with birds in early summer. Great spot for photography.

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