Stepper Point


Stepper Point

Stepper Point gbmapping|SW911781 is a headland on the Atlantic coast in North Cornwall, England, UK.

Stepper Point and Pentire Point stand at either side of the mouth of the River Camel; Stepper to the south-west, Pentire to the north-east.

The headland above Stepper Point is topped by a stone tower, built as a 'day mark' to serve as a navigation beacon for seafarers during daylight. It is referred to locally as the "Daymark". There is also a coastguard lookout building on the headland. This is reached by a metalled road from the tiny hamlet of Crugmeer but vehicle access is restricted.

The South West Coast Path closely follows the coastline of the headland. The two-mile stretch of coast path from Padstow to Stepper Point has fairly easy gradients and is well-surfaced; beyond Stepper towards Trevone, the path becomes rougher and more sharply graded. Sightseeing boat tours regularly travel along the coast from the nearby port of Padstow.

Description

The headland rises to convert|242|ft|m|0|lk=on at its highest point. The land is used for farming and the remains of several defunct stone quarries can be seen.

The coast to the east of Stepper Point is on the estuary of the River Camel. This side of the headland boasts the sandhills of Tregirls beach and St Georges cove (which is easily accessed from the coast path). A little further north, Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove (where the Padstow lifeboat was stationed until 1962) are connected at low water by an extensive sandy beach which forms part of a sandbank at the mouth of the estuary known as Doom Bar.

To the south-west of the headland, the coastal scenery is more rugged with cliffs rising above a rocky foreshore. A mile south of Stepper point is another small headland called Gunver Head and a further mile on is the small sandy beach at Trevone.

References

*cite book | last = Duxbury | first = Brenda | coauthors = Williams, Michael | title = The River Camel | publisher = Bossinney Books | date =1987 | location = St Teath | isbn = 0 948158 26 3


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