Bedruthan Steps is a truly spectacular landscape on the north Cornish coastline, a few miles east of Newquay. The cliffs at Bedruthan have been systematically eroded over the years, leaving a series of impressive volcanic rock stacks. Theses pillars of detached cliff rise majestically from Bedruthan Beach, forming a series of columns that stretch across the bay from Pendarves Island to Diggory's Island. One of the stacks is known as the 'Samaritan'. The Samaritan was a cargo vessel that was wrecked against the pillar in 1846, with the loss of nine lives. The local population benefited from the tragedy by salvaging the 'Samaritans' cargo of barreled beef and printed cloth. From time to time the strong currents that are prevalent in the bay, shift the sands from around the base of the 'Samaritan', exposing the remnants of the rotting keel of its namesake.