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  • blue sky and foxgloves at Mawgan Porth beach
  • aerial image of Mawgan Porth
  • Sea and cliffs at Mawgan Porth

All about Mawgan Porth

Located on Cornwall’s stunning north coast, Mawgan Porth is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. The beach has the same golden sands as some of the well known beaches to the south such as Watergate Bay or Newquay but is generally less crowded. Watergate Bay is around 2 miles to the south with Newquay just further on and the pretty harbour town of Padstow around 9 miles to the north.

Valley and beach

The beach lies at the end of a valley leading from one of Cornwall’s prettiest villages, St Mawgan. At the beach, a small parade of shops serves all beach needs with café’s, eateries and places to buy buckets and spades. A pitch and putt course is on hand and a small stream runs down the beach towards the sea; great for rock pooling.

RNLI lifeguards are on hand from Easter through to September and it’s possible to hire surf equipment and take lessons from some of the local surf schools. The beach is dog friendly.

Sandy beach Mawgan porth

signpost at Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth beach showing the stream


Surrounding walks

Mawgan Porth lies on the south west coast path. The views from the cliff tops are spectacular. Bedruthan Steps is around half an hour on foot where amazing rocks stacks can be viewed. There’s also a National Trust café to recharge your batteries at before heading towards Padstow via several beautiful beaches and bays.

You can also explore the countryside inland in a good circular walk which passes through meadows and woods. A medieval church and plenty of pubs are on the way!

Relax by the beach

We have a choice of apartments close to the beach. Mawgan Porth Apartments were opened in summer 2017 and offer a choice of five newly refurbished apartments either with one, two or three bedrooms. Four of the five apartments have sea and valley views with the fifth having a small enclosed garden to the rear. It’s also just 300 metres to the beach from the apartments.

White Lodge Apartments are just under 200 metres from the beach and all have sea views. There is a choice of one or two bedrooms. Both apartment complexes are well-equipped for self-catering.

driftwood lounge and kitchen

view from White Lodge

seascape lounge