Mawgan Porth’s Sunday Times award winning beach has acres of golden sands – great for just relaxing, playing family games, making sand castles or maybe just flying a kite. Rock pools abound and there are caves to explore. The fantastic Atlantic breakers make for magnificent surfing, be it on Malibu or body boards, so there’s lots of fun for everyone, all under the watchful eye of the RNLI lifeguards who operate on the beach every day between April and September.
Mawgan Porth and surrounding beaches are dog friendly, but please be responsible with your pets and don’t let them interfere with the enjoyment of others using the beach.
There are many activities in and around the local area such as a great pitch and putt, which incidentally sits atop an Iron Age fort, crazy golf, fishing (coarse, sea and trout), go-kart racing, surf schools, ten pin bowling, a candle factory – the list is endless.
For the walkers amongst us there is the South West Coastal Path which passes right through Mawgan Porth, so from here you can walk northwards towards Padstow, passing en route the starkly beautiful and legendary Bedruthan Steps, supposedly created by the giant Bedruthan walking the coastline. You can, at low tide, go down the many steps (not those of the giant though) to this long and sandy beach to walk or explore the caves.
Walking on from here brings you to Porthcothan Bay,Treyarnon Bay with its natural swimming pool in the rocks at low tide, Constantine and Booby’s Bay, Trevose Head and lighthouse, Mother Ivy’s, Harlyn and Trevone Bays and finally Padstow from where, no doubt after a little refreshment, you can get a bus back to Mawgan Porth.
Taking the Coastal Path south brings you to Watergate Bay, Porth and finally Newquay. Again buses can return you to glorious Mawgan Porth.
For those of you who wish for more country views you can walk inland from Mawgan Porth, along the Vale of Lanherne for some two miles to the pretty village of St. Mawgan-in-Pydar. Here you can discover many old and quaint buildings such as the Parish Church with its magnificent interior, The Convent of Lanherne, St. Mawgan Village School, and the village post office and shop which has a delightful adjoining tea room. There is a pub within a stones throw, as is the ancient ford with the old bridge over it, and an antique shop. Crossing the village green you’ll find the peaceful Japanese garden, whilst nearby is the local craft and gift shop with its unusual and varied ‘object d’art’.
A little further afield, and to name but a few, are the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden in St. Ives, the Eden Project near St Austell, The Bodmin and Wenford preserved steam railway at Bodmin, and Land’s End and Bodmin Moor both with their spectacular scenery. There are so many beautiful gardens and houses to visit also, and all within a reasonable travelling distance of wonderful Mawgan Porth.