Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth Beach

Mawgan Porth beach is just far enough from Newquay (4 miles) to avoid the crowds and summer excesses, yet benefit from the same golden sands and beautiful coastline. The beach here is sheltered by high cliffs to each side and at low tide there is ample sand for everyone, even on the busiest of days.

Mawgan Porth is a great family beach with lots of rockpools, caves and even a large stream running down the southern side of the beach. In terms of facilities there is everything you would expect from one of the region’s best beaches including disabled access.
There is seasonal lifeguard cover at Mawgan Porth and whilst swimming is generally safe this is also a popular surfing beach so is fairly exposed to the Atlantic swells.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard Summer cover - daily from 19 May - 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Disabled access

Easy, level access from car park across the road



OS grid ref.

SW 8494 6749