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

Mawgan Porth Beach Reviews

Great Beach

Jul 03rd 2022

Whenever in Cornwall always find ourselves coming back here. Lovely clean beach with shops, restaurants and toilets close by. Even better is its dog friendly. Just get there early during peak season to get parked in the main car park, past 10am and it’ll be close to full!

Brilliant for families

Stephen Martin
Nov 25th 2020

We have been holidaying in Mawgan Porth for over thirty years since our children were knee high to a donkey. There is a wide range of accommodation available and there are houses and cottages being developed and improved each year. There is a big expanse of sand and surfing at low and mid tide is normally brilliant. There is a small number of shops and cafes along with a small number of hotels. Every year we walk to the spectacular National Trust site at Bedruthen Steps where you will find a National Trust cafe and car park. Newquay and Padstow are close by

Wonderful beach!

Anne Bradshaw
Oct 08th 2020

Amazing beach x we have been coming here for many years. Very clean -lots of room, caves, rock pools ...... watch out for tide coming in quickly from sides as well.

Wonderful day

Sep 10th 2020

Beautiful sandy beach ,great surf, well behaved dogs, happy people.
Definitely going again.