Mawgan Porth is just a 15 minute drive from Padstow (it’s about halfway between Padstow and Newquay) and it’s a sandy beach with plenty to tempt families. This sheltered, west-facing beach is well served by a selection of shops, a cafe, toilets and car park, and there’s even plenty of room on the sand at high tide. Mawgan Porth is a great beach for swimming, family fun and of course, surfing (well it’s Cornwall after all).
Mawgan Porth is slightly smaller than some of the famous Watergate Bay beaches but it’s still got plenty to offer and always attracts the crowds. The beach is found 4 miles from Newquay, and it’s easy to see why this is another popular location for surfers and families enjoying Watergate Bay beach holidays.
There’s a lifeguard service here during summer, so you can enjoy the water safely, and another advantage for those on pet-friendly holidays is that dogs are welcome all year round. Take care not to try swimming or surfing at low tide here though as it can be risky. The winner of a Sunday Times award, this beach forms part of the South West Coast Path too and if you walk it in the direction of Cornwall you’ll pass the spectacular Bedruthan Steps.