Mawgan Porth – Dog Friendly, Family Beach

Mawgan Porth beach lies between Newquay, 4 miles to the south and Padstow, 10 miles to the north. However, it’s much less crowded than its neighbours. The large beach has golden sands and is sheltered by headlands on both sides. When it’s low tide there is plenty of beach for everyone, even on a busy day. Check tide times here. Dogs are welcome all year round.

OS Explorer 106 Map. The Explorer 106 Ordnance Survey map covers this area of Cornwall. The map displays the area of Newquay, Padstow, and Port Issac, down to St Austel. With this map, you also get a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The Explorer Map is available in both the standard paper version and the weatherproof ‘Active’ version.

The beach at Mawgan Porth is very popular with families and as well as extensive sands it boasts lots of rock pools, caves and a large stream running down the southern part of the beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer months (19 May – 30 September) and swimming is usually safe. As the beach is exposed to Atlantic swells it is a popular beach with surfers.

There are a number of bistros and cafes surrounding the beach, so there are plenty of places to get something to eat. There are several shops where you can buy or hire wetsuits and surfboards and there is a traditional village store selling a wide range of goods.

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path passes through Mawgan Porth. Travelling north towards Padstow, you pass the famous Bedruthan Steps. Walking past Bedruthan you’ll see the small cove at Pentire Steps, then Porthcothan Bay, Treyarnon Bay and the bays surrounding the headland at Trevose Head. Leaving Trevose Head behind you pass Harlyn and Trevone Bays before you finally reach Padstow. There is a fairly regular bus service from Padstow back to Mawgan Porth.

Taking the Coastal Path in the opposite direction takes you to Watergate Bay, Porth and finally Newquay. Again there is a fairly regular bus service from Newquay to Mawgan Porth.

If you are looking for a shorter walk, the fabulous Bedruthan Steps are only a short distance away over the cliff tops. At the time of writing (April 2022) there is no access down the steps to the beach due to a cliff fall.

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I absolutely love Mawgan Porth, there’s plenty of beach, the cafes serve some amazing food and the surfing’s great. My dog loves it too, plenty of room to run around without bothering anybody, and there are usually some other dogs on the beach to play with.

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