A mere 4 miles from Newquay, and not far from Padstow, dog-friendly Mawgan Porth (Cornish for bay or harbour) is renowned for its utterly beautiful beach where golden sands caress incredible coastline. The enticing sands are sheltered by high cliffs and even at the busiest times, the beach is big enough at low tide to cater for everyone. In low/mid season, with fewer visitors, it is a mindblowing open space with fabulous views.
Despite the nearby airport, most people arrive by car or train. However, you can book flights from a variety of UK destinations. From Humberside and London Gatwick, all direct flights to Newquay are operated by Eastern Airways. From London Heathrow, you can fly non-stop to Newquay with British Airways (a seasonal route that starts in July and ends in September) or from Manchester and Newcastle, you can fly non-stop with easyJet or Loganair.
By car, depending on where you are travelling from, most people take the M5, the A30 and then a short stretch of A39 to get to Newquay, from where you follow signposts to Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth. Continue on this road until a junction and turn right onto the B3276 (signposted to Padstow and Mawgan Porth). Follow the B3276 for several miles to Mawgan Porth.
If you’re driving to North Cornwall in a plug-in electric vehicle, see our list of charging locations here.
It is also easy to get to Newquay by train from all over the UK, with direct routes from some of the country’s biggest city conurbations.
There are a few wonderful places to eat here; for example the Beach Box which looks as it sounds, rather box-like. Here they sell smoothies and continue the theme with ‘beach boxes’ for toasties and wraps, but also great coffee and lovely cakes, all served by friendly staff. It is a quirky little spot, with access to Wi-Fi.
Or try the Kitchen by the Beach (Head Chef, Michael Corbin, has a flair for good food, cooked well, which tastes exceptional). The Kitchen by the Beach serves breakfast, coffee and cake for an after-swim lunch or dinner. They also have a legendary Sunday roast. You will find fresh food, seasonal menus and a great atmosphere.
As you might expect, Catch Seafood Bar and Grill is very beachy. It is people-friendly, dog- friendly and the location, decor, and atmosphere is almost as good as the food.
For coffee, why not try Coasta? We like the pun!
If you love a decent pub, then try the Merrymoor Inn, just 50 metres from the beach, serving reasonably-priced food with locally-sourced produce. It also sells cask ales and has a popular Sunday carvery. Meanwhile, the Smugglers Inn, a stone’s throw away, has a secluded beer garden to relax in.
You will find something a little different at Gnarly Food Ltd in nearby village, St Mawgan. Rustic, ramshackle (their words) and not fancy but wood-fired clay ovens, spit roasters and barrel smokers give you a real taste of authentic barn food. Dogs are welcome to join you for this eating experience.
A Cornish holiday in Mawgan Porth takes advantage of the best of Cornwall’s north coast beaches