The picturesque village called Mawgan Porth is positioned at the seawards end of the Vale of Lanherne. The valley is the most beautiful area in the whole of Cornwall, with the Menalhyl River running straight through the middle leading onto stunning rolling hillsides. At the base of the river is Mawgan Porth beach, which is the best-kept secret in Cornwall. This private beach is rarely busy and with its soft golden sands giving way to the lapping sea, it is a perfect hide-away for the whole family.
There is a local surf school called King Surf where the highly trained instructors can teach you all that you need to know about Surfing.
This quality-assessed beach never gets too busy, making it the best place to start surfing. Lifeguards supervise the beach during the high season when this sleepy village comes to life.
Everything you need to make a holiday complete is near the beach front; pubs, bars, shops, hotels, guesthouses, mini golf, organic farm and the holiday park Sun Haven Valley.
Mawgan Porth is perfectly positioned close to Newquay, with Watergate Bay to the south and Padstow to the north, all being no more than short drive away.
There is more than surfing to do here and if searching for shells or hidden treasure is not for you, why not have a go at fishing in the stocked pools just 15 minutes walk from the beach and try to catch your fishy dinner. Maybe you take an interest in ancient history! Some findings here date back to 850-1050 AD, so when you are walking around this ancient place try to imagine the common man standing right where you are, overlooking this landscape as it was back then.
Mawgan Porth may be small but it has loads to offer, whether you feel like relaxing on the beach or filling your time with fun activities. There is something for everyone to do!
Located only 1 mile inland from Mawgan Porth is the quaint village of St. Mawgan. This village has been stuck in time and has not changed a great deal in decades, giving you the chance to see a real authentic area of historical Cornwall.
The Falcon Inn is a very popular pub for locals and tourists, serving up award-winning food in their glorious gardens. It is a real treat that should not be missed. The Falcon is located within the Vale of Lanherne, a magnificent area where lush green woodlands are home to an abundance of wildlife.
Close to the Inn is the Village's traditional Post Office that is at the centre of village life. The Post Office not only deals with mail but is the Village's shop and the best tea-room in North Cornwall, serving unbeatable cream teas.
There is much history in this little village dating back to the 13th Century when the Parish church was built. In the graveyard you will find many Arundels who were the main land owners.
Another interesting thing to look out for is the
Lantern Cross and the stem of a rowing boat that is a memorial to ten men who drifted ashore, frozen to death in 1846.
A couple of miles north of Mawgan Porth is the fantastic beach of Bedruthan Steps. This area is maintained and owned by the National Trust, with a car park that is free to National Trust members and available at a small charge to non-members.
This mystical beach is popular with tourists and artists because of its sheer beauty and uniqueness. On the beach are massive rock
stacks weighing 1000s of tons, that jut majestically from the water.
The name Bedruthan Steps comes from the mountain of granite steps that are the only means of access to the beach. Be aware that the beach is only accessible at low tide so check the tide table before visiting and be
vigilant to ensure that you don�'t get trapped on the beach once the tide has changed. Swimming is strongly discouraged due to hidden rocks, heavy rips and fast tides.
This is the most popular and well-known beach in the area outside of Newquay�, where three
miles of golden sands gives everybody ample room to move around freely, even at the busiest times of year. At Spring's low tide you can even walk all the way to Newquay, as long as you don�'t mind getting your feet wet.
All the way around the beach are the high cliffs of Trevlegue Head to the south and Stem Point to the north, with the famous coastal foot path on the edge of the cliff, making a superbly exhilarating
walk with some of the most wild, rough and stunning scenery in the world.
Watergate enjoys the rolling Atlantic swells that hit this coastline. The beach used to host the English National Surf Championship, which has now moved up the road to Newquay'�s Fistral beach.
There is not just surfing to get involved with here! You can body board, wave ski and kite surf, with top quality tuition available right on the beach.
One big event on Watergate Bay�'s calendar is the Beach polo that takes place once a year and is organised by The Hotel. There is music, drink and plenty of food to choose from, making this event something quite special.
The food served in this area is of a high standard. The celebrity chief Jamie Oliver has built his restaurant Fifteen here which has a worldwide
reputation for serving up simple but delicious food. There is also The Hotel and the Phoenix, which apart from its fantastic menu also serves the greatest take-away pizza you could ever get!
In 1964 this used to be a direct line from London Waterloo, transporting the British population to the holiday destination. There is even an old milepost from the line embedded outside the Shipwright�s Arms, a pub in the harbour.
A couple of interesting facts about this seaside town are that Padstow (or as it was called then Petroc's Stow) was raided by Vikings in 981 and laid waste. The monks that lived here all then moved to Bodmin where they had three churches devoted to their cult. Something else for general knowledge is the great Doom Bar (I don�'t mean the beer!) is located here.
This giant sand bank caused many shipwrecks, as the boats that had travelled all the way from Canada carrying timber would hit the sand bank with devastating effect.