Walks visiting Mawgan Porth beach

The beach at Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

The name Mawgan Porth has arisen from the Cornish name - Porthmaugan, in use in the 18th Century. However, in mediaeval times, it was known by a completely different name - Porthglyvyan - which translates to something along the lines of "cove of the wooded valley stream".

The beach at Mawgan Porth faces West into the Atlantic and has good surf, particularly when the wind is in an easterly direction. Opinions differ on whether the effect of the tide is significant on the quality of the surf; some say that it is best just after low tide.

  • 4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

    Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

    Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan

    4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk from Mawgan Porth along the Vale of Lanherne, following the river Menalhyl to St Mawgan and returning past the 800-year-old cloistered Convent where the sanctuary light has been burning for hundreds of years.

  • 4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps and Mawgan Porth

    4.4 miles/7.1 km - Easy-moderate

    A (bus-assisted) one-way walk along the coast with spectacular wildflowers and one of Cornwall's most photographed views over the volcanic rock stacks of Bedruthan Steps, which Victorians liked to think of as a giant's stepping stones.

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If you'd like a purely coastal walk, you can park at Mawgan Porth and catch the bus to Porthcothan, then do our one-way walk from Porthcothan to Mawgan Porth via Bedruthan Steps. There is also a circular walk up the Vale of Lanherne from Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan.