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A Cornish Secret

Mawgan Porth Beach

If ever there is a place that has to be seen, even if once in a lifetime, it must be the beach at Mawgan Porth - a blue, west facing sea that smothers the rocks of this rugged north Cornish coast in lavish foam. Its white waves reach eternally for the grass-covered summits, a sight that enchants the heart. The Sunday Times listed the golden sands of Mawgan Porth in a list of the world’s best beaches and it is easy to see why. Mawgan Porth beach is only a leisurely 15-minute walk from our idyllic valley location at Sun Haven Holiday Park where you can enjoy a relaxed and secluded family retreat.

A landscape of rolling hills

The hamlet of Mawgan Porth is huddled between Padstow and Newquay and together, they create one of the most attractive areas of Cornwall. Its landscape comprises of rolling hills, lush woodland and stunning, gold sand coastline - a constant feast for both eye and imagination. The area once known as Porthglyvyan – meaning ‘the cove of the little wooded valley river’ – is now a tourist destination, but has lost none of its old charm. The stunning views out to sea are probably like those seen by the Saxons who lived around here a thousand years ago. They departed eventually, probably taking many gems away with them. Luckily, they left the sea behind!

Considering its diminutive size, the small hamlet at Mawgan Porth has a lot to offer. Explore the tranquil Japanese garden hidden away in this traditional Cornish village of St Mawgan. Packed with stunning Japanese maples, cherry blossom and camellias, you’d feel as though in another world. Supremely peaceful, the waterfalls, lake, Zen garden, and bamboo grove offer a quiet place for reflection and contemplation. Talk a walk around the many shops, cafes restaurants, and art galleries here, as well as the handy shops selling local produce, and beach and surf gear. Jump back in history by visiting the local Parish church, which dates to the 13th Century.

Take a swim

Once you've immersed yourself in Cornish culture, head to the beach to relax in soft sand and take a swim in the cool waters. Whether with the family, or just enjoying a short break, you have all you need for a sublime holiday by an award-winning beach covered in awe-inspiring cliffs that serve as a wonderful backdrop to your visit. This hidden gem enjoys the same consistent Atlantic swell and perfect surfing conditions of better-known North Cornwall beaches but without the summer crowds, making it a perfect place to surf.

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