Mawgan Porth is situated mid way between Padstow and Newquay on the rugged North Cornish coast. It offers a beautiful west facing beach, stunning scenery, picturesque walks, and superb surfing.
The large expanse of fine sands is bounded by high cliffs to the north and south and by low ground and the River Menalhyl to the east. A stream flows to the sea at the southern edge and there are some rock pools. The coastal footpath also crosses the beach.
Mawgan Porth is recorded as Porthglyvyan in 1334, Cornish for 'Cove of the little wooded valley river'. Then later as Porthmaugan in 1755, Cornish for cove of St Mawgan.
Excavations carried out in Mawgan Porth in the latter part of the twentieth century unearthed evidence of a late Saxon settlement consisting of three groups of buildings and a burial ground. The settlements are thought to date from 850-1050.