St. Mawgan, near Newquay is one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall. Despite being near Newquay Airport, it is quietly nestled in a peaceful river valley that flows down to the enormous sandy beach at Mawgan Porth. A footpath follows the valley and is one of our favourite walks. There is free parking at St. Mawgan behind the village shop, so we suggest starting your walk in the village. Another good reason to start here is a coffee and snack at the village tearoom! The tearoom is run by the owners of the shop and post office and is utterly delightful with vines growing in the conservatory and a pretty garden to sit in.
Above: St Mawgan village, including the 6th century Celtic monastery now home to the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate (bottom right).
Opposite the church the road turns right, follow this road past the Japanese Gardens until you come to a dead end road on the left signposted footpath to Mawgan Porth. The single lane road carries on past some delightfully located houses and takes you onto the footpath along the peaceful Menalhyl Valley.
The path carries on past a farm tea garden, open on certain days in the summer, then crosses a country lane. The path eventually leads onto the edge of a quiet holiday park where it joins the road for a short stroll into the seaside village of Mawgan Porth. By this time you’ll probably want a rest before exploring the beach – when the tide is at its lowest the beach is huge and will add about two more miles to your walk!
Time for a rest at the pub!
We walk back the same way, but a circular walk is described in the link below, but is a bit longer.
Here is a link to other walks in the area: St Mawgan area walks
The village of St. Mawgan (full name St. Mawgan in Pydar) is perfectly situated between the popular towns of Newquay and Padstow, and not far from the A30 and A39 main roads. If you are a regular user of Newquay Airport, you could not ask for a more ideal location to buy a home. With its post office, shop, pub, tearoom, church, village hall, playing field, Japanese Garden, Convent, pre-school and a school for the 4-11 age group (Outstanding Ofsted report) you have all the facilities for the perfect village lifestyle, not to mention the added bonus of the beach just two miles away!
OK, homes are not cheap here and don’t often come on the open market. Which is what we are here for – to find your perfect home. Very often top properties are discreetly marketed – we have access to these exclusive properties just for you. £350k to £875k would be starting guide to prices in the St. Mawgan area. Come and see for yourself how peaceful and quiet beautiful St. Mawgan is.