Mawgan Porth


Mawgan Porth
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Rural west facing long flat sandy beach, exposed to Atlantic swells. Cliffs to the north and south and at low tide a number of caves and coves are exposed. On the south side of the beach, a river flows into the sea. The beach is popular with families and surfers.


Can provide good uncrowded waves for surfing. There are many rock pools here and also caves to explore.

Wildlife and Walks

Popular activities at this beach are body boarding, surfing and rockpooling. In the area there is fantastic coastal walking, as the beach adjoins the South West Coast Path. There is excellent cycling in the area.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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Facilities at Mawgan Porth

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Parking available behind the beach. A fee applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome.

Beach cleaning

No current information.



Dates and times

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