Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth, South West Coastal Path walk

Since walking from Perranporth to Newquay and also from Porth to Whipsiderry to Watergate, I’ve really wanted to explore the next stretch of the South West Coastal Path walking from Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth.

I finally ticked it off my to-do list this week as I enjoyed an amazing 10km walk from my home in Newquay, past Whipsiderry and along the South West Coast Path at Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth… where Ben greeted me with a lift home and a warm pasty! Yum! (Cauliflower and onion bhaji from The Cornish Bakery if you’re wondering… vegan-friendly!)

Read on to see my thoughts and photos from this glorious stretch of the coastal path.

Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth coast path walk

I didn’t take any photos from Whipsiderry to Watergate as I’ve done this walk a few times before. You can see my photos here if you are interested from one of my previous walks along this amazing coast:

Beautiful 10km Newquay coastal walk: Whipsiderry to Watergate Bay along the beach, and back along South West Coast Path

That’s one of my favourite walks, but now I love this new stretch too as the scenery is suddenly quite different as you get past Watergate Bay and walk to Mawgan Porth. It’s almost like being in a different country!

Let’s start looking back across Watergate Bay and seeing Newquay in the distance:

Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Watergate Bay is one of our favourite beaches by Newquay. It’s so vast and out of season, it’s been so quiet for us. Even in season, it’s long enough to escape from the crowds.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Some cool houses/holiday homes with grass roofing to blend into the landscape!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Leaving Watergate Bay behind!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
The path ahead towards Mawgan. It gets very close to the edge so take care if you walk this route.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Last bit of beach of Watergate.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Watergate Bay.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Watergate Bay and Newquay.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
My calm! I love coastal paths. So quiet and peaceful 😍
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Not far to Mawgan Porth.

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Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Watergate Bay and sunny Newquay.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
I love this stretch. So calm. Leaving the beach behind and just greenery and the sound of the waves.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Luscious landscape 💚 In my element.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
This part was my favourite. It almost felt mountainous. With the mountain-looking cliffs, small paths, sunny blue sky and sheep alongside the coastal path, I almost could have been venturing through some Spanish mountains!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
The sea was such an amazing turquoise and teal colour. I could stare at this all day long and soak up the amazing colourways 🌊
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Onwards and upwards!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Beacon Cove! What a great find. So perfect and unspoilt. There are no easy ways down. I didn’t make it down but admired from above. I wonder if it’s a good seal spot as no humans. I will check again in seal season.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Griffin’s Point at Beacon Cove.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Beacon Cove and Griffin’s Point. Looking glorious.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Where I am. Not far from Mawgan. I’m currently tracking all my Newquay walks on an app called Strava and syncing it to City Strides. I’m completing a personal mission to walk every street in Newquay!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Lovely landscape. Green 💚 Sea 🌊
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Beacon Cove looks very inviting! We thought it was a secluded cove with no access, but apparently, there are two paths down, so we’ll be back to see if we can find them and get down. They were not obvious, so it’s definitely not an easily accessible beach: https://cornwallbeaches.org.uk/North-Coast-Central-Cornwall/Beacon-Cove.pdf
Or maybe we can kayak around on the SUPYAKS one day when the sea is calm. Not sure if it gets very calm here though!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
A last look back across to Newquay from Beacon Cove. You can see Watergate Bay cliffs too.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Made it! Mawgan Porth in sight!
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Mawgan Porth.
Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
Mawgan Porth beach. I didn’t get a chance to go to the beach as we had plans, so Ben picked me up as soon as I arrived. But I’ll be back soon to walk this stretch again with Ben, explore the beach and perhaps grab a bite to eat. I saw they have a coffee shop and cafe called ‘Coasta’ – great name!
Newquay to Mawgan Porth South West Coastal Path walk
From my house in Newquay to Mawgan Porth. A lovely 10k walk via Porth, Whipsiderry, Watergate Bay and Beacon Cove.

Love Cornish coastal walks? Check out some of my other South West Coast Path walks:

Beautiful 10km Newquay coastal walk: Whipsiderry to Watergate Bay along the beach, and back along South West Coast Path

Daymer Beach to Brea Beach: coastal path walk with stunning views!

South West Coast Path from Perranporth to Newquay 17.7km walk! Stunning beaches!

Cornwall with kids: walking the coast path to Mevagissey

Trevose Head Lighthouse to Mother Ivey’s Bay headland walk

Pentire headland walk 7.2km via Rump Point, Pentire Point and Pentireglaze Haven!

Exploring Crantock Beach and Pentire Headland in Newquay, Cornwall

Holywell Bay to Porth Joke coastal walk with kids

Wheal Coates to Chapel Porth coastal walk

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