Maenporth beach is a beautiful sheltered sandy cove nestled in a small wooded valley. Just a few miles outside of falmouth it is a popular choice for locals and tourists throughout the year.
The name Maenporth comes from the cornish Meyn Borth meaning “stones cove” although the beach is surrounded by stone the beach itself is sandy.
Maenporth beach is a great for families. The gradual slope of the beach means that the water is fairly shallow at mid-low tide. Rock pools are exposed at low tide on either side of the coast and there is plenty of sand to either relax and sunbathe or build sandcastles.
If you are a walker Maenporth Beach is ideally situated within walking distance from Falmouth. Just 2 miles along the Southwest Coastal Path and you can find yourself relaxing on the beach.
The coastal path runs up along a well trodden route which has great view back toward falmouth and the coastline further west. It can get muddy over the wetter months so be sure to wear suitable footwear. The walk will take between 45 minutes to an hour from the centre of Falmouth Town.
Maenporth Beach is a great place to walk from. The village of Mawnan Smith is within a couple of miles or you could carry on along the coast path away from Falmouth. The cliff top views further west are stunning and you will find yourself in some smaller sheltered coves that become real sun traps in the warmer months.
Behind the beach itself is a wetland area that makes and ideal habitat for birds like herons and egrets. A lot of this habitat can be seen on the drive toward the beach from Falmouth
There is a shipwreck at Maenporth. The Scottish Trawler, Ben Ansdale. On 30 December 1978 the trawler became unresponsive when a roped fouled the rudder during a force 8 gale and heavy snow. The anchor was dropped to try and hold the ship but failed to stop it. Eventually the trawler was swept into rocks around 200 meters from the beach. The wreck is partially visible from the coastal path on the left hand side of the beach.
There is a large car park right at the top of Maenporth beach. The current price is £3 per day during the summer season and free during winter.
Food And Drink
There is a cafe at the top of the beach which sell freshly made hot and cold food and drinks. Opening times are 9am – 6pm every day May-September and in 10am – 3pm October-April weather dependant.
The Cove Restaurant is on the road directly opposite the beach and offer great Cornish produce and constantly changing menus according to the season.
Access and Facilities
The access to the beach is level from the car park and there are public toilets are available at Maenporth situated close to the beach.
Dogs are allowed on the beach during the off season. There is a no dogs allowed rule in place between Easter Sunday and October 1st.
Maenporth is a sheltered beach and it’s both rare and inconsistent to see any real waves. On those few occasions there is any surf the water can get crowded.
The best chance of finding any surf here is during the winter months and with big south west swells
From Maenporth beach itself the fishing is fairly poor. There is some sport to be found along the fringes of the beach and from various points along the coast path. The access from the coast path can be tricky though and depending on conditions pretty hard going.