Scarlet is found in Mawgan Porth, a small Cornish village found on the quiet coastal stretch
between Newquay and Padstow.
Our home. There are a few small shops that sell what you need. For such a small place, there’s also a
surprising number of good places to eat. We like Catch and the further-inland Scott and Babs.
There are few quirks to living here. Phone signal isn’t strong... but no one seems to mind too much.
There’s also very little light pollution around, so the night’s constellations are easy to see here. Just
around the corner is Carnewas, a Dark Sky Discovery Site for stargazing.
Mawgan Porth picks up those Atlantic waves that make Cornwall a famous surfing spot.
Many have spent a great deal of their lives out on this water, knowing there’s a wisdom to
be found on the calm blue. After all, surfing’s a lesson in practicing patience: once you’ve paddled out to sea, it’s a case of waiting for the right wave. It’s a reminder that some things in life can’t be forced: occasionally, you just need to wait for the right conditions.
The shape of the beach itself changes greatly with the tides. When the water’s high, the sea comes
right into the cove. But at low tide, the beach becomes a vast, flat sweep of sand that stretches
outwards. It invites exploration.
The scenic South West Coast Path plots right past Scarlet.
To the north, the track heads for the National Trust’s windswept base at Carnewas. Head this way
for an inspiring sight of Bedruthan Steps, a strip of craggy stacks that resemble huge stepping stones.
To the south, the path skirts the nearby farm fields as it tracks towards Watergate Bay.
At the height of summer, the bright sun is up in the sky by 5.30am, then doesn’t set until almost
Temperatures in July and August average around 16°C, often reaching above 20°C. As the
sea warms up, dolphins arrive at our shores and can sometimes be glimpsed.
Winter is colder with shorter days, but brings its own charm. The wind can sometimes draw the sea
mist inland, blanketing Mawgan Porth’s valley in a soft fog.