Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall
Cornwall is famed for its beaches but not all allow dogs all year - here are some favourites you can now set paw upon again (until Easter, anyway)
Fancy a beach walk? The majority of the seasonal bans ended on 30 September so there are now 47 more beaches you and your dog are free to roam until Easter.
We’ve rounded up a few options plus some that are year-round dog-friendly too.
SIX MUDDY FAVOURITE BEACHES – DOG-FRIENDLY 1 OCTOBER – EASTER-ISH
Just round the corner from St Ives and one of Cornwall’s seven award-winning Blue Flag 2019 beaches. Tucked in facing north-east so rarely has any surf, perfect for dogs that enjoy a paddle.
A shingle cove with high cliffs and rock pools, sandy only at low tide, Crackington Haven is a favourite with surfers.
Perhaps the most photographed beach in Cornwall so gets super busy in the summer – worth waiting until the winter months when you can take dogs down on the beach again. Keep dogs on-lead for the very steep walk down from the carpark.
Park on the beach and get straight out onto the sand – Polzeath is perfect for a quick run with the dog and kids when you all need some fresh air but can’t be faffed with a long walk to reach the sand.
Near to St Austell, Porthpean is a beautiful little beach on the south coast with white sand and clear water. Parking is a short walk away, or for a longer walk start at nearby Charlestown and walk along the coast path and back.
One of Cornwall’s most westerly beaches, found just before Lands End. Easy access from the carpark and a glorious expanse of sand. If you and your dog enjoy a run, Sennen makes a good start for a scenic 5km circuit.
DOG-FRIENDLY BEACHES ALL-YEAR
Two huge miles of open sand make Watergate Bay a dog-walking (running?) favourite. One of the best places to walk then catch the sunset and the surfers as the light fades.
HOLYWELL BAY BEACH, NEAR NEWQUAY
Another long stretch of sand, Holywell is six miles west of Newquay. Great fun for the whole family, with high dunes and waters that are popular with surfers and swimmers.
The shallow water and long sandy stretch make Rock a favourite for dogs that like to paddle and swim. Start or finish your walk with a meal at The Mariners – dogs are allowed on the patio and ground floor.
Keep walking from Rock and you’ll reach Daymer (or drive and park in the carpark overlooking the beach). At the back of the beach are beautiful rolling dunes to explore, perfect for when the tide is in. Make it a longer walk by following one of our favourite autumn walks here – head up over the golf course to look at St Enodoc’s church where previous poet laureate John Betjeman is buried.
West of St Ives, and another stretch of expansive sand. Dogs are free to run on the beach off-lead but must be kept on the lead on the footpath down.
During the summer months, dogs have to be kept on a lead for the first section of the beach. After Flat Rocks, which is about 1/2 a mile along the beach, you are able to let your dogs go free. In the winter, there are no restrictions. See Sandy Wallis’ walk which includes Perranporth Sands here.
PRUSSIA COVE BEACH
Halfway between Penzance and Porthleven, be aware there is no beach at high tide. Once a smugglers cove in the 18th Century, this is a favourite for a quiet walk where out of season you may have the place to yourself.