With 250 miles of coast and 300 beaches, Cornwall is the perfect destination for dogs who like to be beside the seaside. Here are our top five beaches you can explore with your pooch when the seasonal ban is over.
Two miles north of Lizard Point on the Lizard peninsula you’ll find one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. A combination of powder white sand, bright blue sea and moody green and red serpentine rock gives it a truly unique look and makes it well worth the steep 15 minute walk to get to it. Whilst we’re sure you’ll appreciate its natural beauty, Rover is properly wondering what’s in it for him. Well good news: low tide will reveal caves aplenty just begging to be sniffed and explored. And if you’re both feeling particularly sprightly you can start off at the Lizard Point and walk the two mile stretch of coastal path. You’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views along the way, and, if you fancy it, a hearty crab sandwich or traditional cream from the cafe upon arrival.
Could your dog give Mo Farah a run for his money? Head to Chapel Porth when the tide is out and let him run wild! When the tide is in, Chapel Porth is a very rocky little cove, but as the tide slips away it reveals a whole expanse of golden sand perfect for running amok. Go first thing and let the Atlantic breeze blow away any cobwebs or play spot the surfers in-between ball throwing duties. Warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate from the National Trust cafe at the back of the carpark.
A sheltered harbour beach in the hamlet of Polkerris, this beach is a fantastic option for puppies and dogs that don’t need reams of space. When the tide is out there are plenty of rock pools to be explored and the stone quay offers a calm bay perfect for paws in search of a paddle. There are plenty of perks for humans too; a takeaway coffee from the beach cafe will keep the chill at bay or you could always warm up by the log fire in the Rashleigh Inn afterwards. Head there before dusk, the south-westerly outlook affords the most beautiful sunsets over the water.
This sheltered beach offers calm sea conditions, ideal for dogs with a penchant for doggy paddle. Onshore, Rover can dry off by running along the half a mile stretch of sand. Look out to sea for a bit of culture; you’ll spot Godrevy Lighthouse in the distance, the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel To the Lighthouse. Feeling peckish? Head to Porthminster Beach Cafe, named Coast magazine’s Best Coastal Cafe and The Times’ Best Coastal Restaurant. Parking can sometimes be tricky, so why not park at St Erth station and take the short journey into St Ives by train? The sweeping views are well worth the effort and you’ll arrive right at the top of the beach.
A privately owned beach, Lusty Glaze is renowned for its beach entertainment and has even been awarded the No.1 spot by The Times for ‘Most picturesque live music venues in the UK’. But when it’s not playing stage to the likes of Ben Howard and The Kooks, it makes for an excellent dog stomping ground. This horseshoe-shaped cove surrounded by high cliffs is the perfect spot for a game of fetch, and if you’re after a longer walk, start off in Newquay and walk along the sands northwards from the town centre. Fancy getting musical? Dogs are allowed at certain gigs, just check with the venue before booking any tickets.