While the summer brings with it some seasonal dog bans, there are plenty of beaches which remain open to your four legged friend all through summer. Here are six of our favourites.
1. Watergate Bay
If your dog loves nothing more than a big old run, head to Watergate Bay where, at low tide, they'll have two miles of golden sand to race up and down on! There are plenty of caves and rock pools to explore too and the water is great fun for wannabe surfer-dogs. If all that walking leaves you with an appetite head to The Beach Hut - a dog friendly beachside eatery - for a spot of lunch with a seriously good view.
2. Dollar Cove
Wannabe pirate? Bring your metal detector as there be treasure in these parts! Indeed, the cove is named after the silver dollars which occasionally wash up here from a 17th century shipwreck, said to be carrying two tonnes of coins at the time. The beach boasts plenty of great rocks for sniffing and the red and orange tinted cliffs are an unusual sight.
3. Daymer Bay
Bordered by sand dunes, Daymer Bay is an excellent spot for dogs that love to sniff. At the south end of the beach you'll find Braey Hill - climb it for gorgeous views. At the bottom of the hill you'll find St Enodoc Church where former Poet Laureate John Betjeman is buried. At low tide, you can walk from Daymer Bay to Rock and if you’re up for even more of an adventure you and Rover can hop aboard the passenger ferry to Padstow and have a wander around this iconic seaside town.
To the east of Gribbin Head and west of Fowey you'll find a charming landscape that once inspired Daphne du Maurier. There’s a bit of a walk from the carpark, but it’s well worth it to arrive at the beautiful twin cove Polridmouth. At low tide the beaches are separated by a rocky headland and at high tide only a slip of beach remains. Walking in these parts is glorious, continue on past the second cove and climb up the hill for a stunning view of Gribbin Head.
5. Lantic Bay
For a slice of paradise head to Lantic Bay - on a blue sky summer day you could be somewhere far more tropical! This is a great shout for those four legged friends who like a bit of a hike as you'll have to walk the well-worn footpath through fields to get here. The trek down to the beach is pretty steep but the views are absolutely out of this world. Once you arrive you might be lucky enough to have the bay to yourself, but if not it's never crowded like the popular spots in the likes of St Ives or Newquay.
6. Trevaunance Cove
St Agnes' main beach is a belter boasting an old harbour, plenty of caves and nearby facilities including cafes and pubs. There is even a micro-brewery just up the road! Do bear in mind that access is down a pretty steep hill. It's also best to wait for low tide when there is more room for to play, the best rocks are revealed and you can even walk to the nearby Trevellas Porth beach.
If Abby's adventures in Cornwall have inspired you to plan a pet friendly holiday, take a look at our dog friendly cottages in Cornwall. Or look further afield at all of our dog friendly cottages across the South and West.