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Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

For all us dog lovers, knowing which beach to take our four-legged friends is a very important task when it comes to setting the holiday itinerary! For this reason we have put this handy blog together, giving you a guide to the best dog-friendly beaches to visit in Cornwall and when to visit them.

We also understand that knowing where to stay nearby is crucial so you, your family and the dog can make the most out of your holiday in Cornwall. With over 300 dog-friendly cottages to choose from, you can plan your stay and itinerary for your holiday all in one sitting - Enjoy!

 

To make it a little easier to plan, we have broken it down into three sections; firstly by the region of Cornwall you were looking for and then by place within that region. Simply follow the links below or browse the blog at your own pace...

 

1. North Coast

2. South Coast 

3. West Cornwall

 

1. North Coast 

 

Bude

 

A popular town for those who enjoy water sports and big open coastal views of rugged cliffs with the dog by your side. Close to the foody town of Padstow and the Doc Martin town of Port Isaac, Bude makes for a wonderful place to base your dog friendly beach holiday from with plenty to see and do locally.

Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches in Bude

  

Bossiney Cove Beach: Overlooked by many making it one of the quieter beaches in the area, perfect for a peaceful walk with your pooch. Best to visit at low tide as the beach is completely covered by the high tide. There are no facilities at Bossiney Cove and the nearest place to park is in a layby.

 

Duckpool Beach: Coombe woods make for a scenic approach to this beach and a great place to stop off at on a dog walk to have a picnic. Duckpool also has some great rock pools at low tide! There is a National Trust car park close by and toilets (they are not always open). Shops can be found in Kilkhampton.

 

Northcott Mouth Beach: Reaching from Duckpool to Crooklets this is a rugged long beach made up of pebbles and sand. It is a wonderful beach to explore with the dog. A small car park is next to the beach, as are loos and a cafe.

 

Sandymouth Beach: Popular for those who like a dip in the water! It is  lifeguarded at times in the summer and for the swell, making it a good surfing beach. With plenty of footpaths leading off from this beach, it is a perfect beach to combine with your dog walk along the South West Coast Path. The National Trust car park is up a steep stoney path, the cafe is on the beach as are the loos.

 

Summerleaze Beach: Within easy walking distance of Bude, Summerleaze is a large dog friendly beach perfect for surfers. There is a tidal pool accessible all year-round making sea swimming a unique and enjoyable experience (also making it a safe place for your dog to dip too!). All facilities are in Bude town centre about a 5 minute walk away. There are a few car parks nearby, the closest being at the top of the beach. Dogs must be on a lead from 21st May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm.

 

Bude beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Crackington Haven: A pretty shingle beach with a small surf, perfect for bodyboarding and surfing beginners. Your dog will also be very happy here, surrounded by soft cliffs, it is a sheltered and safe spot to spend the day with your dog. There is a pay and display car park by the beach and two cafes, loos and surfboard hire shop on the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Crooklets Beach: This is a very accessible beach and dog friendly for most of the months of the year. With fantastic facilities including a large car park, shops, loos, a cafe and outdoor tidal swimming pool, it makes a great day out for the family and your furry friend. This is a disabled friendly beach too with sand chairs available at the shop.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Widemouth Bay Beach: A large beach with lots to explore with the dog. Being West facing means it gets all the wind, perfect for surfers, less so if you want to relax on the beach. There are plenty of rockpools filled with marine life at low tide here. Widemouth is lifeguarded at certain times of the year. There are two car parks at Widemouth, cafes and loos.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm  

 

  

Padstow

 

Known for its abundance of places to eat and the influence celebrity chef Rick Stein has brought to it. The South West Coast path runs through the town as does the Camel Trail, perfect for stopping off at one of Padstows dog friendly beaches. Due to being easily accessible via car and boat makes this seaside town very popular during the summer months.

Constantine Bay, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near Padstow

 

Constantine Bay Beach: Named as one of the best surfing spots in Cornwall, Constantine Bay can get busy quickly with surfers. Popular with swimmers too with lots of rockpools to explore and a lovely place to let the dog have a run about. Constantine Bay is lifeguarded at certain times throughout the year. There is a surf shop, cafe and limited car parking at the beach.

 

Daymer Bay Beach: A lovely gentle sloping sandy beach perfect for an evening stroll with your dog, all year-round. Backed by dunes and in the Camel Estuary makes it a more sheltered beach. There is a large car park with a shop at the top of the beach.

 

Harlyn Bay Beach: A great family beach perfect for having fun in the water when the lifeguard is about. There is a stream down to the water edge making for even more entertainment for dogs as well as children on this sandy beach. There is a car park and cafe on the beach.

 

Hawkers Cove: Usually quite a quiet beach due to awkward access and no facilities, perfect for letting the dog run free. Those that venture down can explore the old lifeboat station before it moved up the coast. At low tide Hawkers Cove and Harbour Cove are joined, keep an eye on the tide as they are cut off at high tide.

 

Mother Ivey’s Bay: Fabulous beach on a low tide! There is lots of golden sand and little caves to explore. See if your pooch can sniff out the hidden corners and have a game of hide and seek! The nearest car park is about a mile away from the beach and there are no facilities, perfect for not having to worry about the dog going near cars.

 

Port Gaverne Beach: The next beach on from Port Isaac harbour, perfect for looking for sea glass, letting the dog run free and having some fun in the water, how does coasteering sound? There is some road side parking, the main car park is in Port Isaac half a mile away. There are no facilities here but there is a pub opposite the beach.

 

Porthcothan Bay Beach: Sheltered from the wind by the dunes behind the this dog friendly beach makes it a very popular spot, particularly in the summer months! It is a spectacular spot to stop off at though when walking the South West Coast Path with the dog for amazing panoramic views. There is a council owned car park with a shop and loos close to Porthcothan Bay.

 

Rock Beach: A gorgeous beach known to attract some of the royals in the past. It is a good place to go swimming (keep an eye out for boats) but also bird watching as it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With the popular village of Rock nearby, it is a great way to let your dog run free before sitting in a cafe and chilling for the afternoon. There is a car park nearby but no facilities.

 

Trebarwith Strand Beach: At low tide Trebarwith is about a mile long with a rocky backdrop and the most incredible scenery. The footpaths and dramatic coastline that surrounds also makes it a great dog friendly beach to stop by whilst walking the footpaths. There is a shop, cafe, and loos at the top of the beach, along with a small car park.

 

Treyarnon Bay Beach: Very popular during the summer months due to the large expanse of sand at low tide, along with rock pools and a naturally occurring tidal pool. Plenty of space for the dog to have some beach fun. The shop, loos and car park are at the top of the beach with more facilities in the village of St Merryn.

 

Padstow beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

 

Polzeath Beach: At very popular with families over the summer months, Polzeath is best to visit with a dog out of the peak summer weeks. With a great expanse of beautiful golden sand, a stroll on this dog friendly beach in the spring at sunset is really rather special. Close to Padstow and Port Isaac, Polzeath is also a great day out. Parking is on the beach and eateries, shops and loos are behind the beach in the village. Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

St George's Well/Cove: Named after an ancient holy well in the vegetation behind the beach, St George’s Cove is the closest to Padstow Harbour. Swimming is not recommended here due to strong currents, it does however make for a lovely place to start and finish a dog walk. The nearest car park and facilities are about half a mile away at Padstow Harbour.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Trevone Bay Beach: A deep beach rather than wide that is very popular with families and surfers. The rocks around Trevone are Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the rockpools hold some exciting finds. With a stunning coastal walk from here to Padstow, it is a great dog friendly beach to start your coastal explorations from. There are two car parks by the beach and plenty of facilities close by in Trevone village.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Padstow beaches that do not allow dogs

  

Chapel Bar Beach: More of a low tide beach with lots of sand to walk along and a 10 minute walk from Padstow. There are some really lovely views of the Camel Estuary from Chapel Bar Beach. There are no facilities or parking here with the closest being at Padstow Harbour.

 

 

Newquay

 

It is no secret that Newquay has some of the most incredible beaches our British coastline has to offer. Huge expanses of golden sands and a fantastic surf scene across most, it is a fantastic part of Cornwall to take your dog on a day out! Here are the dog friendly beaches in Newquay.

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches inNewquay

  

Crantock Beach: This National Trust beach is very idyllic. With a river running through it and sand dunes as the backdrop, you will feel very safe with your dog here. There is a car park, loos and takeaway coffee hut here too!

 

Fistral Beach: The famous Fistral Beach! Well known for surfing, Fistral Beach (pictured above) not only offers invigorating water activities but it also provides a huge beautiful expanse of golden sand for your dog to explore. The beach has a car park nearby as well as great shops and cafes to choose from.

 

Great Western Beach: One of the quieter beaches in Newquay and awarded the blue flag in 2019. Protected from most winds by the cliffs making it a good beach for surfing and rock pooling at low tide. Two car parks are by the railway station, a café and loos are on the beach along with a deck chair and surf board hire.

 

Holywell Bay Beach: Try out paddleboarding with your pooch at Holywell or just chill with a book while the children have fun in the water. Holywell is a lovely dog friendly beach to start a walk to Perranporth, or to just watch the sun set on a beautiful summer evening. The National Trust car park is a short walk away with facilities in Holywell (none on the beach).

 

Mawgan Porth Beach: Another quieter beach outside of Newquay but having many of the same glorious features as the popular beaches. Sheltered from the wind, plenty of space for you and your furry friend to spread out, even on the busiest days at low tide and has some fantastic rock pools and caves to explore. Shops and car parks can be found in the village.

 

Towan Beach: A popular beach in Newquay town. Accessed by a steep hill this sandy beach is perfect for letting the dog stretch its legs while you take in the views. The car park is in town, toilets in the Aquarium behind the beach and plenty of cafes in town.

 

Watergate Bay Beach: A couple of miles out of town this large beach catches the waves making it perfect for bodyboarding and surfing. Let the dog enjoy some freedom and have a good run around here. There are two car parks near the middle of the beach with a cafe, shop and loos all nearby too.

 

Porth Joke Beach: Often the forgotten beach but perfect for paddling with your pooch and rock pooling at low tide. The nearest car park at west Pentire, about a 15 minute walk away and is owned by the National Trust. There are no facilities at this beach. Please keep dogs under control when on the dunes due to roaming sheep. 

 

Bedruthan Steps (Closed due to rockfall): One of the most dramatic beaches in the area and only accessible by the steps down the cliff face, hence the name. There are rock pools and caves perfect for exploring. Nearby Carnews Cliffs are home to the cafe and loos, with the car park near the top of the cliffs.

 Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Newquay beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

 

Tolcarne Beach: Perfect family fun and a dog friendly beach in the shoulder months, Tolcarne provides a perfect place for soft sand between your toes and calm waters to paddle in. Bring the body boards or buy one from the shop at the top of the beach supplied with everything you might need for a day of making family memories. A cafe is on the beach while the car park is at the top off the cliff. To access the beach there are a lot of steps.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st April to 31st October  

 

Porth Beach: Bring on the sandcastle competitions at Porth Beach! It is ideal for families being sheltered from the wind and when the tide is out there are plenty of rock pools waiting to be explored with the dog in tow. There is a cafe and pub across the road from the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Lusty Glaze Beach: Home to an adventure center offering abseiling, climbing and much more, Lusty Glaze is a happening beach. Events take place on the beach throughout the year which can be accessed via the steps down the cliff face. There is a restaurant, childrens creche and changing rooms on the beach with the car park nearby.

Dates: Restrictions from 31st May to September 30th

 

 

St Agnes

 

A village rich in mining history close to Wheal Coates and Wheal Charlotte as well as being conveniently close to some of the most well known dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. The village itself houses some of the sweetest cottages all leading down to Trevaunance Cove and the eateries.

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near St Agnes

  

Trevaunance Cove Beach: The main beach in St Agnes, popular with families all year-round due to having lots of facilities at the top of the beach. It is a good place to surf or bodyboard and explore the caves revealed at low tide, perfect for getting out with the dog. There are several car park close to Trevaunance Cove. 

 

Perranporth Beach: One of the most well known beaches in Cornwall, great for surfing, snorkelling or just having fun, and it is dog friendly too! No surprise that it can get very busy during the summer months. There are a few car parks by the beach and there is The Wateringhole (pub) on the beach. Other shops can be found in Perranporth. Dogs must be on a lead during July and August, 9am - 5pm

 

St Agnes beaches with seasonal dog restrictions  

  

Chapel Porth Beach: A sandy beach at low tide and a stone and shingle one at high tide. Chapel Porth is at the will of the Atlantic making it look tropical in the summer and dramatic in the winter, perfect for photography. The coast paths from this beach are perfect for a walk and beach spot with your dog too. There is a National Trust car park and cafe at the top of the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthtowan Beach: A beach that just keeps on giving as the tide goes out. Great for surfing or just having fun, it is no wonder so many people love Porthtowan. At low tide you can walk from Porthtowan to Chapel Porth below the disused mine Wheal Coates. There is parking at the top of the beach next to shops and eateries.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

 

2. South Coast

 

Looe

 

There are lots of places to eat, shop and explore around Looe, including the wonderful South West Coast Path which dips in and out of areas of outstanding natural beauty and Heritage coastline, the perfect place for a dog walk. Nicely located to enjoy some of Cornwall’s gorgeous sights but also not far from the Cornwall Devon border making a day trip to Devon a possibility. Here are the dog friendly beaches near Looe.

Talland Bay, Looe, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near Looe

 

Downderry Beach: A small sheltered beach with a pub overlooking it, making for a lovely post lunch or evening stroll with the dog. For those that like their snorkelling, look out for the wreck of ‘Gypsy’, the sister ship of ‘Cutty Sark’, hidden by kelp. Facilities and parking can be found in Downderry village.

 

Hannafore Beach: Known for the rock pools revealed at low tide, Hannafore beach is a beautifully peaceful beach due to its slightly awkward location. Popular with dog walkers as you can let the dog off the lead while you have a look at the rock pools. There are no facilities here and the nearest parking is about a 10 minute walk away at Looe harbour.

 

Talland Bay Beach: Talland Bay is unspoilt and is both an Area of Outstanding Beauty and Heritage Coast. Stop off at this dog friendly beach while walking from Looe to Polperro and enjoy the scenery around you. It is a great beach for swimming a rock pooling at low tide too. There are a couple of car parks by the beach along with facilities on the edge of the beach.

 

Seaton Beach: Sheltered from the wind by the surrounding cliffs, Seaton beach is known to be popular with families due to the safe swimming areas. The River Seaton flows through the beach giving children and dogs even more water to play in. There are a few car parks very close to the beach and facilities are on the edge of the beach.

 

Whitsand Bay: One of the best beaches in Cornwall reaching four miles in length when the tide is out. Swimming is not recommended at Whitsand Bay due to strong rip currents (lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer). Access is awkward down the cliff paths from the car parks. The nearby golf club has facilities. Note, the military operates in the area, if you see red flags access is prohibited.

 

Looe beaches with seasonal dog restrictions

  

Cawsand Beach: A sand and shingle beach overlooking the Plymouth Sound. Rock pools are revealed by the outgoing tide and boats are available to hire so you can see the area from a new angle. The shop, cafe and loos are by the beach and the car park is just up the road.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Looe beaches that do not allow dogs

  

East Looe Beach: Sheltered by Banjo Pier, East Looe beach is a great family beach with facilities practically on the beach. It is a good beach for swimming and snorkelling, or for just having a walk around the edge of the town. There is a car park near the beach and a few more in town, getting here early is key, but there will always be a walk to the beach.

 

  

Fowey

 

A town perfectly situated to have lots of fun in the water and on its pretty coastline with your furry friend, from swimming to sea kayaking and paddleboarding to endless footpath walking and dog friendly beaches to explore, Fowey has it all. For those that like to poke around some shops and sit down for a cuppa and cream tea you can do that too. Fowey happily looks after anyone who comes to visit.

Polridmouth, Fowey, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near Fowey

 

Polridmouth Cove: Only accessible via the coastal path, Polridmouth a very quiet beach with the odd swimmer and family picnicking on the shingle beach with the dog. It is the perfect place to stop off at mid walk to take in the views and have a bite to eat. There are no facilities at this beach and the nearest car park is a 10 minute walk up the farm track.

 

Lansallos Beach/West Combe: A small remote beach, perfect for letting the dog stretch its legs and have some fun in the water. There are no facilities at this beach and the nearest car park is in Lansallos village.

 

Lantic Bay: This is a hidden gem, remote but idyllic. Accessed by footpath or by boat, this beach is what you are after when wanting a quiet day on the beach. Being remote means that there are no facilities at Lantic Bay and the nearest car park is on the road to Polruan. It is worth the short walk.

 

Par Sands Beach: A large beach in Par, popular with those staying local during the summer. There is very little shelter here making it great for kite surfing and with a gentle slope it is ideal for paddling. The dunes behind the beach are covered in paths good for walking the dog.

 

Fowey beaches with seasonal dog restrictions

  

Readymoney Cove: Just on the outskirts of Fowey, Readymoney is a small beach ideal for those after a spot of sunbathing. This beach is dog friendly most of the year with only a few weeks in the summer where you may need to choose another beach to stomp along. During the summer months the bathing platform is moored in the cove for a touch of uniqueness. Parking is a short walk away, loos are by the beach and other facilities are in the town.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

 

Polkerris Beach: The watersport hire shop and tuition have you covered on whatever you want to do on or in the water. Perfectly positioned to make the most of the afternoon sun and sunset being dog friendly from 6pm onwards, why not take a picnic dinner with you and make the most of the evening? There is a shop, cafe, restaurant, pub and loos by the beach with limited parking behind the beach.

Dates: Year-round no dogs between 10am - 6pm

 

Fowey beaches that do not allow dogs

  

Charlestown Beach: Close to the renowned Charlestown harbour used in many a film and drama, Charlestown Beach is small and made up of geologically interesting pebbles. Caves dot the cliff face making for an interesting adventure. Facilities and car park can be found in Charlestown harbour.

 

  

The Roseland

 

Home to some absolutely gorgeous beaches, towns and villages including Mevagissey, Portscatho and St Mawes. It also includes part of the South West Coast Path, treating both dogs and walkers to some stunning sea views and fabulous places to stop off at for a bite to eat around the Peninsular.

Porthcurnick Beach, The Roseland, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches on The Roseland

 

Carne Beach/Gerrans Bay: One of the quieter beaches in the area due to its slightly more remote location. It is a lovely sandy beach perfect for swimming and having some family fun. The Nare Hotel above the beach is open to non residents, perfect for a cream tea while the sun sets. There is limited parking by the beach and no other facilities. Dogs must be kept on a lead during the summer months.

 

Gorran Haven Beach: A small sandy dog friendly beach at the bottom of the village. A lovely place to go swimming and partially sheltered by the harbour wall. There are boats in the little harbour to keep an eye on. Parking is in the village as are shops and eateries. The loos are by the slipway. Dogs must be on a lead all year.

 

Great Molunan & Little Molunan Beach: A quiet set of little beaches sheltered by St Anthony's Head all connected at low tide. Caves are dotted along the coastline here, perfect for an adventure with the family and dog in tow. Accessed by boat or by car, these beaches can be a great day out. There are loos and a cafe next to the National Trust car park on St Anthony Head. These are seasonal though.

 

Hemmick Beach: Accessed by a steep narrow lane, Hemmick bay is a sandy little beach with coves for exploring in. Due to its remote location it stays quiet throughout the year. Parking is about a quarter of a mile away and there are no facilities.

 

Porthcurnick Beach: A lovely beach close to Portscatho and the perfect place to stop off on a dog walk. There are rip currents so swimmers should be cautious. Keep an eye on the water when walking as occasionally you can spot a basking shark. There is limited parking at the beach and no facilities. 

 

Pendower Beach: A mixture of rocks and sand depending on which end of the beach you go to. Popular with families as there is plenty to keep children entertained with rock pools and the stream on the beach. There is a large car park behind the beach and loos by the slipway. Dogs must be kept on a lead May to September.

 

Portholland Beach: Made up of two beaches, East and West Portholland, that join up at low tide and are good places for your furry friend to splash about in the water. There is plenty of parking for both beaches behind them, with a cafe and loos at the top of the beach.

 

Porthluney Cove Beach: Backing onto Caerhays Castle the beach is part of the estate and well looked after. Ideal for swimming as no watercraft are allowed in the cove, paired with a car park behind the beach and cafe and loos, this is a lovely day out kind of beach. Dogs must be on a lead from June to September.

 

Vault Beach: A sheltered sand and shingle beach which is good for swimming. The far end of the beach is unofficially a nudist beach and can get quite popular during the summer. There is a car park about 20 minutes away and there are no facilities on the beach.

 

The Roseland beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Portscatho Beach: A small beach on the edge of the town, made up of rocks and sand looking towards Carne Beach/Gerrans Bay. It is a lovely little beach for a picnic and run around for your dog for most of the year when they are allowed. Parking and facilities can be found around Portscatho.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Summer’s Beach: Mostly a pebble beach, Summer’s beach is really good for rock pool exploring and picnics. There are a lot of places to eat and drink very close to the beach and the car parks aren’t that far either.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Pentewan Beach: If you are after a beach for a swim or wanting to try out sea kayaking then this is the place for you. Well maintained and sheltered from most winds making it a family friendly beach. Loos and other facilities can be found at the holiday park behind the beach along with the parking.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st March to 1st November

 

Portmellon Cove: Mostly a seaweed covered beach that disappears at high tide, Portmellon is more of a picnic stop off beach. Swimming here is safe though there is no lifeguard. Parking is limited in Portmellon with the nearest car park in Mevagissey, as are the loos. There is a pub across the road from the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthpean Beach: One of St Austell’s best beaches! It is a lovely place to go swimming, sea kayaking or snorkelling, feeling positively tropical on the right day. You can take your dog for a wander on this lovely beach for most of the year, excluding the peak summer weeks. There are loos and a cafe on the promenade with parking close by.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

 

Falmouth

 

A town surrounded by beautiful beaches and in the middle of some of the top places in Cornwall to visit, Falmouth is a very dog friendly town to base your holiday from. There are walks going in every direction and the beaches are perfect for paddling, swimming and some for surfing. Falmouth also hosts many festivals throughout the summer.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall

  

All year-round dog friendly beaches in Falmouth

 

Nansidwell Beach (Woodlands): A small beach beyond Maenporth and looked after by the National Trust. Enjoy a walk down to the beach from Mawnan Smith through a little woodland area, perfect for a dog walk and picnic on the sand and shingle beach. There are no facilities on this beach.

 

Falmouth beaches with seasonal dog restrictions

  

Gyllyngvase Beach: The main beach in Falmouth and very popular with everyone. Perfect to learn how to paddle board on calm days or surf on windier days and the dog can enjoy chasing a ball along the water line in a fun game of fetch. There is a café and small restaurant with covered outdoor seating and loos at the top of the beach and a car park a minute’s walk away.

Dates:  Seasonal dog ban from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Castle Beach: A small beach mostly visible when the tide is lower. When the tide is out it is ideal for rock pooling and walking round to Gyllyngvase Beach. There is a café and beach huts here. Parking is along the seafront with the loos at Gyllyngvase beach a short walk away.

Dates: Seasonal dog ban from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Maenporth Beach: A short drive from Falmouth, Maenporth Beach is a lovely sandy, family friendly beach. For those adventurous on the water look out for the wreck of the Ben Asdale to the left of the bay at low tide. Enjoy a walk along the coast path from Falmouth to Maenporth to keep the dog perfectly content. There is a small car park at the beach, a café and loos.

Dates: Seasonal dog ban from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Swanpool Beach: The next beach on and a very lovely quick walk from Gyllyngvase, Swanpool is a small beach with a café, beach huts and kayak hire. We highly recommend having one of the café’s ice creams! The car park is opposite the beach, there is a charge during the summer months.

Dates: Seasonal dog ban from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Helford Passage Beach: A shingle beach overlooked by the Ferry Boat Inn. Good for swimming though there are lots of boats in the water here but perfect for playing with the dog on the beach. A shop, restaurant and loos are nearby.

Dates: Seasonal dog ban from Easter to 30th September

 

 

3. West Cornwall

 

Helston

 

A historic town with a variety of little shops and eateries. It is a good place to base your west Cornwall holiday from, being slightly quieter than other towns and villages in the area but only a stone's throw from some of the most spectacular dog friendly beaches Cornwall has to offer. Explore the many footpaths going all directions, especially those down at Penrose near The Boating Lake.

Praa Sands, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near Helston

  

Loe Bar Beach: A good beach for letting the dog run free. Accessed by footpaths from either Porthleven or Gunwalloe, it is a great stop off point on a walk. There are no facilities on this beach and the nearest car park is near Chyvarloe Farm or Porthleven. Be aware that no swimming is allowed here due to strong rip currents.

 

Mullion Cove Beach: A small harbour beach ideal for launching paddle boards and kayaks to explore the coastline, or for just having fun in the harbour. There is a little cafe up the road from the beach and the car park is a short walk away.

 

Helston beaches with seasonal dog restrictions

  

Church Cove, Gunwalloe: A sandy beach with a unique added extra of the tiny church St Wynwallow. Church Cove is a brilliant beach for a family day out with a cafe and loos a very short walk away, along with the National Trust car park. Please note this gets very busy during the summer months.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

 

Poldhu Cove Beach: A lovely beach for a chilled day on the Lizard or a stop off point on a walk. The cafe on the beach is known for their wicked hot chocolates and breakfast boxes. The National Trust car park is just across the road from the beach. There are no loos.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Polurrian Cove Beach: Enjoy a picnic lunch here mid walk along the coastal path. It is a quiet beach with no facilities. Eateries and parking is a 10 minute walk away in Mullion.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthleven Beach: Popular with those who enjoy a spot of sunbathing. When the tide is out you can walk from Porthleven to the Loe Bar, do keep an eye on the incoming tide though. Swimming is not recommended due to strong rip currents, surfing though is very popular here. Porthleven has lots of places to get a bite to eat along with a few car parks around the town.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Praa Sands Beach: A large beach with golden sand and known for having some good waves to surf. There is a surf beach shop on the beach and a car park at the top of the beach. The further down the beach you go the quieter it gets.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

 

The Lizard

 

An area of the county with big open views out to sea feeling like you're on the edge of the world. Home to some outstandingly stunning beaches making a Cornish holiday feel like one in the tropics on beautiful warm sunny days.

Kynance Cove, The Lizard, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches on The Lizard

  

Porthoustock Beach: Popular with divers due to the wrecks in the area. This is a great beach to let the dog loose and have a bit of fun. Loos are at the top of the beach, as is parking, provided no obstruction is caused for the local fishermen and their boats.

 

Coverack Beach: Another popular area for divers with lots of wrecks in the area, and though the beach is small it is still a good family beach. Parking is available nearby as is the pub with facilities. Dogs must be on a lead.

 

The Lizard beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Cadgwith Cove: Home to the local fishing boats this is very much a working beach so swimming is not recommended. There is very limited parking opposite the beach and next to the pub.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Housel Bay: Tucked away on Lizard Point, Housel Bay looks idyllic in gorgeous weather with white sand. Be warned though, this beach gets cut off on the incoming tide. Parking can be found at Lizard Point and facilities at Housel Bay Hotel.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Kennack Sands Beach: Despite being in a fairly remote location Kennack Sands does get very busy during the summer due to being a sheltered beach. There are WW2 pill boxes along the east side of the beach. Everything you need to have a good day at the beach is provided with a cafe, loos and car park at the top of the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Kynance Cove: The famous Kynance Cove. With waters looking tropical in summer and lots of beach when the tide is low, Kynance Cove does become very busy on warm sunny days. It is a short walk to the beach from the car park which is National Trust so fees apply and the loos are in the car park. There is a cafe down by the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

 

 

St Ives

 

Cobble lined streets await you, surrounded by stunning coastline and golden beaches. Anyone visiting Cornwall must make sure they stop off at St Ives to take in the wonderful sights and explore the footpaths surrounding the town. Read on for St Ives dog friendly beaches.

Porthmeor, St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Carbis Bay Beach: Just outside of St Ives, this golden beach is very popular with families due to a lack of swell, perfect for paddling and swimming. On the right days the bay looks very tropical surrounded by sub-tropical plants. Carbis Bay is dog friendly and has its own train station, beach front parking along with a shop, cafe and loos.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthmeor Beach: One of Cornwall’s best beaches and most dramatic, being hit by the full swell of the Atlantic, perfect conditions for surfing. With that comes a surf school for those wanting to learn to surf and a cafe for those happy to watch with a cuppa. The beach is also perfect for sunbathing. There is parking nearby, we recommend getting the train to St Ives as it gets very busy very quickly during the summer.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthminster Beach: Step off the train in St Ives and you are greeted by this beautiful beach. Porthminster does get very busy during the summer as it has lots of facilities and entertainment easily available. The Porthminster cafe is on the edge of the beach along with loos and other facilities. We recommend getting the train to the beach during the summer but there is a large car park close by.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthgwidden Beach: Smaller and more sheltered than some of the other beaches in the area. Although quieter than other beaches it does still get busy during the summer. It is a lovely place to take the dog out in the evenings. A cafe is next to the beach as is a car park (other methods of transport is recommended during the summer months).

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

 

St Ives Harbour Beach: Right on the edge of the centre of the town, and active harbour, St Ives Harbour Beach is a lovely place to sit and watch the sun set, let the dog run around in the evenings while surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the town. All facilities are behind the beach as is parking although the train is recommended during the summer.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

 

 

Hayle

 

Hayle is so steeped in the unique mining history of Cornwall that it has been designated part of the Cornish World Heritage Site. Hayle is perhaps more famous these days for its incredibly long beach that is three miles from the mouth of Hayle river.

Godrevy, Hayle, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches near Hayle

 

Mexico Towans Beach: Part of the three miles of golden sand, Mexico Towns is in the middle and backed by the sand dunes. When the tide is in the beach doesn’t feel too crowded even on its busiest days in the summer, perfect for letting the dog have fun in the water. The nearest car park is a bit of a walk away along the dunes and there is a cafe on the dunes behind the beach. 

 

Porthkidney Beach: Heading towards Carbis Bay and part of the most scenic bit of railway to St Ives, it is no wonder people love Porthkidney. Although swimming is not recommended it is the most perfect beach for letting the dog run free and have the time of its life. Access to the beach is limited and awkward the further up the beach you are. There is limited parking at Porthkidney Sands car park a short walk away. There are no facilities on the beach.

 

Hayle beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Godrevy Beach: At the mercy of the Atlantic, Godrevy Beach can be the ideal family beach during the summer then moody and dramatic through winter, creating some amazing contrasting shots. There is lots a parking above the beach with loos in the car park.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

  

Gwithian Towans Beach: Golden sands, large beach, and interesting rock pools, what’s not to like? Learn how to surf or just relax in the sun with the dog, Gwithian beach has you covered. There are a few cafes along the beach and on the dunes, parking in on the road by the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Harveys Towans: The first of the Towan beaches closest to Hayle town and all the amenities that comes with that. It is a sand beach perfect for walking the dog in the evenings. There is a large car park behind the beach and a cafe nearby.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm 

 

Portreath Beach: Popular with surfers, body borders and families, Portreath can get quite busy during the summer. It is a sandy beach with a river running to the waters edge to one side. Backing onto the town of Portreath means that shope, cafes and loos are easily accessible. The car park is on the edge of the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

 

Lands End

 

The furthest point you can go in England and home to some stunning beaches, coastal paths and countryside, not forgetting it's fishing and smuggling heritage. Cornwall spoils us all once again.

Sennen Beach, Lands End, Cornwall

All year-round dog friendly beaches on Lands End

  

Gwynver Beach: Look out toward the Isles of Scilly on a clear day and walk round to Sennen beach on a low tide. Gwynver beach is a little walk to the beach so perfect for a dog walk and explore. There are no facilities on the beach and the car park is about 15 minutes walk away from the beach.

 

Lamorna Cove Beach: A small beach perfect for taking the dog, a picnic or stopping off at on a coastal walk. It is a sandy beach with boulders to the right of the beach. The car park (fees apply) and loos are above the beach next to the shop and café.

 

Portheras Cove Beach: Head here if you love seals, an adventure and getting away from the crowds. Portheras is truly out of the way from everyone and makes for a lovely day at the beach with a picnic. Surrounded by gentle cliffs, it is sheltered and a safe place to take your dog. The nearest car park is a little way behind the cove. There are no facilities here.

 

Priest’s Cove: Known for the swimming races that happen here called The Brisons, it is the perfect place for a swim. Priest’s Cove has a car park and seasonal food van behind the beach on the cliff. It is a lovely place to take the dog for a wander.

 

Prussia Cove: A small rocky cove with a shingle beach at low tide. It is great for a spot of rock pooling or snorkelling when the sea is calm. The rocks make for a lovely place to picnic in the sun between dips in the sea. There is a small private field car park about 5 minutes from the cove.

 

Lands End beaches with seasonal dog restrictions 

  

Porthchapel Beach: Sheltered by the looming cliffs and only accessible by the narrow cliff path. Although popular with families during the summer Porthchapel never feels too busy. Seals also like this beach so keep an eye out for them! The nearest parking is about a 10 minute walk and the facilities are at the Minack Theatre along the coast path.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st May to 30th September, 8am - 7pm below mean high tide line

 

Sennen Cove Beach: Popular with surfers and a lovely place to swim, this sand beach is a favourite of those in the area. The sand dunes behind the beach offer paths to explore and shelter on the beach. There is a large car park by the beach with loos, shops and cafes can be found in Sennen a few minutes walk away. Check out our Sennen Webcam for a live feed.

Dates: Restrictions from 15th May to 30th September, 10am - 6pm

 

Long Rock Beach: A lovely sand beach just outside of Penzance, sheltered from the wind by the wall and sand dunes at the top of the beach. Families quite like this beach as it is a shallow slope to the water perfect for playing about in the shallows. There is a car park at the top of the beach with loos and a cafe.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Mousehole Beach to Skilly Beach: Mousehole harbour has to be up there with one of the prettiest harbours in Cornwall and to make it even better it has a small sandy beach. Although swimming isn’t recommended due to the marine traffic, it is ideal for sitting with a pasty and taking in the views. Mousehole has a number of shops, cafes and other facilities, parking can be found around and just outside of the village.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Perranuthnoe Beach: Low tide will reveal a beautiful sandy beach, a definite favourite of the locals in the Penzance area. The tide does come all the way in so checking tide times is a must. There is a car park close by and a cafe by the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthcurno Beach: Want to feel like you’re on a mediteranian holiday? Head to Porthcurno Beach. With white sand turquoise waters on a beautiful summers day and overlooked by the Minack Theatre it is no wonder people love this beach so much. There is a large National Trust car park with a cafe and loos in just up the road from the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Porthgwarra Beach: A very small cove with one crabbing boat regularly working from it. Low tide reveals rock pools and swimming is safe within the cove. Check out the cave in the cliff for an added adventure. Parking is in the field by the beach and a shop and loos are nearby.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

Marazion Beach: Looking over at St Michaels Mount, Marazion Beach is lovely and sandy. Separated from Longrock beach by a river, providing extra water fun, it is popular with families during the warmer months. Marazion has shops, cafes and loos and there is a National Trust car park by the beach.

Dates: Restrictions from 1st July to 31st August, 10am - 6pm

 

For some walk ideas why not have a look at our Winter walks in Cornwall blog and our Dog friendly pubs in Cornwall for some pub suggestions.

 

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