Watergate Bay in north Cornwall is a fantastic seaside spot for dogs and owners alike. The beach is huge, the waves are impressive and there is a great range of dog-friendly facilities around.
Perfect for pooches
Spanning two miles at low tide, Watergate Bay offers up ample room for energetic pups to let off some steam. I’m still working on Monty’s recall – and this is a great place to practice as there are plenty of distractions.
It’s a popular spot with dog walkers, as it’s dog-friendly all year round. You’ll probably pass at least a few others while out on your walk. So if your dog is one for playing with others, they’ll certainly get the chance. On this particular visit, Monty enjoyed a game of chase with a greyhound, who shamelessly outran him with ease!
Wonderful water sports
The waves coming in from the Atlantic are impressive, attracting daily surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. If you’d like to get involved, the Extreme Academy can provide you with tuition and equipment for surfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding, among other activities. Such waves might not go down well with dogs new to the shoreline. Not to worry – there are plenty of rock pools for curious paws to paddle in. There are also caves aplenty to be explored too; a hit with adults and dogs.
Dog friendly places to eat
If hunger strikes, my favourite spot is The Beach Hut. This vibrant surf chic cafe is always buzzing with beach goers and it’s hardly surprising. The food is simple yet delicious – think Clam chowder and Cornish crab spaghetti– and very well priced for the quality and portion sizes. You can also just nip in for a warming cup of coffee and watch the Atlantic swell from the huge glass windows. And the best bit? It’s dog-friendly. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever visited without spotting at least one dog diner. The staff, who are faultlessly friendly anyway, are very accommodating with dogs, offering plenty of pats and fresh bowls of water if required.
If the Beach Hut is too rammed or you fancy something more low-key, head next door to Venus Takeaway. Here you can choose from pasties, sandwiches and burgers and they also have vegan and gluten-free options too.
Just up the road is Wax, a very cool dog-friendly bar and kitchen. The latest venue at Watergate Bay, this new kid on the block offers favourite seaside treats such as fish and chips and mussels mariniere, as well as a few more unusual options like their crab, chilli and pink grapefruit salad.
Getting to Watergate Bay is a doddle; it’s just a 15 minute drive or a 45 minute walk from the centre of Newquay. If you’re driving, there are two car parks. I’d recommend the one furthest from the beach if you don’t mind the extra two minutes’ walk. Not only is it way bigger, it doesn’t have those awkwardly angled spots that the nearer car park has. No? Just me? Either way, they are both very convenient for the beach and nearby eateries.
Happy beach walking.