Top ten dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

There’s nothing like watching your happy dog run ragged on the beach. That’s why we’re super happy to be one of many Cornish beaches that is dog-friendly all year round. Inspired by our ‘Top ten beaches in Cornwall’ post, the great response we’ve received on our other doggie blogs and social media posts, we thought we’d compile another list of great Cornish beaches – this time focusing on 100% dog-friendly beaches without seasonal bans.

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1. Watergate Bay 

Watergate Bay

With no seasonal dog ban in place at Watergate Bay, we’re doggie friendly 365 days of the year. With two-miles of beach at low tide to play on and hundreds of rock pools to explore you’re sure to tire out your pooch – and yourselves! Luckily the The Beach Hut overlooking the beach is dog-friendly too, or pop up to the hotel’s Living Space for a Mediterranean menu, outdoor decking and open bar interior. Of course dogs are welcome here also!

2. Gwenver Beach

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©Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall

Located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, Gwenver Beach at Sennen on in the westernly tip of Cornwall is truly stunning. On clear days the Isles of Scilly can be seen far out to sea. At high tide, the walk back up the steps to the beach requires a bit of fitness, while at low tide the golden sand opens up to adjoining Sennen Cove. It’s a popular place for dog walkers with plenty of opportunity for your pooch to make a few new friends.

3. Porthcurnick Beach

The Hidden Hut
©The Hidden Hut

Listed in the Good Beach Guide Recommended 2014, Porthcurnick is a beautiful south-east facing sandy cove situated just north of Portscatho on the Roseland peninsula. Owned by the National Trust, Porthcurnick beach has lots of rockpools – ideal for dogs, children and water-based activities. Keep an eye out for the Hidden Hut, a small rustic outdoor beach cafe serving up lunch and dinner on selected Feast Nights.

4. Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth is our dog-loving neighbour whose beach has plenty of sand, even at high tide. The beach is relatively quiet and uncommercial compared to others on the north coast allowing you and your dog a more peaceful visit. Be sure to visit the local shops and amenities whilst you are in the area, or take a trip just along the coast to the stunning Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps.

5. Porthkidney Beach

Porthkidney by Alex Liivet on Flikr
©Alex Liivet on Flickr

Located just two miles from the picturesque St. Ives on the west coast of Cornwall, Porthkidney is a vast expanse of beach stretching almost a mile out to sea at low tide. Dogs are free to roam the beach but are required to be kept on a lead while on the footpaths.

6. Mexico Towans Beach

Gwithin by Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall

Mexico Towans, locally known as Towans or Gwithian Towans, forms part of a glorious four-mile stretch of beach starting at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary and finishing at Godrevy Lighthouse. It’s backed by magnificent sand dunes – great for exploring – and fronted with excellent swimming and surfing conditions. It’s another gem of a beach on our Cornish coastline that your dog is bound to love.

7. Mother Ivy’s Bay/Harlyn Bay

Harlyn Visit Cornwall
©Visit Cornwall

Mother Ivy’s bay lies in a sheltered bay on the North Coast of Cornwall next to the larger Harlyn Bay. Due to the lack of amenities the beach stays relatively quiet even in peak summer times which is ideal for throwing your dogs’ ball as far as you can without disturbing the tourists. Harlyn Bay is much busier but dogs a still welcome all year round. It is a more family oriented beach compared to some of its neighbours and has Lifeguards in attendance during the summer months.

8. Prussia Cove Beach

Prussia Cove by Adam on Flickr
©Andrew on Flickr

Prussia Cove beach has been described as secluded and romantic with small coves of sand and shingle revealed at low tide… perfect for your four legged friends! It’s slightly off the beaten track, half way between Penzance and Porthleven on the south coast of Cornwall, but well worth taking trip.

9. Lantic Bay

Lactic Bay by Reading Tom on Flikcr
©Reading Tom on Flickr

If you and your dog are an energetic pair, who love a good hike then Lantic Bay is for you. Before you even reach the beach you must tackle a mile’s walk and a steep cliff decent to get to the beach; but the footpaths are well marked. Once you have overcome this trek the beach rewards you with one of the most stunning locations, just to the East of Fowey.

10. Daymer Bay Beach

Daymer Bay

A great beach just east of Rock with fantastic views across the Camel Estuary and to Padstow. Parking facilities are available, and access to the beach is via a short set of steps unsuitable for wheelchairs. There is plenty of sand at high tide and usually the water is calmer than other beach will a small wave, you may even catch the odd windsurfer racing up the estuary.

Now we know we won’t have covered everyone’s favourite dog friendly beach, so leave us a comment letting us know which is your pick of the dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

Happy dog walking!

6 thoughts on “Top ten dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

  1. Vicky

    Crantock Beach just outside of Newquay is another good one! It gets busy in the summer but when the tide is out you can walk round the estuary & have so much space. Holywell Bay too is good for families and dogs. Both allow dogs all year and are National Trust.

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    1. sarah Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion Vicky. We love taking our dogs along the coastal path from Crantock to Poly Joke Cove – we highly recommend it as a quieter beach.

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