Top ten dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

We were thrilled at the levels of positive response we received for out blog post ‘Top ten beaches in Cornwall’, and weren’t surprised that many of you had your own ideas and suggestions as to which beaches were missing. So we thought we’d compile another list of great Cornish beaches, this time focusing on 100% dog friendly beaches, without seasonal bans.

It’s fantastic watching your happy dog run ragged on the beach leaving their footprints behind in the sand and soaking up as much sea water as possible, that’s why at Watergate Bay we are dog friendly all year round.

1. Watergate Bay 

At Watergate Bay we do not impose a seasonal dog ban and encourage you to bring your dog down to play on the beach. We have many rock pools to explore and two miles of golden sand that is sure to tire out any pooch. But don’t fret we also cater for the owners; after an invigorating session on the beach pop into The Beach Hut for something to eat or drink whilst enjoying the view, or pop up to the hotel’s Living Space with is open plan bar area and Mediterranean menu, of course dogs are welcome in both!


2. Mawgan Porth

It caused a fair bit of controversy that Mawgan Porth didn’t appear in the poll of top ten Cornish beaches but we certainly couldn’t leave it out of this list. 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.


3. Porthkidney Beach

Porthkidney is located just two miles from the picturesque St. Ives on the West coast of Cornwall. It 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 whilst on the foot paths.


4. Mother Ivy’s Bay/ Harlyn Bay

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 Life Guards in attendance during the summer months.


5. Prussia Cove Beach

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! Its slightly off the beaten track, half way between Penzanze and Porthleven on the South coast of Cornwall, but well worth taking trip.


6. Lantic Bay

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.


7. Holywell Bay Beach

This huge beach provides plenty of entertainment for the whole family especially your dog. With a vast stretch of beach to explore your dog can roam free till their heart’s content whilst you sit back and enjoy a good book. The high dunes make the perfect playground for both dogs and children.


8. Daymer Bay Beach

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.


9. Gwenver Beach

Located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, Gwenver Beach at Sennen down in the westernly tip of Cornwall, is truly stunning. On clear days the Isles of Scilly can be seen far out to sea. Gwenver is a popular place for dog walkers so there is plenty of opportunity for your pooch to make a few new friends.


10. Mexico Towans Beach

Mexico Towans, locally known as Towans or Gwithien Towans, forms part of a glorious four mile stretch of beach starting at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary and finishing at Godrevy Lighthouse. Backed by magnificent sand dunes 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.


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

    I found your site so helpfull I have been trying to book the perfect surprise holiday for my husband myself and are dog for so long now thanks to you I have done just that we are staying with beach retreats in the beach hut near watergate bay perfect for all 3 of us a big thank you! And will certainly keep this site for further bookings it’s great to see your dog being able to enjoy the beach too! Kind regards Vicky

  2. Louise Black

    Not forgetting Crantock. Doggy and human heaven! Stop at the bowgie Inn for great food too! Take a walk through poppy fields to Polly joke beach aka Porth joke. Another lovely dog friendly beach! Trevaunance cove is great but dogs on leads. Mawgan Porth is my favourite…so far!

  3. Brian Moore

    A great website and very useful, especially for house and dog sitters like us! We are currently staying on the Cornish South Coast near Fowey, house sitting and dog sitting a Pointer for a month while his owners holiday in Croatia. We can strongly recommend Par Sands Beach which is dog friendly all year round and it abounds with friendly dogs. One word of warning, locals say you shouldn’t let your dog drink from the two streams, one at either end of the beach, as the water can upset their stomachs. Our Pointer gets one good walk/run at Par Sands every day to burn off his excess energy and a calmer coastal path walk at the other end of the day.

    Sadly, Carlyon Bay has a total dog ban all year round while Polkerris bans them apart from the winter months, though the pub at Polkerris is very welcoming to dogs inside and outside if you’ve been walking the coastal path. I think we will go and try Carne Beach this weekend as the forecast is good and apparently it is a dog friendly beach. We might try out the Nare Hotel for lunch as their website reckons dogs are welcome in the gardens.

    If any other dog owners have good tips for dog-friendly beaches on the South coast of Cornwall near Fowey, I’d be most grateful.

    1. sarah

      Hi Brian, we hope you’re enjoying your dog sitting holiday – it sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing your dog tips with us and our followers. 🙂


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