There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall where you can exercise your four-legged friend amid spectacular coastal scenery, but it’s worth knowing which ones do welcome dogs and if any restrictions are put in place during the busy months. It would be a shame to turn up at your dog-friendly holiday cottage, only to discover that the local beaches have dog bans in place. Some Cornish beaches bar dogs all year round; some only limit access for the main summer months. But whatever time of year you’re visiting, it’s good to know which beaches, close to your chosen holiday destination, will allow visits with dogs.
At Duchy Holidays we like to provide memorable holidays for all members of the family and we recognise that the pet pooch is an integral part of the family. Therefore we have created this guide to what we feel are the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall.
Luckily our local beach - Perranporth Beach - allows dogs to roam free for most of the year, although they are requested to be kept on a lead at the south end of the beach during the peak months of July and August. So for most of the year, dog lovers can exercise their pets freely along the entire stretch of this three-mile beach. And even in the height of summer dogs have a free run of the beach along the middle and northern sections to Penhale Corner. Mile on mile, Perranporth must be one of the most dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.
Heavenly Holywell Bay is a beautiful stretch of sand for walking the dog. On a quiet day you may not see another sole for the entire walk. The best part of this National Trust managed beach are the sand dunes where dogs can get some really good exercise scampering up the steep inclines. The views of the coast and offshore island from the top are spectacular.
The main beach at St Agnes welcomes dogs on leads. It’s only a small beach with limited space at high tide but its wonderfully scenic and perfect for short walks followed by a tea or coffee in the café overlooking the beach. For longer walks, a visit to the beach can be combined with a walk along the South West Coast Path.
This surfer’s favourite is one of Cornwall’s most scenic beaches. The main access is via a National Trust managed car park and over some small sand dunes. Once here, you and your dog will have complete run of the beach towards the West Pentire headland or down the side of the Gannel Estuary. The beach gets popular in the summer but there’s plenty of space for to spread out for canine exercise.
Another long beach, Watergate Bay provides ample space for a run around. At low tide, the beach stretches out for miles beneath the cliffs. It can get crowded in the summer, but only around the main slipway entrance to the beach. Reward your four legged friend with a bowl of water in the Beach Hut while you sip a coffee and admire the view.
This beach near Penzance offers a huge expanse of beach for a walk with impressive St Michael’s Mount as a backdrop. This beach is popular with kitesurfers, so it may be advisable to keep the dog on a lead if it likes chasing after things.
It’s only a small beach but great fun for chasing balls and splashing in the lapping waves. Prussia Cove is one of the gems of the south coast with fine coastal scenery everywhere you look. It’s a remote location where you can usually enjoy some peace and quiet with just your dog for company.
This attractive sandy cove allows dogs all year round. There’s a car park and café right on the beach, which has fine golden sand lapped by a blue sea. This beach is overlooked by Caerhays Castle, which makes the venue even more majestic. This south coast beach is a great place to come with the dog when it’s stormy on the north coast.
To find dog-friendly holiday accommodation for your stay in Cornwall, use the availability search but remember to tick the ‘pets’ checkbox to refine your selection to properties which are dog friendly.