Is Portreath Beach Dog Friendly?

OUT of all of the beaches in Cornwall, Portreath is up there with the best of the bunch.

This sandy beach is great for a day out with the family – but can you bring your four-legged friend along with you for the day?

Is Portreath beach dog friendly?

This beach is pet-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during peak season.

Dogs are not allowed on Portreath from 1 July to 31 August from 10am-6pm as there is a seasonal ban in place.

But if you abide by the rules, it will be a great day out for you and your pooch.

This large beach is predominantly sandy except for a small amount of shingle below the shore line.

Portreath is a popular family beach and has great facilities nearby (Credit: David Hodgson /Flickr)

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby if you fancy a bite to eat while you’re out and about.

Public toilets are also a short walk away from the seafront.

Lifeguards will be patrol the beach from 15 May to 26 September when surfing season is under way.

But due to the fast current and waves you will need to be very careful if your dog likes a paddle in the sea.

You are strongly advised to keep them on a lead if they go into the water.

If you fancy staying the night, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in the area.

You and your pet can stay in The Portreath Arms – which is located just a short walk away from the harbour and beach.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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