Dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall

IF you’re heading to Cornwall soon, make sure you bring your four-legged friend along with you for the ride.

From Daymer Bay to Deadman’s Cove and Lusty Glaze, there are plenty of dog-friendly spots to pick from.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Cornwall?

  • Bamaluz Beach, St Ives
  • Black Rock, Widemouth Bay
  • Booby’s Bay Beach, Padstow 
  • Bossiney Cove, Tintagel
  • Cadgwith Cove (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Carbis Bay, St Ives (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Carlyon Bay, St Austell (dog restrictions from Easter to September)
  • Carne Beach (dogs must be kept on leads)
  • Castle Beach, St Mawes (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Cawsand Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Chapel Porth, St Agnes (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Cleave Beach, Kingsand
  • Constantine Bay, Padstow
  • Coverack (dogs must be kept on leads)
  • Crackington Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Crantock Beach, Newquay (dogs must be kept under control)
  • Crooklets Beach, Bude (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Daymer Bay Beach
  • Deadman’s Cove, Camborne
  • Downderry Beach
  • Duckpool Beach, Bude (dogs must be kept under control)
  • Eastern Green Beach, Penzance
  • Finnygook Beach, Portwrinkle (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Fistral Beach, Newquay
  • Flushing Beach, Falmouth
  • Freathy (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Godrevy (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Gorran Haven
  • Great Molunan & Little Molunan Beach, St Anthony’s 
  • Great Western Beach, Newquay
  • Greenaway Beach, Trebetherick (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Gunwalloe Church Cove (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Gwithian Towans Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Gwynver Beach, Land’s End
  • Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Hannafore Beach, Looe
  • Harbour Cove, Padstow
  • Hawker’s Cove, Padstow
  • Hayle Beach (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Hemmick Beach, Mevagissey
  • Holywell Bay
  • Kennack Sands, Lizard (dog restrictions on main beach from July to August)
  • Kynance Cove, Lizard (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Lamorna Cove, Land’s End (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Lankidden Cove, Helston
  • Lantic Bay
  • Lizard Church Cove (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Loe Beach, Feock (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Longrock Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Lusty Glaze, Newquay (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Maenporth Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Marazion Beach (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Mawgan Porth Beach
  • Men-aver Beach, Gillan (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Mexico Towans Beach
  • Millendreath Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Mother Iveys Bay
  • Nanjizal Beach, Land’s End
  • Newlyn Tolcarne Beach
  • Northcott Mouth Beach
  • Par Sands Beach
  • Pedn Vounder Beach, Porthcurno
  • Pendower Beach
  • Pentewan Beach (dog restrictions from March to November)
  • Perranporth Beach (dogs must be kept on leads from July to August)
  • Perranuthnoe, Penzance (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Perran Sands, Perranporth
  • Plaidy Beach, Looe
  • Poldhu Cove, Lizard (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Polkerris Beach (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Polnare Cove, Falmouth
  • Polpeor Cove, Lizard
  • Polperro Beach (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Polridmouth Cove, Menabilly
  • Polstreath Beach, Mevagissey
  • Polzeath Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Poly Joke Beach, West Pentire
  • Porth Beach, Newquay (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Porthallow Beach
  • Porthbean Beach, Falmouth
  • Porthbeor Beach, Bohortha
  • Porthcothan Beach
  • Porthcurnick Beach, Gerrans
  • Porthcurno Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Portheras Cove
  • Porthglaze Cove, St Ives
  • Porthgwarra Beach, Land’s End (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Porthgwidden, St Ives (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Porthkidney Sands, Lelant
  • Porthleven Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Porthluney Cove
  • Porthmeor Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Porthmeor Cove 
  • Porthminister Beach, St Ives (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Portholland Beach
  • Porthoustock Beach, The Lizard
  • Porthpean Beach, St Austell (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Porthtowan Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Porthzennor Cove, St Ives
  • Portloe Beach
  • Portmellon Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Portreath Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Portscatho Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Port Gaverne Beach, Port Isaac
  • Praa Sands Beach (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Priests Cove, St Just
  • Readymoney Cove, Fowey (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Rinsey Cove 
  • Rock Beach, Padstow (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Sandymouth Beach, Bude
  • Seaton Beach
  • Sennen Beach, Land’s End (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Sharrow Beach, Whitsand Bay (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • St George’s Cove, Padstow (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Summerleaze Beach, Bude (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Sunny Cove, Falmouth
  • Swanpool Beach, Falmouth (dog restrictions from July to August)
  • Talland Bay
  • Tintagel Haven
  • Towan Beach, Newquay
  • Towan Beach, St Anthony
  • Trebarwith Beach, Tintagel
  • Tregantle Cliff Beach, Whitsand Bay
  • Tregardock, Newquay (dog restrictions from Easter to October)
  • Tregonhawke Beach, Whitsand Bay
  • Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes (dogs must be kept on leads)
  • Trevone Bay, Padstow (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Treyarnon Bay
  • Upton Towans, Hayle
  • Vault Beach, Gorran Haven
  • Watergate Bay, Newquay
  • Wherrytown Beach, Penzance
  • Widemouth Bay, Bude (dog restrictions from May to September except Black Rock & South Beach)
There are plenty of beaches to explore with your dog including Daymer Bay (Credit: Bob Shand/Flickr)

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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