Is Hayle beach dog friendly?

HAYLE is a three-mile sandy beach situated in West Cornwall.

It stretches from the Hayle Estuary to Fwithian Towans and Godrevy Point – but can you bring your dog along with you to explore the beautiful coastline?

Are dogs allowed on Hayle beach?

Hayle is a pet-friendly beach – but there are restrictions in place during certain parts of the year.

Dogs are banned from Harveys Towans to Black Cliff from the start of July until the end of August between 10am until 6pm.

If you bring your dog to Hayle, you will have to be extra careful if they like to paddle in the water.

Signs warn visitors of strong currents – which means it is probably best to keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Beach goers are warned to be aware of the rapid currents at Hayle, Cornwall (Credit: Ben Sutherland/Flickr)

You will also need to be careful of the falling rocks from the cliff.

Lifeguards will be on duty during the summer and there is parking available nearby at The Towans.

Public toilets are located by the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club.

This beach is also known by locals as the Riviere Towans – as ‘towans’ is the Cornish word for dunes.

If you fancy spending the night nearby, check out the White Hart Hotel.

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

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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