Is St Ives Beach dog friendly?

THE coast of Cornwall is blessed with countless beautiful beaches from Newquay’s Fistral Beach to the stunning seaside at Perranporth.

Yet, St Ives in the northwest of the county offers its own slice of heaven with shores laden with sand – but can dogs join you?

Is St Ives Beach dog friendly?

St Ives has not just one, but six beaches surrounding the coastal town with the Harbour and St Ives Head among them.

Porthmeor Beach and Porthminster Beach are the most severe restrictions, with dogs banned from going on them between 10am and 6pm from May 15 to September 30, according the St Ives Town Council.

Meanwhile, at St Ives Harbour and Porthgwidden beaches, your four-legged pooches are unable to step foot on them between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31.

Bamaluz Beach and Lambeth Walk Beach – located between the Harbour and Porthminster – welcome dogs 365 days of the year at all hours.

Why not spend time enjoying all of St Ives’ beaches with your dog by staying at pet-friendly The Nest holiday home from just £163 a night.

St Ives attracts thousands of visitors to its beaches every year with locals and tourists alike bringing their dogs with them
St Ives attracts thousands of visitors to its beaches every year with locals and tourists alike bringing their dogs with them

Can I be fined for taking my dog on a St Ives beach?

Dog owners face being fined should they take their dog to one of the beaches in the Cornwall town during the banned periods.

Enforcement officers can issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 for breaking the rules.

As with any fine of this magnitude, should you refuse to pay, you could be taken to court and hit with a penalty of up to £1,000.

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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