Is Porthcurno Beach dog friendly?

PORTHCURNO BEACH is an idyllic and popular coastal hotspot in Cornwall that welcomes thousands of tourists every year.

Its golden sandy shores and incredible blue waters make it the perfect place to spend a summer’s day in the south west – but can dogs join you?

Is Porthcurno Beach dog friendly?

Canine lovers will be pleased to know that dogs are allowed on Porthcurno Beach all year round.

However, there are some restrictions on the Cornish beach, with pooches banned from the sandy shores from 10am to 6pm between July 1 and August 31.

You will still be able to take your dog for an early morning stroll or an late night splash during those months, avoiding the beach’s busiest times of the year.

Fancy turning your visit to Porthcurno Beach into a holiday for you and your dog? Why not stay at the Tater-du Holiday Home located just half a mile from the beach and for only £70 a night.

Porthcurno Beach is a stunning sandy beach with plenty of room for your dogs to run around and go for a splash in the sea (Duncan C/Flickr)
Porthcurno Beach is a stunning sandy beach with plenty of room for your dogs to run around and go for a splash in the sea (Duncan C/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog on to Porthcurno Beach?

Dog owners face being hit with fines of up to £1,000 should they take their dog to the beach during the banned periods.

Cornwall County Council stipulate that breaking the rules violates the Public Space Protection Order, whereby owners may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100.

Yet, this could be upgraded should they fail to pay and the case is taken to court with a maximum fine of £1,000 potentially awarded to the accused party.

There are exemptions to this though, with those registered as blind or have an assistance dog due to being deaf or having a disability recognised by the relevant governing bodies will not be prosecuted.

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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