Is Porthleven Beach dog friendly?

PORTHLEVEN BEACH is just another of Cornwall’s fabulous seaside hotspots that sees tourists and residents enjoy the sandy shores all year round.

Less that three miles from Helston and although Porthleven Beach is not the biggest beach in the county, nothing beats a trip to the Cornish coast – but can dogs visit too?

Is Porthleven Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed onto Porthleven Beach all year round – but there are restrictions on the western part.

From the Harbour Wall to the Blue Buoy steps, dogs are banned from 10am to 6pm in July and August.

The eastern part – which connects to Loe Bar Beach when the tide is out – is available at all times for your canines to run around and go for a splash in the English Channel.

If you are looking to turn your visit into a holiday, Camping Cornwall has two campsites nearby from just £9 an adult per night – with both around a mile away and allow dogs to stay with you.

Porthleven Beach is an idyllic Cornish spot to relax and enjoy the views with your dog (Tim Green/Flickr)
Porthleven Beach is an idyllic Cornish spot to relax and enjoy the views with your dog (Tim Green/Flickr)

Can I be fined for taking my dog onto Porthleven Beach?

Should a dog be found to be in the exclusion area on Porthleven Beach, the person in charge of the pooch could land themselves a hefty fine.

Cornwall’s Public Space Protection Order on dogs on beaches states that they may be given a fixed penalty notice of £100.

However, should they refuse or fail to pay, they could end up in court and with a fine of up to £1,000.

There are exemptions to this order with those having a guide dog or one registered as an assistance dog allowed to enter to the exclusion areas with them.

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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