Dog Friendly Beaches Cornwall 2014

Dog Friendly Beaches List and Map

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Many beaches in Cornwall are not dog friendly all year and have seasonal restrictions banning dogs. These usually run from Easter Day or March / May until 1st October. Some allow dogs in the early morning (before 7 or 8 depending) and late evening (usually after 7) - the sign at the entrance to the beach will specify.

Happily there are some beaches in Cornwall which are dog friendly all year. Details of these are set out in the list below and the map at the bottom of the page shows the locations of dog friendly beaches.

Most beaches are dog friendly out of season so see our full list of Cornwall Beaches for these times.

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Beachview Beach

Hayle Cornwall

West Cornwall

Fabulous golden sandy beach forming part of the 4 miles of golden sands running from Hayle to Godrevy with views over St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. Beachview offers good bathing and surfing. Dog friendly beach all year as are nearby Mexico Towans and Upton Towans, although not all beaches in this stip are dog friendly so take note of signs. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Hayle Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Carne Beach

Roseland Peninsula

South East Cornwall

Carne Beach is on the Roseland Peninsula and faces south. At low tide this is a nice sand and shale beach with rocks on both sides and Nare Head rising 300 feet above the beach. Carne beach is a dog friendly beach all year although note dogs must be kept on a lead on the beach in the summer months. Nice walking around the area.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Coverack Beach

Coverack Cornwall

Lizard Peninsula

Coverack beach is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall. Coverack beach is sand and rock backed by the sea wall and overlooking the small pretty harbour. At high tide the sand is covered so best visited at mid to low tide. The sea here is usually calm. The facilities are good, there are toilets in the village and plenty of parking on entering the Coverack and refreshments. Note access to Coverack beach is by steep steps. Read more about Coverack Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Crantock Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

A beautiful large sandy beach which is popular with beachgoers, families, surfers and bodyboarders. At low tide there are plenty of rock pools filled with life to investigate. Facilities are good with toilets, cafes and hire facilities and two car parks. Access to the beach is through steep dunes and can be difficult particularly for push chairs. A dog friendly beach all year. Crantock is lifeguarded from late May to late September 2014

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Daymer Bay Beach

Padstow Cornwall

North Cornwall

Daymer Bay Beach is a long stretch of sand at the head of the Camel Estuary at Rock and opposite Padstow. The beach slopes gently to the sea and is a dog friendly beach all year. The Estuary is tidal and so you need to visit here at a reasonably low tide. Sand dunes back the beach and it is usually a little quieter here than nearby Rock and Polzeath. There is a beach shop. If you climb the hill behind the beach the views are fantastic and you come to St Enodoc Church where the poet John Betjeman is buried. The Doom Bar is a large sand bank to the side of Daymer Bay and is a notorious hazard to shipping. The story goes that Padstow was guarded by a mermaid until she was mortally wounded by a young man and after which cursed the place with the sand bar.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Downderry Beach

Looe Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Downderry Beach is a sand and shingle beach next to the village of Downderry and on the coast path. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year and you can walk from here to Seaton Beach (low tide but beware of the risk of being cut off) which is another dog friendly beach. The Inn on The Shore pub is in the village. The beach is used by walkers, for fishing, windsurfing and swimming. Read more about Looe Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Fistral Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

Fistral Beach, the most famous Beach in Cornwall. An immense stretch of golden Cornish sands pounded by the famous Fistral break. Fistral beach is popular with surfers, beachgoers, families and dogs as this beach is dog friendly all year. International surfing events are regularly held here including Boardmasters, the Quicksilver Skins, the UK Pro Surf Tour and the BUSA Championships. Excellent facilities with shops, cafe, hire shops, toilets, showers and surf lessons. Long season of lifeguard cover. More about Newquay Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Gorran Haven Beach

Mevagissey Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Gorran Haven is a small harbour village with cluster of fisherman's cottages bordering an east facing sand and shingle beach. Popular with families. Set just outside Mevagissey. Toilets and cafe. Not lifeguarded. Dog friendy beach all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Great Western Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

One of the Newquay town beaches situated between Towan and Tolcarne beaches. A sheltered sandy beach backed by cliffs popular with families and learner surfers due to the smaller surf. Mostly covered at high tide. Cliffs make Great Western beach shady in the morning. There are toilets, a cafe and beach paraphernalia hire. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Newquay Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Hannafore Beach

Looe Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Hannafore Beach is about a mile from Looe. A sand and shingle beach with rock pools and a dog friendly beach all year. Looe Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Harbour Beach Newquay

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

A small sandy beach known as a sun trap in the centre of Newquay. This is a working harbour and boats are arriving with their daily catch so the beach can be slightly littered with the unwanted fish. Maybe better to explore than to sit. A dog friendly beach all year. Watch out for the Newquay Fish Festival held here every year. A 5/10 minute walk from Newquay town centre, accessed via steep steps. No lifeguards. Read more about Newquay Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Harlyn Bay Beach

Padstow Cornwall

North Cornwall

Harlyn Bay Beach is a golden sandy beach with pebbles near to Padstow. There are rock pools and sand dunes to explore and for those who enjoy walking walks to Mother Ivey’s Bay and Trevose head where the views are spectacular - ideal Cornwall walks with dogs and the beach here is dog friendly all year. Harlyn is a favourite family beach and also popular with learner surfers practising or attending one of the many surf schools (when the waves are big all levels of surfers come) and kayakers. The beach is accessed from Harlyn village. Read more about Padstow Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Hawker's Cove Beach

Padstow Cornwall

North Cornwall

Hawkers Cove Padstow at low tide is a beautiful golden sandy beach of a mile + at the mouth of the Camel estuary. A dog friendly beach in Cornwall all year. You can walk from Padstow on the coast path, about a mile, or park at Lelizzick Farm near the beach. You can enjoy a cream tea at The Rest A While Tea Garden Opposite is Daymer Bay - where the notorious Doom Bar forms when the tide is in and which has been a hazard to shipping for centuries and now has a local ale named after it. Read more about Padstow Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Holywell Bay Beach

Newquay Cornwall

Newquay Cornwall

Holywell Bay is a large expanse of golden Cornish sand accessed through and backed by sand dunes. At low tide Holywell Cave with calcium deposits can be seen and the wreck of an old Argentinian coaster can be seen just offshore. Toilets, shops and pub nearby. Read more about Newquay Cornwall Lifeguarded in the summer season. Dog friendly beach all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Kennack Sands Beach

The Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

Kennack Sands, situated on the Lizard Peninsula, is two lovely sheltered sandy Cornish coves with impressive rocks to explore. Split into Kennack Sands East (the furthest away) and Kennack Sands West. Very popular with Cornish holiday makers in the summer due to the large number of caravan sites within walking distance. There is paid for parking near the beach and a cafe and toilets in season. The drive can be difficult at busy times with lots of reversing and maneuvering for vehicles to pass each other on the single track road. Lifeguarded in the summer season. Kennack Sands East - dog friendly beach all year. Kennack Sands West seasonal dog ban - easter day - 30th Sept dogs banned 7am-7pm Read more about the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Kenneggy Sands Beach

Praa Sands

West Cornwall

Kenneggy Sands is quite an adventurous beach to visit. There are two ways to access the beach – one is to walk along the beach from Praa Sands at low tide the other to take the cliff top footpath and climb the chained ladder down to the beach. There is a risk of being cut off at Kenneggy by the incoming tide as the beach completely disappears at high tide so make sure you know the tide times and are alert to the risks. Once there the beach is sandy and dog friendly (although obviously the ladder is not).

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Lansallos beach

Polperro Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Lansallos beach is a small sand and rock cove near to Pencarrow Head Polperro. On the East of the beach is a small waterfall called Reed Water which used to power a small mill. To visit Lansallos Beach you need to park by the Church and take about a twenty minutes stroll down an unmade footpath to the beach. Ideal for dog walking in Cornwall as you have a walk with beach which is dog friendly all year at the end.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Lantic Bay Beach

Polperro Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Lantic Bay Beach lets you enjoy a walk and a dog friendly beach. Getting to Lantic beach involves a walk and steep trek of about 20 mins down to the beach. The far reaching views from the top of the cliff are amazing and the sandy / shingle secluded beach is ideal for relaxing when you get there. Park at the National Trust car park about 1 mile out of Polruan and take the footpath across the road heading into a field. Read more about nearby Polperro Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Mexico Towans Beach

Hayle Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mexico Towans forms part of the 4 mile stretch of the Hayle beaches. To the north side of the Black Cliffs and between Hayle Towans and Upton Towans Hayle, Mexico Towans is a sandy beach with moderate surfing conditions. There is parking at Hayle Towans. Dogs are allowed all year (but be aware seasonal restrictions apply on some of the Hayke beaches so double check where dogs are allowed). Lifeguarded in the summer season. Read more about Hayle Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Mullion Cove Beach

Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

West Cornwall

Mullion Cove on the Lizard Peninsula is a National Trust Harbour. The harbour is the main attraction to visitors but there is a small beach with sandy patches in between the rocks and cave. The beach is nearly all covered at high tide. There are toilets and a cafe. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year. Read more about the Lizard Peninsula Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Newquay Beaches

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

Newquay has many beaches to choose from, each offering something different from calm seas with golden Cornish sandy beaches to busy surf spots with a buzzing atmosphere. Read more about Newquay Cornwall

Many of the Newquay beaches are dog friendly beaches all year and most are lifeguarded in the summer season.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Northcott Mouth Beach

Bude Cornwall

North Cornwall

Northcott Mouth Beach is a rocky cove near to Bude and when the tide is out is a sandy beach with stream and rock pools. A National Trust beach there is a small car park and cafe in summer but no toilet facilities. Look out for the wreck of SS Belem which is revealed at low tide. Lifeguarded in Summer. Read more about Bude Cornwall. Northcott is a dog friendly beach all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Perran Sands Beach

Perranporth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Perran Sands Cornwall is a continuation from the golden Cornish sands of Perranporth and the main beach for the large Haven caravan site on top of the cliffs (a steep walk up). Golden sands are backed by steep Cornish cliffs. The beach is popular with families, surfers and beach goers. A cafe in summer but other facilities are found at the Haven site or in Perranporth itself. Lifeguards in the summer season. Read more about Perranporth Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Cornwall

West Cornwall

Perranporth is an amazing three mile long stretch of golden Cornish sand fringed by sand dunes and enjoyed by families, beach goers and very popular with surfers. There are lots of benches overlooking the beach for those who wish to sit and take in the scenery. The Perranporth sea can be unpredictable with very strong currents, speak to the lifeguards before entering. Excellent facilities. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Perranporth is a dog friendly beach but dogs must be on a lead from 9am-5pm in July and August. Read more about Perranporth Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Portheras Cove beach

St Just Cornwall

West Cornwall

Portheras Cove is a sandy cove backed by cliffs to the north and located at the end of a valley between Morvah and Pendeen, near to St Just, and known as a locals beach. Popular with seals which are often seen here the cove can be difficult to find unless you know the area well. Local bodyboarders enjoy the shorebreak here. Dog friendly beach all year. Read more about St Just Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Porthkidney Beach

St Ives Cornwall

West Cornwall

Porthkidney Beach is set at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary on the St Ives side and overlooking the Hayle beaches. A large sandy beach at low tide backed by sand dunes which is about 2 miles from the harbour town of St Ives, you can walk to Porthkidney Beach from St Ives along the coast path (note Carbis Bay beach which you pass is not dog friendly in summer). Read more about St Ives Cornwall Porthkidney beach is a dog friendly beach all year but please note dogs must be kept on a lead on the footpath leading from St Uny Church to Porthkidney Sands

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Porthleven Beach

Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall

West Cornwall

Porthleven beach is a mixture of sand and shale backed by cliffs and the sea wall. Strong undercurrents make bathing particularly hazardous here. Parking is in the centre of the village as are facilities. Porthleven is more a place to visit for the picturesque Cornish harbour village atmosphere with the different shops, galleries, pubs and cafes rather than the beach, but if you are there it is worth a visit. DOG BAN Easter Day until 1st October 7am-7pm in operation from the Harbour Wall to the Blue Buoy steps. On the rest of the beach there are no restrictions. Please check signs carefully to make sure where you are is dog friendly. Lifeguarded over the summer season

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Portholland Beach

The Roseland, St Austell, Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Portholland Beach is made up of two grey stone beaches backed by rocks. There is parking and toilets near to the beach and a cafe, also some locals sell tea and cakes from their houses. A dog friendly beach all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Sandy banks of the River Gannel

Newquay Cornwall

West Cornwall

The banks of the tidal estuary the river Gannel are a haven for birds where many shelter in the winter. The passenger ferry to Fern Pit and Crantock beach can be caught from here in summer. Nearby Newquay Cornwall has good facilities. Read more about Newquay Cornwall. Dog friendly beach.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Seaton Beach

Looe Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Seaton Beach is a large sand and pebble beach located at the mouth of the River Seaton a few miles from Looe. Popular with families, facilities are good with a beach cafe, Seaton Sand Stores, The Smugglers Inn and toilets. Seaton Beach is a dog friendly beach all year. Popular for sailing, surfing and shore fishing. From Seaton (at low tide but beware of the risk of being cut off) you can walk along the beach to nearby Downderry beach - another dog friendly beach. Read more about Looe Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Summerleaze Beach

Bude Cornwall

North Cornwall

Summerleaze beach Bude is within walking distance of the centre of Bude and is a sandy beach with has an open air sea pool. The pool is a fun place to swim if you do not fancy the sea, which is handy as Bude often gets powerful seas with high waves. Bude beaches are popular with surfers which can make the pool a calm alternative. Good facilities nearby including a cafe. There is a beach wheelchair available for hire from Summerleaze Beach Office. Dog friendly beach all year although dogs must be kept on a lead between 10am and 6pm from 21st May - 30th September. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Bude Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Talland Bay Beach

Polperro Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Talland Bay comprises two small beaches one of which is sandy and there are rock pools and coves to investigate. Found between Looe and Polperro there is limited parking. There is a beach cafe and ramp for launching boats. Talland Beach is a dog friendly beach all year. Read more about Polperro Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Towan Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

Towan Beach is a good family sandy beach as there are restrictions on surfing in the summer and it is sheltered and has a seawater pool. Popular with surfers when restrictions don't apply. Set in Newquay centre it can get busy. Towan Beach is backed by a sea wall and the tide covers beach at high tide. There is a grassy area overlooking the beach for those who prefer grass to sand. The beach is found in front of the Sealife Centre and to the side of Towan Island and suspension bridge. Good facilities nearby. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Newquay Cornwall. Towan Beach Newquay is a dog friendly beach all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Trebarwith Strands Beach

Tintagel Cornwall

North Cornwall

Close to Tintagel Cornwall Trebarwith is set in a deep valley with west facing beach and views of Gull Rocks. Please note you have to cross rocks to get to the beach and the beach is completely covered at high tide. Overlooking the beach is the Port William Inn a completely dog friendly pub and definitely worth a visit. The beach has parking, toilets and is a dog friendly beach all year. Lifeguarded over the summer season.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Upton Towans Beach

Hayle Cornwall

West Cornwall

In between Gwithian Cornwall and Hayle Upton Towans beach is one of the Hayle beaches. This popular stretch of sandy beach is good for surfing and bathing. Sand dunes lead from the beach to the holidays camps at the back. Parking at Gwithian or Hayle Towans. The nearby town of Hayle Cornwall has excellent facilities. Dog friendly beach all year. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Hayle Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Watergate Bay Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

Slightly out of Newquay Cornwall (about a fifteen minute drive or hard walk of an hour) Watergate Bay Cornwall is a two mile stretch of golden Cornish sands. Popular with surfers, kite surfers, beachgoers and dogs as it is a dog friendly beach all year. Facilities are good with a couple of cafes, restaurants, beach shop, toilets and places to hire surf and beach equipment. Watergate Bay is home to the famous Fifteen restaurant set up by Jamie Oliver. Lifeguarded over the summer season. Read more about Newquay Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Whipsiderry Beach

Newquay Cornwall

North Cornwall

Sandy beach sat at the foot of the rocks. No facilities. A good 30 minute walk from Newquay centre. No parking. Facilities in Newquay Cornwall. We think this is a dog friendly beach all year - please check for signs.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: no

Whitsand Bay Beach

Saltash Cornwall

South East Cornwall

Four miles of sand and rocks with shallow shelving beaches and rocky coves - note access from the parking areas is difficult down the cliff path with steps and uneven paths, also beware of the incoming tide as risk of being cut off. Four beaches make up Whitsand Bay. Tregonhawke is the main beach and has a cafe and toilets and the smaller beaches of Tregantle (occasionally closed if the MoD is using Tregantle Fort firing range) Freathy beach and Sharrow. All beaches have seasonal lifeguards and are dog friendly all year.

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

Widemouth Bay Beach (South side only)

Bude Cornwall

North Cornwall

The South side of Widemouth Bay, Black Rock, is a dog friendly beach in Cornwall. A sandy West facing beach with good access to the coast path. Set a few miles from Bude Cornwall Black Rock beach is entered through a private car park and has a cafe, shop hire facilities and lifeguards in the summer season. Read more about Bude Cornwall

Dogs Friendly Beach all year: yes

Seasonal Lifeguards: yes

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