Happy Easter! With the long weekend and the promise of warmer days, comes the seasonal dog beach ban in Cornwall. This means a lot of beaches will be off bounds for pooches until October. But all is not lost, there’s still loads of beaches that remain dog friendly all year – in fact most of the better ones (in our humble opinions), you just need to know where they are. So we’re letting you in a little secret here, with our list to the very best of Cornwall’s dog friendly beaches. Enjoy!
There is a seasonal restriction at Perranporth these days, which runs throughout July and August and which stipulates that all dogs within the main drag of the beach need to be on a short lead between 10am and 5pm. But even during this period, when the tide is low and you’re past the main town beach there’s 3 miles of sand on which to run free. And as of 1st September the entire place is a doggy domain once again.
A little, craggy cove just east of Trevaunance Cove and found down a very bumpy track from Blue Hills Tin Mine. There’s not much beach to run on, but a babbling stream cuts down from the valley and paths snake up between the gorse on both sides of the headland. Dog friendly all year.
Quite possibly our favourite beach of all time. There’s a National Trust car park at the bottom of Cubert Common (drive through Treago Farm Campsite and just keep going), where a path leads down through a bucolic river valley, before opening out onto a long thin beach framed on both sides by common and craggy cliffs. Dog friendly all year but sometimes there’s livestock grazing on the common or even on the beach, so having a lead to hand is essential.
Reached by scrambling down a skinny path, using rope rails for the final descent, Lusington is just around the corner from the ever popular Porthtowan (seasonal dog ban), but it’s a world away. Backed by huge rough cliffs, the coarse sand beach is quite often deserted. Dog friendly all year.
A big sandy expanse to the east of Hayle Estuary, with views of Hayle Towans and Gwithian to one side and Carbis Bay and St. Ives to the other. Drive down into Lelant, park up by the church and follow the footpath down through the dunes to the beach – dogs need to be on leads until they’ve reached the beach. There’s a fresh water source close to the path entrance at the sand. Dog friendly all year.
Right down south, and out of our usual north coast domain, Loe Bar is a beautiful spot just east of Porthleven. For a good trot, park up at the car park at the end of Loe Bar Road, and take the coastal path east. We visited in the height of summer and there wasn’t another soul on the beach, which is backed by a fresh water pool and the thick woods of the Penrose Estate. Dog friendly all year.
Tucked away around the corner from Trevose Headland and Padstow, a lovely beach with a real family atmosphere, sandy expanse and lots of rock pools. Head east on the coastal path and you’ll find Constantine Bay and Boobies Bay just 5 minutes away – 3 for the price of one. Dog friendly all year.
There are loads more, so if you’ve got any recommendations please do leave a comment below and I’ll add them to my ‘wish list’.