We struck out down the coast yesterday to meet up with some friends of ours at Porth Kidney beach. A crescent of sand tucked away on the edge of the Hayle estuary with amazing views east over Hayle Towans and west to St. Ives. And being dog friendly all year, it’s a great spot to stretch your legs whether you’re human or hound.
As with all great beaches in Cornwall, there’s limited parking, a walk to the sand and no facilities. There’s a path that winds it’s way from Lelant Church down through the golf course and onto the edge of the estuary. The beach is flanked at it’s back by dunes, which harbour the South West Coast Path and St. Ives branch line, and at low tide a huge sweep of beach opens up to the sea, almost joining up with Carbis Bay.
The views are brilliant, with the cabin dotted sand dunes of Hayle and the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse to one side and the sweep of St. Ives, all beaches and pretty seaside townscapes, to the other. Looking back up the estuary lies Hayle harbour, a tribute to Cornish mining history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The beach itself is great for dogs and the three we had with us (Juno the Greyhound, Tai the Beagle and Marley the Labrahound) put it to task good and proper. There’s seaweed to attack, waves to fight, huge timber poles that serve perfectly as pissing posts, the calm shallows of the estuary in which to lay a hot belly (see the picture of Juno the greyhound) and a fresh water source where the footpath pops out onto the beach.
And The Badger Inn, back down on the main road, does a good hot chocolate, is dog friendly and has a 14 month Great Dane pup who’s on hand to welcome canine companions.
The perfect winter excursion.