From tiny, deserted coves to huge sweeping expanses of golden sand and rugged shingle-covered shores, you’re rarely far from a beach in Cornwall.
Our four-legged friends love a trip to the beach just as much as we do. In the winter months, you might find you’ve got your favourite beach to yourself, but in the summer it can be a different story. Some beaches welcome dogs all year round; others during the off-season (usually before Easter and after 1st October).
Our top dog-friendly beaches (dogs welcome all year round)
A large sandy beach – over two miles long at low tide- with excellent views (you’ll need to plan your trip with the tides, as at high tide much of the beach is covered). The beach has seasonal lifeguards, and there are some stunning walks nearby along the coastal path. Shops, cafes and parking nearby.
A short drive from Bosinver will take you to Porthluney Cove, a lovely sandy beach which is part of the Caerhays Castle estate. There’s free parking available at the beach. Dogs on leads are welcome in Castle Gardens, and there are 120 acres of woodland walks to explore.
Lantic Bay is a small beach east of Polruan with pebbles, shingle and sand. Park in the National Trust car park at Polruan, then follow the path down to the beach through farmland and down the cliff path.
Another lovely beach right on our doorstep! Two miles south of Mevagissey lies Gorran Haven. It’s is a good starting point for walks along the cliffs – try heading south to Dodman Point. The beach is safe for swimming, making it popular with familities.
A sheltered, sandy beach on the Camel Estuary, bordered by dunes. You can park right next to the beach, making it easy for access. There are some lovely walks in the area, too. Don’t miss the beautiful St Enodoc’s Church, which is nestled in amongst the sand dunes where the poet John Betjeman is buried.
More dog-friendly beaches
And if you’ve got any pictures of your dog on their favourite beach, we’d love to see them too!