Stan’s Favourite Dog Friendly Beaches

Two dogs playing on a dog friendly beach in Cornwall.

Cornwall is a haven for four legged friends so if they are eager to explore the miles and miles of golden sands then a holiday at Bosinver will be the ultimate retreat for both you and your pooch. Lets face it, we all know a happy dog equals a happy owner.

We asked Stan (and Nanny Pat) for their top 5 beaches to visit all year round in Cornwall and here is what they came up with:


  1. Gorran Haven – near Mevagissey

Located just a short drive from Bosinver you will find the un spoilt costal village of Gorran Haven. The bay is sheltered making it ideal for the whole family as its a popular spot for swimming, perfect if your dog likes a paddle too! Gorran Haven is 9 miles from Bosinver so ideal for a quick morning or late afternoon walk.

  1. Par Sands, St Austell

This vast beach gives dogs plenty of space to run so is popular choice amongst the locals, plus the grassy sand dunes are great for little pooches to wind their way through. Par Sands can be found in between St Austell and Fowey just a 20 minute or so drive from Bosinver. There is ample parking, as well as café and toilet facilities located close to the campsite behind the beach.

  1. Portholland Beach, The Roseland

Portholland Beach boasts not one, but two rocky beaches. The beach can be found in the hamlet of West & East Portholland which is home to just 40 local residents. Tea and cake are often served from the house and locals provide fresh water outside their front doors for thirsty dogs. Parking can be limited, but outside of the main season you should never struggle to park. If you have little ones in tow be sure to take along your buckets and nets as it’s a great spot for rock pooling.

  1. Carne Beach, Roseland Peninsula

This south facing beach is sometimes known as the secret beach of Cornwall. The beach at low tide can stretch for nearly a mile to Pendower Beach. As well a large sandy beach to explore extend your walk behind the beach to discover remains of an iron age settlement sitting at the base of the beacon. Carne Beach is a little further away from Bosinver.

  1. Crantock Beach

Located between the Pentire Headland and Gannel River you will find Crantock Beach, which is owned and looked after by the National Trust. The beach is large with golden sands and backed by dunes so boasts plenty of space for the whole family to explore.  You could easily spend a few hours here, which makes the 40 minute journey worthwhile, plus if you are a National Trust Member parking is free.

Stan and Nanny Pat enjoy walking all over Cornwall, our website is bursting with ideas of places to go with your dog.


Enjoy a break in Cornwall

If you would like to enjoy a break in Cornwall and have some adventures of your own we’d love to see you. We’ve got a range of cottages which sleep 4-12 people and we’ve won many awards because we are passionate about sustainability – find out more and check availability.

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