10 Best Beaches for Dogs in Cornwall
Dogs love a holiday by the sea too – and many of Cornwall's 300-plus beautiful beaches welcome dogs all year round, and most allow them on during the quieter seasons. It's delightful to watch them enjoy the freedom of the seaside, so if you're booking one of our dog-friendly Cornwall cottages here's a few of our favourite beaches to go with it.
Towan is a quiet sand-and-shingle beach near St Mawes at the southern tip of Gerrans Bay. A lovely walk along the South West Coast Path from Portscatho, or a short stroll from the small car park at Porth Farm, Bohortha. While dogs are also welcome on Portscatho Beach it's quite rocky and has some restrictions, so they may prefer Towan.
Great Molunan & Little Molunan Two pretty coves tucked under St Anthony Head that join up at low tide, making plenty of space for dogs to enjoy. Great Molunan is a sheltered expanse of golden sand backed by low, green cliffs with a beach at all but the highest tides.
Porthcurnick is the famous one as it's home to the Hidden Hut cafe, where dogs are also welcome. Sandy and fairly isolated, Porthcurnick is backed by glorious Roseland Peninsula scenery, while looking out to sea you might spot dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. Swimmers (including dogs) should beware of rip currents.
Porthbeor A walk to this quiet, sandy beach from St Antony Head along the Cornwall Coast Path takes about half an hour. It has restricted access, partly because you and your dog need to be able-bodied for the steep climb down, but also because in 2018 the access became unsafe – we hope it will soon be restored as Porthbeor is a real gem.
Porthluney, also known as Caerhays Beach as it's next to the castle (where you can park). An accessible beach at all times, with plenty of sand at low tide plus lovely views to Dodman Point, Gull Rock and Nare Head.
Pentire Steps Head here at low tide when it joins up with neighbouring Bedruthan Steps to form a lovely big swathe of sandy beach. Dramatic rock formations for you to admire, plenty of space for your dogs to run and play. A lovely day trip from the Roseland Peninsula.
Treyarnon Popular with families, this clean, sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and low cliffs. It's one of my favourite North Cornwall beaches because I once saw a full rainbow stretching from end to end. Brilliant rock pools for children and dogs to fossick in, too.
Mullion Cove Walk among wildflowers along the glorious cliffs, then head down to the beach at low tide for a sandy stroll with pretty sea views. Some interesting rock formations, too.
Nanjizel A locals' secret - not the easiest access as the nearest car park is about 3 miles away, but deservedly popular with walkers, birders and seal-watchers. Plenty of caves and interesting rock formations to explore. Well worth the effort.
Longrock A lovely long, safe, family beach near Penzance where dogs and children can safely wade out into shallow water. Plenty to enjoy here!