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Top 10 dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Posted 24 April 2014 by

One of the joys of living or holidaying by the coast with your dog is the freedom that running along the beach gives them. It’s a wonderful sight to see them bounding along the san, and the beach is a great place for your dog to socialise and play with other dogs. Bordered on three sides by water, it’s no surprise that Cornwall is full of beautiful beaches (more than 300 in fact), many of which welcome dogs all year round. If you’re thinking of staying in one of ourdog-friendly Cornwall properties, take a look at our guide to our top ten dog friendly beaches in Cornwall that you and your dog will love.

North Cornwall

Mawgan Porth beach

This beautiful beach is along the rugged North Cornwall coastline between Newquay and Padstow. West facing, the high coastal cliffs create a deep bay that at low tide is perfect for dogs to run around on and even at high tide there is still quite a large beach to enjoy. Nearby are some beautiful coastal walks along the South West Coast Path, which is also dog friendly.

Crantock Bay

This beach is at the opening of the River Gannel estuary and is found along the west coast of Cornwall, past Newquay. Like Mawgan Porth and many other beaches in North Cornwall, Crantock Bay is sheltered by coastal cliffs on both sides, making it popular with surfers, particularly beginners. The beach also backs on to rolling sand dunes that your dog will love to explore too. The local area has some charming pubs, amenities and handy facilities.

South Cornwall

Towan Beach

This beach is perfect if you’re in the mood for a quiet walk. South-east facing, this pleasant stretch of sand and shingle has a maze of rock pools that are revealed at low tide. If your dog likes the water, they’ll love splashing in and out of the little pools hunting for treasures and smells. The nearby Portscatho beach is just a short walk away, but it has a partial restriction on dogs so make sure to check ahead to see if you and your dog will be allowed there.

Porthluney Cove

Sometimes called Caerhays beach due to its close proximity to the castle of the same name, this beach is just up the coast from St Mawes. A small sandy cove, even at high tide there is still beach to walk on and it’s accessible from the South West Coast Path. There are facilities and amenities nearby, as well as a large car park.

Porthboer beach

This little beach is a real hidden gem and it’s quite likely you and your dog will have the beach to yourselves. This beach is accessed by a set of steep steps so may not be suitable for dogs with joint problems or owners who require increased access. The beach is owned by the National Trust and is found along the stunning Roseland Peninsula.

Loe Beach

Tucked away between Truro and Falmouth, this beautiful beach has some stunning views across Carrick Roads to St Mawes and the Roseland. Its sheltered locations provides sheltered and tranquil waters, it’s the perfect beach for an evening stroll. Loe Beach is also very popular with water sports enthusiasts; due to the calm waters it’s a great place to try paddle-boarding, kayaking, and sailing. 

Porthcurnick Beach (pictured)

Just north of Portscatho along the Roseland Peninsula, this south-east facing beach has soft sands and rock pools and is sheltered by grass-topped cliffs. There is a great beach café here called The Hidden Hut, which serves delicious hot and cold takeaway food. There is also outdoor seating and dogs are more than welcome.

West Cornwall

Mullion Cove

This beach is sandy at low tide, but the surrounding cliffs are also a fantastic place to walk your dog. Offering beautiful views out to sea and due to West Cornwall’s subtropical climate, a diverse and interesting variety of plants grow along the cliff tops here.

Porthleven beach

Porthleven beach is three miles of sand and shingle for you and your dog to enjoy. It’s an easy distance by car from holiday cottages on the Roseland Peninsula. Facing south-west and out to sea, there are some beautiful views to see here. There is ample car parking and the local area has some lovely shops and cafes should you venture further inland. Dogs who like a paddle should beware the rip tides as they can be quite strong.

Nanjizal beach

This beach is a well-kept secret among locals! It does have difficult access, but it is certainly worth visiting if you can. The beach is popular with dog walkers, bird watchers, and visitors to the coast path, but it’s not often you’ll find sunbathers or surfers here. There is parking around three miles away leading directly onto the coast path. Pack a picnic and head off to this secret beach; you won’t be disappointed.

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