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Which are the best dog friendly beaches in south Cornwall?

South Cornwall is a great place to bring your dog on holiday, and we have a large selection of holiday cottages that welcome dogs. Here on the Roseland Peninsula you'll find plenty of perfect beaches for dogs. Even smaller coves can reveal great beaches at low tide, so here's a selection of our favourites (of all sizes) that welcome dogs all year round:


A secret Cornish cove near Veryan, just 9 miles from St Austell. Limited vehicle access via narrow lanes from Boswinger. Dogs will love bouncing down the steep hill via lane or fields to Hemmick's golden sands from the small National Trust car park at Penare, but the return trip might be a bit slower!


In the heart of the Roseland Peninsula on the South West Coast Path and the Cornish Way Cycle Route, joins up with neighbouring Carne at low tide to create more than a mile of sandy beach in glorious Gerrans Bay. Dogs must be on a lead in summer. Added bonus: refreshments available - why not treat yourself to a cream tea at the Nare Hotel?


A sunny, sandy beach near Portscatho. Backed by spectacular Nare Head, low tide at Carne reveals a long stretch of sand and shale that's perfect for a romantic stroll, with or without dog. Again, dogs need to be on leads in summer.


A walk to this quiet, sandy beach from St Antony Head along the Cornwall Coast Path takes about half an hour. It's a steep climb down, though, and for the moment you'll have to admire it from above as the ACCESS PATH IS NOT SAFE – we hope it will soon be restored as Porthbeor is a lovely place to swim, too.


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, so they may prefer to explore rockpools at Towan.


The famous one as it's home to the Hidden Hut cafe. 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 should beware of rip currents.


Park at Lamedra and scramble down, or walk along the Coast Path from Gorran Haven, this secluded and pretty sand-and-shingle cove near Dodman Point is usually quiet. Long popular with naturists as it's off the beaten track, but now being 'discovered' by everyone else. 


Also known as Caerhays Beach as it's next to the castle (where you'll park). A large, accessible beach with plenty of sand at low tide plus lovely views to Dodman Point, Gulls Rock and Nare Head. 

Turnaware Bar

The surprise entry: a small, shale 'bar' near St Just-in-Roseland that's popular with the boating fraternity as its best views are inland. It's an easy walk down to the beach (even with pushchairs) from your pretty picnic spot above it.

At all beaches, please check for restrictions such as leads being required at some times of day or during summer months. Many other beaches in Cornwall welcome dogs in low season: visit here for more information.

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