Top 5 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall for 2024

Posted by Select Cornwall

on 06/06/2024

Cornwall's Best Dog Friendly Beaches

Perfect Spots for a Summer Holiday with Your Furry Friend

Are you planning a summer holiday in Cornwall and looking for the perfect beaches to enjoy with your four-legged companion? Cornwall, with its stunning coastline and golden sands, offers numerous dog-friendly beaches where both you and your pet can have a fantastic time. Here are the top 5 dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall for 2024, updated with the latest restrictions and notices you need to know.

1. Porthkidney Beach, Lelant

Why Visit:

Porthkidney Beach, located near St Ives, is a beautiful, expansive beach ideal for long walks with your dog. The beach is backed by sand dunes and offers stunning views of Hayle Estuary.

Dog Restrictions: Porthkidney Beach is dog-friendly all year round, with no seasonal restrictions. This makes it a top choice for those planning their trip outside the peak summer months.

Facilities: Nearby cafes and pubs in Lelant village Lifeguard service during the summer months

2. Holywell Bay, Newquay

Why Visit: Holywell Bay, just a short drive from Newquay, boasts extensive sand dunes and a spacious beach, perfect for energetic dogs. The iconic Gull Rocks provide a picturesque backdrop to the beautiful, sandy beach.

Dog Restrictions: Dogs are welcome year-round with no restrictions, making it a perfect beach to visit any time of the year.

Facilities: National Trust car park (free for members) Toilets near the entrance Surf school and equipment hire

3. Fistral Beach, Newquay

Why Visit: Fistral Beach is one of Cornwall's most famous sandy beaches- one of the surf capitals of the UK, known for its surf scene, vibrant atmosphere and amazing bar-side sunsets. It’s also a fantastic spot for dog owners who want to combine beach fun with nearby amenities.

Dog Restrictions: Dogs are allowed on Fistral Beach throughout the year without any restrictions, making it a great choice for both locals and tourists.

Facilities: Numerous cafes and restaurants on the beachfront Ample parking available Surf shops and rental facilities

4. Watergate Bay, Newquay

Why Visit: Watergate Bay, another surfing hot spot, offers two miles of golden sands, perfect for a long walk or a huge playground for your dogs! This is truly one of the best beaches in Cornwall. The beach is spacious enough to never feel crowded, even during peak season.

Dog Restrictions: Watergate Bay welcomes dogs year-round with no restrictions, ensuring your furry friend can enjoy the beach at any time.

Facilities: Large car park adjacent to the beach Several dog-friendly cafes and restaurants Surf school and equipment hire

5. Praa Sands Beach, Penzance

Why Visit: Praa Sands Beach, located between Penzance and Helston, is perhaps a lesser known spot, boasting white sands and clear waters. It's a lovely spot for both families and their dogs.

Dog Restrictions: Dogs are welcome on Praa Sands Beach except between 10am and 6pm from July 1st to August 31st. During these peak summer hours, dogs are not allowed on the main beach but can still enjoy the western end of the beach.

Facilities: Ample parking available Nearby cafes and a beach shop Lifeguard service during the summer

Tips for a Perfect Dog-Friendly Beach Day

Check Tides: Ensure you check the tide times before heading to the beach to avoid getting cut off by the incoming tide.

Bring Essentials: Carry fresh water, doggy bags, and a leash. Some beaches require dogs to be on a lead in certain areas.

Shade: Consider shadey spots on a warm day, make sure there is somewhere to duck in for rest from the sun and keep their paws cool - you might even want to take a parasol, or kindly opt to leave them safely at home in cooler surroundings.

Respect Wildlife: Keep your dog under control to protect local wildlife, especially in dune areas and near nesting birds, and around farm animals.

Stay Safe: Always be aware of the beach's flag system and avoid swimming in rough conditions, even with your dogs.

Unknown Territory & Hiding Cliffs: Dogs should be kept on leads on cliff edges and unknown farmland and trails, the number of dogs who fall or run over cliff edges in the summer is sadly growing.

Plan Your Summer Holiday in Cornwall!

Cornwall is an incredible destination for a summer holiday, offering a mix of beautiful beaches, quaint villages, and dog-friendly spots. When planning your trip, consider booking accommodations early, as dog-friendly options can fill up quickly. Look for pet-friendly hotels, cottages, or campsites to ensure a comfortable stay for both you and your furry friend.

Select Cornwall is brimming with dog friendly properties. Whether you’re exploring the sandy stretches of Porthkidney Beach or the bustling shores of Fistral Beach, Cornwall has plenty to offer for a memorable holiday with your dog. So pack your bags, grab the leash, and get ready for an unforgettable Cornish adventure!