Hayle to Padstow

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Hayle

Fishing Cove- Quiet little beach backed by cliffs. Although the descent via a path to the beach is not too difficult, if you have an issue with heights the drop can be off putting. Limited parking 5-10mins walk away or alternatively along the road at Hell’s Mouth which also has a café. Type of beach: Sandy

Mexico Towans Beach – A long stretch of sandy beach backed by sand dunes. Parking/facilities close to beach. Be aware of dog exclusion areas close to this beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Newquay

Bedruthan Steps Beach – At low tide the beach stretches for over a mile. Backed by cliffs be aware of tidal currents as there is potential to become cut off at high tide. Parking/Facilities at top of cliffs as well as tea room/shop. Type of beach: Sandy

Crantock Beach – Large sandy beach just outside Newquay, a quieter location to the beaches at Newquay during the Summer. Parking/Toilets by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Fistral Beach – A wide expanse of golden sand backed by a golf course. Beach is popular with surfers. At the north end of the beach is parking/facilities including a dog friendly Beach bar. Type of beach: Sandy

Great Western Beach – Close to the heart of Newquay and backed by cliffs this beach is popular with both families and surfers although at high tide there is just a small rectangle of sand. Access to beach in via a steep winding path. Parking/facilities close to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Holywell Bay – Nice large beach backed by cliffs and sand dunes. Some of the filming for Poldark took place here. Parking/facilities are in Holywell village which is about a 10-15minute walk from the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Mawgan Porth Beach – Only 4 miles from Newquay but quieter than Newquay beaches in the summer. Sheltered by high cliffs to one side. At low tide there is plenty of space for your dog(s) to run. Parking/facilities close to the beach and a dog Friendly restaurant (Catch). Type of beach: Sandy

Pentire Steps Beach – A small sandy cove, backed by cliffs. Access via a footpath is not for the faint-hearted. At low tide the beach joins up with Bedruthan Steps Beach forming a long stretch of sand. Parking/facilities are at Bedruthan Steps. Type of beach: Sandy

Porth Joke Beach – Quite secluded beach located about a 10-minute walk from the car park. Go prepared as it lacks any other facilities but worth the visit. Type of beach: Sandy

Towan Beach – Located close to the town centre of Newquay this beach makes a lovely location for families. Can get busy but is close to parking/facilities and there is a café that welcomes dogs all year round. Type of beach: Sandy

Watergate Bay – At low tide the beach becomes a vast expanse of golden sands backed by high cliffs. Parking/facilities by beach with access to beach via a sloping path and a few steps. Type of beach: Sandy

Whipsiderry Beach – A quiet, sheltered location, it is surrounded by cliffs with rock pool and caves to explore. The closest parking/facilities are at Porth which is about a 15minute walk away from the beach. access to the beach is down a very steep flight of steps. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Padstow

Constantine Bay – Large expanse of sandy beach. parking limited close to beach, but alternative parking only 5/10 mins walk to beach. facilities including beach café close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Fox Cove – A small secluded beach that almost disappears at high tide. Decent via a path to the beach is not for the faint-hearted. Closest parking/facilities is at Porthcothan and then take the SW coast Path to the Cove. Type of beach: Sandy

St Georges Cove – Nice size beach backed by sand Dunes. Closest parking is at Hawkers Cove or Padstow and then walk along the SW Coastal path. Type of beach: Sandy

Harlyn Bay – Popular with families and surfers this wide crescent of yellow sand provides plenty of space and generally safe for swimming during summer months. Parking close to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Hawkers Cove – At low tide the beach forms an expanse of sand stretching almost 1.5 miles and joins up with Harbour Cove. Not a busy beach largely due to the limited close parking and access to get to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Mother Iveys Bay – A quiet beach even though it is backed by a holiday park, parking is a mile away at Harlyn Bay or Trevose Head. Type of beach: Sandy

Newtrain Bay – Also known as Rocky Beach and yes, it is rocky but does have a small area of shingle/sand. Parking/facilities at Trevone Bay and then a 10minute walk along the SW Costal path. Type of beach: Rock/Shingle

Porthcothan Bay – At low tide this sandy beach connects up with small coves to the north and south but at high tide the beach shrinks dramatically but still leaves a sheltered beach due to the surrounding cliffs. Parking/facilities close to the beach. Type of beach: Sand

Rock Beach – Backed by sand dunes this beach has a long stretch of golden sand that follows the estuary towards the coast. Popular area for yachting and water crafts, parking(limited)/toilets close to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Treyarnon Bay – A sandy beach backed with sand dunes and surrounded by low cliffs, a popular location for families. Car park close to beach backed by a holiday park. Toilets and Beach shop by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Redruth 

Bassetts Cove – Small sandy Beach situated at the bottom of sheer cliffs. Take care descending to beach as this is done via a slippery cliff path. Parking at top of cliffs, no facilities. Type of beach: Sandy

Greenbank Cove – A wide stretch of sand backed by cliffs, this is not easy to reach which is by an unmade narrow path which winds torturously down to the beach. Swimming is not advisable due to strong currents. At high tide not much of the beach remains. Limited parking above the cliffs. Type of beach: Sand/Rock

 

St Agnes

Trevaunance Cove – A small sandy cove, at low tide you have the opportunity to walk to the adjacent beach of Trevallas Port but keep an eye on the tide coming in. Parking limited close to beach, but further small car parks close by. Toilets/facilities and a dog friendly Pub close to beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Trevellas Porth Beach – This small pebble beach has a large area of rocks but at low tide some sand is revealed. Not suitable for swimming as there are strong undercurrents. Car park close to beach no facilities, path from car park to beach involves climbing over rocks. Type of beach: Rock/pebble/sand

 

Restricted access for dogs:

 

Hayle

Black Cliff Beach – Long beach with a holiday park nearby. Parking/Facilities close to beach. Restricted access for dogs to some areas between 1st May and 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Godrevy Beach – The northern-most tip of Hayles and the most exposed, at low tide Godrevy connects with Gwithian Beach and creates an impressive stretch of beach. Godrevy is National Trus Property and has a car park/facilities and dog friendly Café close to the beach. Restricted access for dogs on the beach between 1st May – 30th September 7am-7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Gwithian Beach – Connects with Godrevy Beach at low tide and creates an impressive stretch of beach. close to parking/shop. Restricted access for dogs on the beach between 1st May – 30th September 7am-7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Hayle Towans Beach – At low tide this beach joins up with all the Hayle beaches to provide an impressive stretch of sand popular with sand yachts and kite buggies. Parking 5/10-minute walk to the beach, dog friendly café by beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Newquay

Penhale Sands Beach – Part of a special area of conservation. At low tide this beach joins up with Perranporth Beach and makes for an incredible 3 mile stretch of golden sands. backed by sand dunes and also holiday parks, popular with surfers. Dogs need to be kept on lead during July and August. Type of beach: Sandy

Perranporth Beach – At low tide this beach joins up with Penhale Sands beach forming a 3 mile stretch of golden sands. backed by sand dunes and also holiday parks, popular with surfers. Dogs need to be kept on lead during July and August. Type of beach: Sandy

Lusty Glaze Beach – Surrounded by cliffs this beach is accessed via 368 steps leading down from the clifftop car park. A Dog friendly restaurant is located on the beach. At low tide the beach joins up with neighbouring Tolcarne beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Porth Beach – a long narrow beach which is popular with families. Parking/toilets close to beach as well as cafes. Restricted access for dogs on the beach between 1st May – 30th September 9am-7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Tolcarne Beach – located in the centre of Newquay this beach is backed by high cliffs, at low tide this beach joins up with Lust Glaze Beach. access to beach is by descending via two hundred steps. There is limited parking close to the beach but has toilets. Café close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Padstow

St George’s Cove – Nice size beach backed by sand Dunes. Closest parking is at Hawkers Cove or Padstow and then walk along the SW Coastal path. – Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter – 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

Trevone Bay – A secluded, sheltered beach which is popular with families and surfers. Be aware of a strong rip current on the right side of the beach at times. Backing onto the village of Trevone there is no shortage of amenities close to the beach including parking.  Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter – 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

 

Redruth

Porthtowan Beach – Another beach that grows a lot in size when the tide is out. Porthtowen beach joins up with Chapel Porth beach to form a 1.5miles stretch of beach. Parking/toilets by beach as well as a dog friendly café. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter – 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

Portreath Beach – A popular beach for families and surfers. This beach is backed by the village of Portreach which offers you facilities and parking (limited) close to the beach.  Restricted access for dogs (including Harbour) between Easter – 30th September 7am-7pm. type of beach: Sandy

 

St Agnes

Chapel Porth Beach – Set in a mining valley between high cliffs this beach is best visited at low tide, with caves and rock pools to explore there is parking/facilities behind the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter – 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

 

Dogs not allowed all year:

Hayle Estuary.

 


 

Truro to St Austell

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Mevagissey

Caerhays Beach – Decent size beach which backs onto the grounds of Caerhays Castle. parking/toilets and dog friendly café close to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Gorran Haven Beach – Wide beach and small harbour with access down a short slipway. Parking about 5/10 minutes’ walk away from the beach, facilities and dog friendly café (Coast Path Café) close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Great Perhaver Beach – a small beach that all but disappears at high tide is just around the corner from the popular Gorran Haven. Access to the beach is via boat or a very steep and muddy footpath. Parking/facilities at Gorran Haven and then follow the SW Coast Path. Type of beach Sand/rock

Mevagissey Beach – Even though this small beach is close to Mevagissey Harbour it remains secluded as there are no parking/facilities close by. Parking is in Mevagissey, walk along the SW Coast Path and then down an iron staircase to reach the beach. Type of beach: Sandy/shingle

Vault Beach – A quite location with a nice stretch of beach, the far end of the beach is unofficially recognised as a nudist beach. Parking is about a 20 min walk from the beach, no other facilities. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Porthluney Cove – Nice size beach with parking/toilets and dog friendly Café just by the beach. Caerhays Castle is just behind the beach and allows dogs on lead in their gardens (open 18th February-16th June 2019). Type of beach: Sandy

Portholland Beach – At low tide East and West Portholland beaches join up to create a wide stretch of sand. parking/toilets and Cafe at East Portholland. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Austell

Hemmick Beach – A small quite beach, there are no facilities or parking close by. Parking is in the National Trust car park which is about a 20 min walk down a steep narrow road to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy/pebble

Par Sands Beach – Even though it is located next to a factory this nice stretch if sand is popular with dog walkers. Parking next to the beach (take change to pay) and toilets nearby. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Mawes

Great Molunan & Little Molunan Beach – a quiet and peaceful location were both beaches join up at low tide. Parking/toilets at The National Trust car park St Anthony which is a 5/10 min walk through spectacular scenery to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthbeor Beach – A stretch of sand about 500 metres long. Quiet with limited parking above the beach with further parking just a 5 min walk away. Facilities and Café close by (dogs allowed in covered area by Café). Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcurnick Beach – A small isolated beach backed by high cliffs. Parking close by with dog friendly café. Lack of dog bins by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Truro

Carne Beach – Nice size stretch of sand with limited parking next to the beach but a National Trust car park with toilets nearby. no other facilities. Type of beach: Sandy

Pendower Beach – Popular with families in the summer this beach joins up with neighbouring Carne Beach at low tide. Parking/toilets behind the dunes about 100 metres from the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcurnick Beach – A small isolated beach backed by high cliffs. Parking close by with dog friendly café. Lack of dog bins by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Restricted access for dogs:

Mevagissey

Portmellon Beach – A small sandy cove with slipway. Dog friendly pub (The Rising Sun) next to cove. Parking/toilets a 10 min walk away in Mevagissey. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st July to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Pentewan Beach – Half-mile expanse of sand backed by a large caravan park. Beach can be busy in the summer. Parking close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st March to 1st November and then only on week days 8am – 4pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Austell

Carlyon Bay – The beach has a stretch of almost 2 miles of coarse sand. Currently a lot of development work is taking place close to the beach. Car park close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Sunday to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthpean Beach – a long stretch of sand popular families in the summer but quieter out of season. Parking/facilities 5 mins from beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Polkerris Beach – a popular location for families and water sports. Parking/facilities next to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Dogs not allowed all year:

St Austell

Charlestown Beach

Duporth Beach.

 


 

Helston to Falmouth

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Falmouth 

Bosahan Cove – A secluded little beach backed by ancient woodlands. No parking/facilities close to the beach. Options are to walk down from Bosahan Estate (the closest option) when it is open to the public (dogs allowed) or park at St Anthony or Helford Village and walk the S W Coastal Path to the beach, both car parks are about a mile from the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Durgan Beach – Set at the foot of the valley close to the sub -tropical gardens of Glendurgan (dogs not allowed) but also nearby is Trebah Garden which has a café with dog friendly areas. Parking only (Bosveal Carpark) is about a half a mile walk down the narrow country road to the cove. at high tide the beach disappears. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Gunwalloe Beach – Nice stretch of beach with limited parking and no facilities near beach but a dog friendly pub just 10/15 mins walk away. Type of beach: Shingle

Grebe Beach – Backed by woodland and located next to Durgan Beach, Parking only (Bosveal Carpark) is about a half a mile walk down the narrow country road and then down a fairly steep path to the cove. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Helford Passage Beach – Small sandy beach that disappears at high tide. Just behind the beach is the Ferry Boat Inn which is dog friendly. In the summer months you can even take a ferry (dogs allowed aboard) from here to Helford village. Parking is about 5/10-minute walk to the beach down a steep path. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Men aver Beach – This quiet beach is backed by Lestowder Cliff and is part of a group of small coves and beaches around Nare Point including the adjoining Parbean Cove. No facilities or carpark nearby and it will involve a fair walk along the coast path from Gillan or Flushing Cove to reach it. Type of beach: Sand/shingle and rock

Ponsence Cove – Secluded little cove backed by the ancient woodlands of the Bosahan estate. No parking/facilities close to the beach. Options are to walk down from Bosahan Estate (the closest option) when it is open to the public (dogs allowed) or park at St Anthony or Helford Village and walk the S W Coastal Path to the beach, both car parks are about a mile from the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthallow Beach –This small pebble beach directly in front of the village of Porthallow. Once was a busy fishing village but now has only a few working boats left. Parking and a dog friendly Pub are located next to the beach. Type of beach: Pebble

 

Helston

Loe Bar Beach – Quiet beach of outstanding beauty. Warning! No bathing, extremely dangerous waters. Parking (no other facilities) is about a 20-minute walk away in a small carpark on the outskirts of Porthleven. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcew (Rinsey Cove) – While access to the beach is down a steep winding footpath, the spectacular views that await you are well worth the effort. Located near to the car park and the ruins of a former tin mine engine house. No other facilities close to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Lizard

Caerthillian Cove – A tiny cove which at high tide only leaves a small area of shingle and rock visible. At low tide an area of sandy beach is revealed. Parking/facilities is in Lizard Village or Kynance Cove and then pick up the S W Coastal Path and walk round to the cove, both car parks are about a mile away from the Cove. Type of beach: Rock/shingle/sand

Carleon Cove – A small rocky cove approached down a long incline with cobbles along part of its length. Now deserted, Carleon Cove used to operate a pilchard fishery and then processed serpentine. The remains of the buildings from these times are visible by the cove. Parking is at the National Trust Car park in Poltesco and then a ¼ mile walk down to the cove.

Coverack Cove – A sandy beach backed by rocks and the village of Coverack which has parking/facilities close to the beach. Dogs are allowed in the bar area at the Paris Hotel which overlooks the sea. Type of beach: rock/sand

Dollar Cove – At high tide this cove consists mainly of rocks but at low tide a sandy beach is revealed. Parking/toilets a 5-minute walk from the cove. Type of beach: Rock/sand

Godrevy Cove – A rarely visited Cove due to its remote location, stretching for around 300 metres this beach nestles between two disused quarries. Parking (no facilities) approximately a mile away at St Keverne and then follow the S W Coastal Path to the Cove. Type of beach: sand/shingle

Kennack Sands East Beach – Located beyond Kennack Sands Beach which has dog restrictions in place between Easter and 30th September and is reach from the carpark by taking the SW Coast Path. type of beach: Sandy

Lankidden Cove: This hidden cove is best reached by parking at Kennack Sands and walking the mile or so along the SW Coastal Path to the cove. Type of beach: Sandy

Pentreath Beach – Usually a quiet location as there is no parking close by. Pebble beach below cliffs, although there is some sand at low tide. Closest parking/toilets is at Kynance Cove and then walk the SW Coastal path, access to the beach is down a steep man-made path. Type of beach Sand/Pebbles

Polpeor Cove – also referred to as Lizard Point, as it marks the most southerly point on the mainland Britain. A small beach with the remains of the old RNLI lifeboat station by it. Swimming is not safe due to the notorious currents around the Lizard point. There is no beach at high tide. Parking/toilets close by and also two dog friendly Cafés. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthoustock Beach – A pebble beach which has some sand revealed at low tide. Parking is on the Beach but be aware this beach is used by fishing boats so park responsibly. Type of beach Pebbles/sand

 

Restricted access for dogs:

Falmouth

Castle Beach – Mainly shingle beach which has lots of rock pools revealed at low tide. Access to the beach is down a sloping flat path with a few steps as you reach the beach. On road parking just above the beach with facilities in nearby Falmouth. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September. Type of beach: shingle

Gunwalloe, Church Cove – a small beach that has the tiny church of St Wynwallow, with a detached tower set into the solid rock of the headland and is located to the north side of the beach (worth a visit). Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Gyllyngvase Beach – This beach is the largest beach in Falmouth which makes it popular with families. Parking and facilities close to the beach including the Gylly Beach Café, dogs not allowed inside but are allowed on the terrace. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Maenporth Beach – A sandy Cove popular with families and water sports activities. Parking and facilities close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Swanpool Beach – A popular beach just outside Falmouth with parking/facilities and a dog friendly Café close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy/shingle

 

Helston

Porthleven Beach – A sandy beach beyond the harbour wall that stretches all the way to Loe Bar at lower tides. Facilities are close to the harbour area as well as limited road side parking. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 9am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Lizard

Cadgwith Cove – A small cove with the fishing village of Cadgwith behind it. There is still a small fleet of crabbing boats that operate from here. very limited parking close to the beach but a 75-space car park is only 10/15-minute walk from the beach. facilities close to beach including a dog friendly Inn (Cadgwith Cove Inn). Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Kynance Cove – One of the prettiest coves in Cornwall located less then 2 miles from The Lizard. Owned by the National Trust, parking and dog friendly Café ae just a 5-minute walk from the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Housel Bay – Small cove at the bottom of cliffs which is not easily accessed and not recommended to be attempted by young families or the less able bodied. Parking and facilities are at the Lizard which is about a little over half a mile away. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Kennack Sands Beach – Popular family beach with parking and facilities close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on this part of the beach (allowed all year round on Kennack Sands East) between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Poldhu Cove – A popular family beach with facilities, parking and a dog friendly Café close to the beach. Easy level access on to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Polurrian Cove – A popular beach but does not have any parking or facilities with parking in the near by village. access to the beach is a little steep. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day to 30th September 7am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 


 

South East Cornwall

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Fowey

Lantic Bay – Located on the quiet stretch of coast, there are technically two beaches (Great and Little Lantic) which at low tide join up and allows you to walk between them but beware of the returning tide. Care should also be taken as there can be strong rip currents. National Trust Car park, no facilities about a 20min walk from the Bay, access to the beach is down a very steep path. Type of beach:Sand/shingle

Lansallos Cove – A small quiet location owned by the National Trust. Dogs are allowed but must be kept under close control as farm livestock may be present. Parking/toilets are about a 20mins walk from the beach in the National Trust car park.

Polridmouth Cove – Access to this small cove is via a wooded track from a car park by a farm about 20 mins walk away. A quiet location due to its remote location and lack of facilities. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

 

Toon Looe

Plaidy Beach – A small beach located close to Millendreath Beach which has dog restrictions in place. The beach is backed by a residential area so tends to be a quieter location. No parking or facilities here so best park at Millendreath and walk the 20 mins to the beach, path can be steep in places. Type of beach: Sand/rock

Polperro Beach – Located by a picturesque fishing village this tiny beach is only accessible at low tide. A busy tourist spot in the summer. Parking/facilities are close by. Type of beach

Seaton Beach – A spacious beach popular with families. All facilities are close to the beach including a dog friendly café. Also close to the beach is the Seaton Valley Countryside Park which makes for some spectacular walks. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Talland Bay – A small bay with limited parking/toilets behind the beach and a dog friendly café. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Saltash

Downderry Beach – A sheltered beach made up of grey sand and shingle, at low tide Downderry joins up with neighbouring Seaton Beach to create a mile-long narrow stretch of sand. On road parking only is very limited or park at Seaton and walk down. Facilities in Downderry village. Type of beach: Sand/shingle.

Kingsand Beach – A small beach with parking/facilities close by in the village and a dog friendly pub (Halfway House Inn.) Type of beach: Sand/shingle/rock

Whitsand Bay – At low tide the beach stretches for about 3 miles, can get busy in the summer. There are two separate car parks along this long stretch of beach and some on road parking, access to the beach is down a steep path. Dog friendly café (Cliff Top) has limited on road parking close by. Check Tregantle firing range times before visiting as access to the beach is restricted at these times. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Dogs not allowed all year:

Fowey

Polruan Beaches

Toon Looe

East Looe.

 


 

Truro to Par

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Mevagissey

Caerhays Beach – Decent size beach which backs onto the grounds of Caerhays Castle. parking/toilets and dog friendly café close to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Gorran Haven Beach – Wide beach and small harbour with access down a short slipway. Parking about 5/10 minutes’ walk away from the beach, facilities and dog friendly café (Coast Path Café) close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Great Perhaver Beach – a small beach that all but disappears at high tide is just around the corner from the popular Gorran Haven. Access to the beach is via boat or a very steep and muddy footpath. Parking/facilities at Gorran Haven and then follow the SW Coast Path. Type of beach Sand/rock

Mevagissey Beach – Even though this small beach is close to Mevagissey Harbour it remains secluded as there are no parking/facilities close by. Parking is in Mevagissey, walk along the SW Coast Path and then down an iron staircase to reach the beach. Type of beach: Sandy/shingle

Vault Beach – A quiet location with a nice stretch of beach, the far end of the beach is unofficially recognised as a nudist beach. Parking is about a 20 min walk from the beach, no other facilities. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Porthluney Cove – Nice size beach with parking/toilets and dog friendly café just by the beach. Caerhays Castle is just behind the beach and allows dogs on lead in their gardens (open 18th February-16th June 2019). Type of beach: Sandy

Portholland Beach – At low tide East and West Portholland beaches join up to create a wide stretch of sand. Parking/toilets and cafe at East Portholland. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Austell

Hemmick Beach – A small quiet beach, there are no facilities or parking close by. Parking is in the National Trust car park which is about a 20 min walk down a steep narrow road to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy/pebble

Par Sands Beach – Even though it is located next to a factory this nice stretch if sand is popular with dog walkers. Parking next to the beach (take change to pay) and toilets nearby. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Mawes

Great Molunan & Little Molunan Beach – a quiet and peaceful location were both beaches join up at low tide. Parking/toilets at The National Trust car park St Anthony which is a 5/10 min walk through spectacular scenery to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthbeor Beach – A stretch of sand about 500 metres long. Quiet with limited parking above the beach with further parking just a 5 min walk away. Facilities and café close by (dogs allowed in covered area by Café). Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcurnick Beach – A small isolated beach backed by high cliffs. Parking close by with dog friendly café. Lack of dog bins by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Truro

Carne Beach – Nice size stretch of sand with limited parking next to the beach but a National Trust car park with toilets nearby. no other facilities. Type of beach: Sandy

Pendower Beach – Popular with families in the summer this beach joins up with neighbouring Carne Beach at low tide. Parking/toilets behind the dunes about 100 metres from the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcurnick Beach – A small isolated beach backed by high cliffs. Parking close by with dog friendly café. Lack of dog bins by beach. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Restricted access for dogs:

 

Mevagissey

Portmellon Beach – A small sandy cove with slipway. Dog friendly pub (The Rising Sun) next to cove. Parking/toilets a 10 min walk away in Mevagissey. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st July to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Pentewan Beach – Half-mile expanse of sand backed by a large caravan park. Beach can be busy in the summer. Parking close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st March to 1st November and then only on week days 8am – 4pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Austell

Carlyon Bay – The beach has a stretch of almost 2 miles of coarse sand. Currently (2018) a lot of development work is taking place close to the beach. Car park close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Sunday to 30th September.

Porthpean Beach – a long stretch of sand popular families in the summer but quieter out of season. Parking/facilities 5mins from beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter to 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

Polkerris Beach – a popular location for families and water sports. Parking/facilities next to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter to 30th September. type of beach: Sandy

 

Dogs not allowed all year:

 

St Austell

Charlestown Beach

Duporth Beach.

 


 

Wadebridge to Bude

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Bude

Black Rock Beach – located South side of Widemouth Bay which does have dog restrictions, a nice size beach which is popular with families. Parking/toilets next to the beach. Dog friendly café by car park. Type of beach: Sandy

Duck pool Beach – Set between high cliffs this beach is mainly made up of pebbles but as the tide recedes sand and rocks are revealed. A quite secluded location the car park/toilets is close by, but you have to negotiate a rocky path to reach the beach. Type of beach: pebbles/sand

Marshland Mouth Beach – This beach is the boundary between Devon and Cornwall with the river, Marshland Water, marking the boundary. Largely made up of rock platforms and stone but with sandy areas at low tide. No near parking or facilities. You can park at nearby Welcome Mouth and follow the coast path to Marshland Mouth beach. Type of beach Rock/sand

Millook Haven Beach – A quiet, pebbly beach popular with surfers. A small car park is about half a mile from the beach but there are limited roadside parking spaces nearer the beach. There are no facilities near the beach. Type of beach: Rocks/pebbles

Northcott Mouth Beach – At high tide the beach is confined to a rocky cove but at low tide, a long, sandy beach is exposed linking up with nearby beaches. Parking close to beach. tea room nearby. Type of beach: Sand/stones

Sandy Mouth Bay Beach – This beautiful beach is best visited at low tide when a large beach is revealed. Parking/toilets near to beach and a café (closed Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter) the walk to the beach is down a moderately steep stony track. Type of beach: Sand/Pebble

Stanbury Mouth – A large pebbly beach which at low tide reveals sandy stretches of beach. due to no facilities and difficult access this beach is normally quiet and deserted. Parking is about half a mile away with access to beach via a steep climb down which is not suitable for many. Type of beach: Pebble/sand

The Strangles Beach – At low tide a long stretch of sand is revealed, not a busy beach partly due to the relatively long climb down to the beach. parking limited a side of road with a 10/15min walk to the beach. no facilities. Type of beach: sand/shingle

 

Port Isaac

Lundy Bay – A small sheltered rocky cove. At low tide, a beautiful sandy beach is revealed. Parking about a 10/15min walk from beach through an open field into a wooded valley, no other facilities. Type of beach rock/sand

Port Gavene Beach – A small sheltered beach that at low tide reveals rock pools and caves. Parking is at nearby Port Isaac which is about 10/15min walk away. Type of beach: Sand/pebbles

Port Isaac Beach – Known in the TV series, Doc Martin as “Port Wenn.” Port Isaac beach is also a working harbour so there is always something going on. Beach is backed by village which has parking/facilities. Close to the beach is The Krab Pot which welcomes well behaved dogs. Type of beach: Sand/shingle

Tregardock Beach – A quiet location due to it being difficult to get to. Sandy beach except at high tide. No car park or facilities, just spaces for a few cars long the lane by the footpath that will take you to the beach (15/20min walk). access to the beach is down a steep path and over rocks that can be slippery. Type of beach: rock/sand

 

Tintagel

Bossiney Cove – A beautiful and spectacular little cove, at low tide there are caves to explore and even a fresh water waterfall at the back of the beach. No parking or facilities close to the beach and access to and from the beach is via a steep path down from the cliffs that surround the cove. Type of beach: Sandy

Trebarwith Strand Beach – A popular beach that is easy to access. Long stretch of sand backed by flat rocks. Be aware of tide times as a number of people need rescuing each year after becoming cut off by the tide. Parking in village with a smaller car park nearer to beach with toilets, beach shops and café. Type of beach: sand/rock

 

Wadebridge

Daymer Bay Beach – At low tide the beach forms a long stretch of golden sand backed by sand dunes. parking/toilets and café by the beach. access to the beach is down a short flight of steps. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Restricted access for dogs:

 

Bude

Crackington Haven Beach – Resting between imposing cliffs this beach is backed by the village of Crackington Haven. A popular location with plenty of sand at low tide. Parking/facilities close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day – 30th September. Type of beach: rock/sand

Crooklets Beach – A small beach that joins up with Summerleaze and Northcott Mouth beaches at low tide. A popular family location with plenty of facilities including a dog friendly café. Car park by beach with easy access to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Summerleaze Beach – A Popular beach that is close to Bude town centre. With its extensive sands even at high tide there is plenty of beach. Parking/facilities close to beach. Dogs allowed all year but must be kept on lead between 21st May to 30th September 10am – 6pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Widemouth Beach – A wide expanse of sand stretching nearly 2 miles. An exposed location that can get breezy. Parking/toilets and cafe close to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Port Isaac

Port Quin Beach – An unspoilt cove that can only be accessed at low tide. There is no near parking or facilities so has become more popular with experienced walkers. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day – 30th September. Type of beach: Rock

 

Drawbridge

Polzeath Beach – Best visited at low tide when the beach stretches for around half a mile in all directions but at high tide you only have a small patch of sand to walk on. Backed by the village of Polzeath facilities are close to hand and you can even park on the beach. Dog friendly bar and grill (Waterfront) close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter Day – 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

 


 

West Cornwall

 

Dogs welcome all year:

 

Penzance

Battery Rocks Beach – A quiet beach that only exists on lower tides. Situated in Penzance town and located close to the Jubilee outdoor Swimming Pool. Parking/facilities close by in Penzance. Type of beach: sand/shingle

Cot Valley Beach – A small quiet isolated beach made up of sand/pebbles. Small car park close to beach but no other facilities. Type of beach: sand/pebbles

Eastern Green Beach – Situated in Penzance this beach is reached by crossing the railway line via a bridge. The beach has a gently sloping bottom which allows you to walk out to sea for about half a mile before getting out of your depth. Parking/facilities in Penzance. Type of beach: Sandy

Gwenver Beach – Situated at the base of a grassy cliff this beach is quiet, secluded and is reached via a steep path down and negotiating a few rocks before reaching the beach. Parking about a 10-minute walk away. No other facilities close by. Type of beach: Sandy

Longrock Beach – A lovely long beach for your dog (s) to run on. Parking close to beach but no other facilities close by, these can be found away from the beach in Longrock village. Type of beach: shingle/sand

Newlyn Beach – A small quiet beach on the edge of Newlyn. Parking in Newlyn, some parking by road side above beach. Type of beach: Pebbles

Newlyn Tolcarne Beach – Located next to Newlyn beach this is another small stony beach. parking/facilities in Newlyn. Type of beach: Pebbles

Pisky Cove – A tiny isolated cove which at high tide does not have a beach. Access can be Parking at nearby Prussia Cove and then walk round to Pisky Cove. No other facilities. Type of beach: Sandy

Portheras Cove – A wild, remote beach that due to its location is never busy. Access to the beach is via a steep incline that can be challenging. Parking at either close to Pendeen Watch Lighthouse or at Chypraze Farm Car Park (no other facilities). Type of beach: Sandy

Porthmeor Cove – Secluded cove, composed of mainly rocks and boulders but towards lower tides a sandy area is revealed. No car park close and only limited parking on road site, no facilities. Type of beach: Rock/sand

Priests Cove – A tiny fishing cove dominated by the bulking cliffs of The Cape. Parking/toilets near to beach in the National Trust car park. Type of beach: Rock/pebbles

Prussia Cove – Small and secluded rocky cove. There is no beach at high tide. Parking (no other facilities) a five-minute walk from beach. There is a steep decent to the beach. Type of beach: Rock/sand

Wherrytown Beach – Large beach made up of pebbles. Parking close to beach with facilities close by in Wherrytown or Penzance. Type of beach: Pebbles

 

Porthcurno

Nanjizel Beach – a quiet little beach mainly visited by walkers doing the coast path. access to the beach is down wooden steps from the cliff above. No parking/facilities, closest parking being Lands’ End or Pothgwarra and walk the S W Coast path round to the beach. Type of beach: Sand/Rock

Pedn Vounder Beach – Hidden below the cliff of Treryn Dinas this beautiful white sand beach has recently been used in the TV adaptation of Poldark. Access to the beach is down a steep path that has a certain amount of rocks you will need to negotiate and is not suitable to all. Parking at Teen car park and then about a 15-minute walk to the beach. Type of beach: Sandy

Penberth Cove – A tiny fishing hamlet that stills has boats landing catches so make sure your dog (s) are kept close to hand. Limited parking but does have public toilets. Another location used for the filming of the TV adaptation of Poldark. Type of beach: Rock.

 

St Ives

Bamaluz Beach – The remains of Wheal Dream tin mine overlook this quiet, sandy beach. At high tide the beach is greatly reduced in size and can almost disappear on a spring tide. Located in the centre of St Ives just below the St Ives Museum one of the few beaches in St Ives that allow dogs all year round. Parking/facilities close to beach. Type of beach: sand/rock

Clodgy Point Beach – a beach made up of rocks and boulders. Parking/facilities are at St Ives which is about a half an hour plus trek along the S W Coast Path to the beach. Access to the beach can be challenging and is not recommended for all but the most agile. Type of beach: rock/boulders

Gurnards Head Beach – A sandy beach over looked by the crumbling Medieval chapel called Chapel Jane. No car park close to beach, some parking on side of road but a dog friendly pub with car park for customers located close to your walk to beach along the footpath. Type of beach: Sandy

Lambeth Walk Beach – At high tide there is no beach to speak of but at low tide it links up with neighbouring Harbour Beach and on a really low tide you can walk round to Porthminster beach but be aware that although Lambeth Walk Beach is dog friendly all year Harbour and Porthminster beaches do have restrictions in place for dogs during the summer. Parking/facilities in St Ives which is just behind the beach. Type of beach: sand/rock

Porthkidney Beach – This beach is about a mile long, plenty of space for you dog (s) to run and run! The tide goes out a long way leaving a vast expanse of usually almost deserted sand. limited parking near beach (no other facilities). Type of beach: Sandy

 

Restricted access for dogs:

 

Helston

Praa Sands Beach – A large beach popular with families. Parking/facilities close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Easter day to 30th September 7am – 7pm.

 

Penzance

Marazion Beach – Popular beach with families this nice size beach has a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount. Plenty of parking and facilities close to the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Mousehole Beach – This tiny beach is located in a pretty fishing village. Limited parking close to beach. facilities behind the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Penzance Promenade Beach – This beach stretched for around a mile, made up mostly of shingle with a few patches of sand. Parking/facilities behind beach in Penzance.  Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Shingle/sand

Perranuthnoe Beach – At high tide there is no beach but at low tide it reveals a nice size sandy beach which is popular with families. Parking only 5 mins from beach and there is also a dog friendly café (The Cabin). Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Sennen Beach – Nice size beach with almost a mile of fine white sand and is located next to parking/facilities. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 

Porthcurno

Porthchapel Beach – A small size beach with parking only 5/10 minutes’ walk away from beach, be careful the last 5-10 metres to the beach can be a bit of a scramble. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthcurno Beach – Popular family beach, parking /facilities close to beach. toilet in car park that charges so make sure you have a 20p coin with you. On the top of the cliffs next to the beach is The Minack Theatre which is open to the public and welcomes dogs during visiting hours but not at performances. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthgwarra Beach – Secluded tiny beach which at low tide reveals rock pools and caves but at high tide the beach disappears. Parking and café close to beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy

 

St Ives

Carbis Bay – Located less than a mile from St Ives this wide sandy beach has good facilities which makes it popular with families. Limited parking by beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sunday before Easter to 30th September 8am – 5am. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthgwidden Beach – a small beach with parking/facilities close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sunday before Easter to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthmeor Beach – A long stretch of golden sand this beach is popular with families. Parking/facilities close by. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sunday before Easter to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

Porthminster Beach – This large beach is located next to St Ives train station which has a large car park and is only a 5-minute walk from the town centre. Popular with families it has a café on the beach, but dogs are not allowed inside. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sunday before Easter to 30th September. Type of beach: Sandy

St Ives Harbour Beach – This is a small sandy beach and is still a working harbour. Limited parking close to beach but further parking only a 5 minute walk from the beach in St Ives. All amenities just behind the beach. Dogs not allowed on the beach between Sunday before Easter to 30th September 8am – 7pm. Type of beach: Sandy.

 

 

 

 

 

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