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Our Best Dog Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

Our Best Dog Friendly Beaches in Cornwall

As the days are slowly getting longer and lighter, many of us are opting for those brisk walks on the beach with our furry friends. However, finding the ideal spot for you and your pooch can sometimes be more than difficult. Well, we are here to solve all your problems and save you some time and stress, as below we have a list of the Best Dog Friendly Beaches that you and your best friend can escape to in Cornwall.

Trenow Cove, Marazion

Tucked away in the magnificent Marazion lies a small cove whose beauty is yet to be discovered by many. Located between the beach of Perranuthnoe and St Michael’s Mount, this small, idyllic cove is an ideal spot for those who fancy being somewhere a little quieter than the more well-known beaches in the area.

With a stunning view of St Michael’s Mount, this is not just a beach for dog-walking but a picturesque backdrop for any starter photographers out there. Lined with soft sand and beautiful pebbles, Trenow Cove is a must-see location for any dog walker. Best enjoyed during spring and summer, the glistening waters surrounding St Michael’s Mount can be seen sparkling from any spot around the cove. What’s even better about this beach, there are no restrictions on your furry friend. Unlike other beaches in the area, dogs are welcome all year round, so no matter what the weather or time, you and your pooch can enjoy Trenow Cove, 100% of the time.

Gwithian, Hayle

Located 5 minutes’ drive from the chaos of the A30, Gwithian beach is not just a surfer’s paradise but is one of the most beautiful beaches to take your furry friend. Golden sands line the dunes of Gwithian resulting in a picturesque, poochie paradise that is stunning all year round. With gravel lined tracks and sandy paths, Gwithian provides multitudes of terrain, so whether you are a brisk walker, a smooth stroller or your furry friend wants to chase their ball like lightening, Gwithian is the place for you.

Despite the restrictions during the summer months where dogs are banned from 7am – 7pm, Gwithian for the remaining seasons is spectacular. With car parking available and great local facilities such as a café, beach shop and toilets, Gwithian is an idyllic location to take your dog and have a lovely drink by the beach.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

As Newquay is one of the top destinations for holiday makers coming to Cornwall, it’s no wonder that Fistral Beach made our list. As a key location for surfers, with a stunning backdrop, this dog friendly beach is a perfect getaway with your four-legged friend. Overlooked by the grand dog-friendly Headland Hotel, Fistral beach is a prime location if you are down here on holiday or even in Newquay for a weekend of relaxation. A wide expanse of golden, soft sand highlights the beauty of this area and perfect for your pooch’s paws.

Being dog friendly all-year-round makes Fistral accessible to all you animal lovers 365 days a year! So whether it’s a winter walk or a summer stroll, Newquay’s beautiful beach should definitely be on your bucket list to visit this decade!

Watergate Bay, Newquay

One of Cornwall’s most famous beaches is next on our list as we introduce a gem in the Cornish coastline. Watergate Bay in Newquay is so picturesque that you would believe you are in the middle of the Caribbean. With crystal clear water and golden sands, Watergate Bay, showcases the best of what Cornwall has to offer.

Tired and hungry after a long walk with your furry friend? We have the answer. Surrounding the stunning scenery of Watergate Bay, are plenty of dog friendly cafés and restaurants to keep your thirst quenched and bellies full. The Beach Hut, located at the Watergate Bay Hotel, welcomes dogs all year round and has a menu to die for. This funky beach hangout blends local ingredients with cuisines from Mexico, Asia, Italy and more to create fantastic British seaside food in a relaxed but lively setting that will wow you and your pooch.

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Porthminster is definitely one of the best beaches in Cornwall.

This crescent of golden sand, framed by a sparkling bay, has gorgeous views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, which acted as inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’. Take a step into Britain’s Caribbean, as the swishing palm trees and translucent water gives Porthminster a definitive tropical feel.

Just a stone’s throw from the centre of St Ives, the award-winning beach at Porthminster is a favourite amongst St Ives goers. Although the dogs are prohibited between Easter and September, it is much better to enjoy this beach, as a dog owner, during the quieter months when St Ives is a little less busy. With no bustling crowds and avid water-sport enthusiasts, hitting this beach in autumn and winter promises a spectacular walk with views you can only dream of.

So if you are pondering some New Year’s Resolutions, make one visiting some of these amazing beaches and make 2020 your best walkies year yet!

It should be noted that some of these beaches do get effected by the summer beach bans in Cornwall, however as of 2020, there have been changes to the rules, and these bans are now in place for a shorter amount of time and still leave time for dog walkers to enjoy the beaches in the mornings and evenings! For more information about the dog bans, you can read our blog post ,highlighting which beaches are effected between what times and dates, by clicking here. 

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