Christmas by the Beach
If there is one privilege us Cornish folk have, it is the ability to walk along the beach on Christmas Day. With an array of coastal paths and blissful beaches on our doorstep, talking a stroll on the sand on Christmas Day is one tradition we love to keep.
So whether you have a golden oldie or playful pup by your side this Christmas, take a stroll along the beach this December 25th and take in our stunning scenery whilst spending the most wonderful time of year with those you hold dearest. Here’s our favourite spots to take your canine companion this Christmas...
Poldhu to Mullion Cove
A highlight of this walk on the Lizard and part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is Mullion Cove. A short but delightful walk to the picturesque granite-harboured fishing hamlet at Mullion Cove, continuing past the sandy beach at Polurrian Cove and on to Poldhu Cove.
Allow the crisp winter air blow across your hair and fur as you wander down the coastal path keeping a watchful eye on the blissful birds that you may encounter as you venture down this coastal path. A sandy beach, which is dog friendly throughout the year. This gorgeous and gracious coastal path offers everything you need for a glorious walk in the summer sun. With amenities close-by for a spot of food or drink, both The Old Inn and The Mullion Cove Hotel offer dog-friendly accommodation and dining and one spot that definitely needs to be on your Christmas list.
Fistral Beach, Newquay
As Newquay is one of the top destinations for holiday makers coming to Cornwall, it is 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 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 even in the wild winter.
Being dog friendly all-year round makes Fistral accessible to all you animal lovers 365 days a year! So even around Christmas, this idyllic location is a top spot for you and your four-legged friend.
Long Rock Beach, Penzance
For those of you wishing to see the magic of the Mount without the crowds then a wander on Long Rock Beach is just what you need. A few minutes away from the picturesque Penzance, exploring St Michael’s Mount is a must for any Cornwall adventurers. Gaze upon the stunning scenery of the 17th Century castle that sits upon the isle. Visited by thousands each year, St Michael’s Mount is one of West Cornwall’s most beloved tourist attractions.
Just a stone’s throw away from Penzance rail station, this coastal walk is pawfect for those wishing to stay close to the sea. With soft sand and pawfect pebbles underfoot, this alternative coastal walk is ideal to burn off those extra Christmas calories. Situated right in the centre of Penzance, this is a go-to location for those in the nearby areas of Penzance and Marazion who wish to partake in a sandy stroll on Christmas Day.
Bamaluz Beach, St Ives
Fancy getting sand in between those paws? Then, Bamaluz beach is for you. Offering a wondrous wander across one of St Ives less busy locations, if a seaside stroll is what you are after then this is the one for you.
Taking a trip with the little ones? This pawfect location is fun for all the family as Bamaluz beach is home to some fantastic rock-pooling areas meaning your pooch can join in all the family fun whilst you enjoy the gorgeous view of the Atlantic.
Often unnoticed by many of St Ives visitors, Bamaluz Beach is a cosy cove tucked away between the harbour and Porthgwidden beach. Located just beneath St Ives museum, this all-year-round dog friendly beach is a glorious spot to take your four-legged friend for a blissful stroll on a sandy shore.
Prussia Cove, Rosudgeon
Formerly called the King's Cove, Prussia Cove is on the coast of Mount's Bay to the east of Cudden Point. It is a small, quiet and intimate place and a gorgeous beauty highlighting the best of what West Cornwall has to offer. Amazingly, dogs are welcome all year round at Prussia Cove, so no need to leave your furry friend at home as you bask in the beauty and enjoy that sandy stroll on Christmas Day.
If you are more of an early morning walker and fancy enjoying watching the sun rise on Christmas Day, we recommend visiting Prussia Cove on weekdays and earlier in the day where the pirating and pioneering vibe engulfs the area as soon as you descend from the carpark. With crashing waves, coastal coves and pawfect paths, Prussia Cove is one of our favourite spots to enjoy some quality time with your four-legged friend.