The Dog Bans Are Back!
Cornwall’s beautiful beaches are a heaven for dog walkers, with miles and miles of golden sand to enjoy with your four-legged friends, and after many, many weeks of having to stay inside, being allowed to finally travel out to your favourite beaches has never felt more rewarding!
Despite this taste of freedom we've all experienced in the last week, Cornwall's notorious Dog Bans are back in place for the summer season on some of our favourite beaches!
This year, Cornish Council have made changes to the beach bans, following from the largest ever response to a consultation run by Cornwall Council towards the end of last year, with over 13,000 people voicing their opinions about the dog bans.
Prior to these new changes, the dog bans varied from beach to beach, with some beaches allowing dogs outside of certain times or dates, some beaches allowing dogs in specific areas, and some beaches having outright bans meaning dogs couldn't be on the beach at all. This resulted in lots of confusion over what beaches were actually dog friendly, which isn't helpful when you can receive a fine for walking your dog on a beach during the ban!
The new changes have simplified these rules, splitting the beaches into three clear categories surrounding the dog bans. First off, plenty beaches don't have any bans, and can be enjoyed all year round! The second and most widely used ban comes into effect from July 1st to August 31st between 10am and 6pm. For the full list of dog bans, see the link at the bottom of this blog post!
The second dog ban effects all of Cornwall's 'Blue Flag' beaches.
Blue Flag Beach Bans
Blue flag is an organisation that operates globally to highlight the best coastal locations. ‘Blue flag’ titles are awarded to beaches that meet the standards of environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria the organisation look for. Cornwall is home to 8 beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag.
Due to the standards of these beaches needing to be maintained to keep their Blue flag status, the dog bans will be in place at these beaches for a longer duration of time, that being from May 15th until 30th September. You can however still enjoy these beaches with your four-legged friend outside of the 10am-6pm time restriction.
Dogs are now banned from the following Blue Flag beaches between 10am and 6pm from May 15th to September 30th.
- Polzeath Beach, Polzeath
- Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
- Porthminster Beach, St Ives
- Carbis Bay, St Ives
- Gyllygnvase Beach, Falmouth
- Widemouth Bay, Bude
- Trevone Bay, Padstow
- Porthtowan beach, Porthtowan
In addition to these locations, the following beaches are also operating under the same dog ban dates and times, due to being awarded the 'Seaside Award', for similar reasons as the Blue Flag beaches!
- Crackington Haven, Bude
- Crooklets Beach, Bude
- Porth Beach, Porth
- Sennen Beach, Sennen
So while we have been given the go ahead to get out and (safely & responsibly) exercise on Cornwalls' stunning beaches, make sure you are aware when and where the dog bans are being monitored!
For the official list released by the Cornwall County Council, please Click Here