The best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

The best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Holidays just aren’t the same without the dog. That’s why Beach Retreats specialises in dog-friendly holiday properties. And you’re spolit for choice when it comes to beaches to visit, with more than 150 different dog-friendly spots to explore, dig, run and play on.

Dog Friendly beaches - photo by Adam Gibbard Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall

We’ve compiled a list of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, including the closest ones to our Beach Retreats properties.

Whitsand Bay

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Whitsand Bay

Whitsand Bay

With four miles of varying coastline Whitsand offers lots of beach options of dogs and owners alike. The beach, which is south west facing, stretches the whole 4 miles at low tide, while at high there’s four different beaches to choose from. It’s dog friendly all year round.

Watergate Bay

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Watergate Bay, Tregurrian or Trevarrian

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is dog friendly year round and actively encourages you to bring your dogs onto the sand to play. With over two miles of sandy beach with rock pools and sea caves to explore, it’s fair to say your dog will love it here. And once you’re both tired out there is The Beach Hut and Living Space restaurants for something to eat and drink – again both dog friendly.

Porth Beach

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Porth or Watergate Bay

Porth Beach

Porth Beach, situated between Newquay and Watergate Bay, is a large, west-facing, sandy beach with a long tidal drop. Porth Beach welcomes dogs through the winter months of October to Easter but throughout the main season dogs are only allowed from 7pm-9am.

Bedruthan Steps

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Mawgan Porth, Tregurrian, Trevarrian or Watergate Bay

Bedruthan

Bedruthan Steps is another year round dog friendly beach, but you’ll need a fit dog to get onto beach as there is a long flight of steep steps. Once you’re on the sand the beach stretches for a mile with loads of interesting nooks and crannies to investigate and the giant slate outcrops make a great background for a photo or two.

Whipsiderry Beach

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Porth or Watergate Bay

Whipsiderry Beach

Dog friendly year round. Whipsiderry Beach is a beautiful, quiet beach, with sheltering cliffs and an abundance of rock pools and caves for hours of exploring fun. There are a set of steep steps to gain access to the beach but it’s worth the climb.

Perranporth

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at St Agnes

Perranporth by Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall

Dog friendly year round. At low tide Perranporth beach and neighbouring Penhale sands join together to make one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on the North Coast. Let your dog off the lead and send them chasing after their ball along the shore, they’ll love it. And then recharge in The Watering Hole, also dog friendly.

Mawgan Porth

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Mawgan Porth, Tregurrian, Trevarrian or Watergate Bay

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth is another year round dog friendly beach. Even at high tide Mawgan Porth has plenty of sand to run ragged on. Compared to other beaches on the North Cornwall coast, Mawgan Porth is fairly quiet allowing you and your dog a more peaceful visit.

Fistral Beach

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Fistral or The Gannel

Fistral Beach

Fistral is possibly the most popular beach in North Cornwall, The beach is a wide expanse of sand sheltered by two headlands. Dogs are welcome at Fistral beach year round.

Gwenver Beach

Perfect if you’re Beach Retreating at Sennen

Gwenver Beach near Sennen

Accessed at low-tide to the right of Sennen beach, or at the base of steep granite cliffs from the coastal – Gwenver’s difficult access stops the beach from ever getting too crowded, so you and your dog need to be fit. There’s rockpools, shipwrecks and pools to explore with dogs welcome all year round.

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