My dogs absolutely love being on the beach, its the best place for them to burn off all that energy. Cornwall is blessed with some stunning beaches and is a dog owners heaven, but not all of them will allow your furry bestie to get their paws sandy. Fear not, as I have compiled a list of the best beaches in Cornwall that are dog friendly all year round.
My personal favourite, is my local beach –
Watergate Bay – 3 miles North of Newquay
With it being 2 miles long, with various deep rockpools and plenty of climbing opportunities your poochies are sure to have a lot of fun. At low tide this beach is huge, it attracts lots of other dog walkers and for good reason. With so much space and little nooks to explore I never tire of this place. For the humans there is a little beach cafe on the slip way, a touch pricey but do a fab mango sorbet. Watergate Bay is very popular with surfers and is lifeguarded in the summer months. If you want try your hand at Cornwall’s favourite sport of surfing you can book a lesson or just hire the equipment at Extreme Academy or Westcountry Surfschool.
Fistral Beach- Newquay
Another beautiful beach but can get very hectic in the summer. Fistral is extremely well known with surfers and holds various surf competitions throughout the year. Again a lovely stretch of beach for the doggies to run around on. I would personally recommend going in the evenings during the summer, much quieter and some incredible sunsets to be seen. There is a carpark at the North end with a number of shops, restaurants and even a bar. So, if after your walk, you fancy a coffee or pint (cider if you are doing it the Cornish way), take the weight off at Fistral beach bar. They are also dog friendly so your knackered pooch can join you.
Mexico Towans – Hayle
This is a great walk for dogs that need a lot of exercise (especially if they like tracking the scent of rabbits). The Mexico Towans start at Godrevy lighthouse and finish up at the mouth of the Hayle estuary, spanning a lovely 4 miles stretch of dunes and beach. The parking is in a National Trust car park, this is also where you will find the lovely Godrevy beach cafe, which, has a delicious selection of gluten-free cakes and bites. My dogs love running around this gorgeous place, digging tunnels in the dunes and I often find them with their heads down rabbit holes.
Kennegy sands – Penzance
This beach is just one of the secret beaches Cornwall has to offer, you can reach this beautiful secluded beach from Praa sands at low tide. It is a seaglass hunters dream, not a massive beach for the doggies to run around on but fun none the less. The car park unfortunately is not situated right on the beach but is only a short walk.
Pedn Vounder – Porthcurno
With stunning cliffs, crystal clear waters and acres of sand this beach does not disappoint, a fantastic beach for the dogs. During spring low tide you can walk all the way to its neighbouring beach Porthcurno (although, please be aware the tides come in fast). The car park is a 10 minute walk from the beach but I am sure your poochies will love the added distance.
Mother Ivey’s – West of Padstow
Mother Ivey’s is considered one of the best beaches of Cornwall, with its dunes and its wide spacious beach the doggies will have a great adventure. If you fancy a break from the beach you can walk on stunning coastal paths to Trevose head and take in the 360 degree view which includes Constantine beach, Newquay (on a clear day) and Polzeath. A truly beautiful place and not one to miss.
Trebarwith Strand – Tintagel
Trebarwith Strand beach is around a mile and half from the gorgeous Tintagel, and is reached by foot following the St Materianas Church coastal path. With great bathing spots and plenty of nooks and crannies your fury friends are sure to have a great time exploring.
So there it is my list of year round dog friendly beaches, if you have any favourite poochie walking spots feel free to share in comments, happy furry adventures ……