The Cornish beaches you can walk your dog on

Posted by Simon Lockyer on 29th January 2018

Visit Cornwall, Dog Friendly

dog-friendly beaches in cornwall

There's no better feeling than visiting a beautiful beach with your dog, leaving pawprints in the sand and playing fetch to your heart's content. Thankfully, there are more than 200 beaches in Cornwall where you can walk your dog.

From popular spots including Fistral and Watergate Bay in Newquay, through to secret coves and bays that you may never have heard of before now, we've done the homework to let you know which Cornish beaches allow dogs.

Read on to see the full list of beaches where dogs are allowed all year round, where there are restrictions, and where there are annual bans. But first, here's our top 10 dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall.


carne dog-friendly beach

Carne Beach, also known as Gerrans Bay, is on the south coast of the Roseland Peninsula and has a huge sandy stretch on which to leave pawprints. It's dog-friendly all year round, so you can visit in each and every season, witnessing Cornwall's rugged beauty changing with the days.


sennen dog-friendly beach

Just around from Land's End you'll find Sennen, with its aptly named Whitesands Bay. It's a popular location for surfers as it faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, but there are restrictions in place for dogs – you can only visit the beach for walkies between October 1st and April 30th.

Harlyn Bay

harlyn bay dog-friendly beach

One of the best family beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay Beach is dog-friendly all-year-round and has plenty of sandy space to stretch your legs. It's also safe for swimming, with a lifeguard service in place during the busier summer months.


seaton dog-friendly beach cornwall

Not to be confused with its Devon counterpart, Seaton Beach is found near Looe, South East Cornwall. The sandy/pebbled beach is dog-friendly throughout the year, and is sheltered from both waves and the wind by the high cliffs to the west – meaning the sea is safe for a dip, too.


gwithian dog-friendly beach

Dogs are welcome on Gwithian, except between May 1st and September 30th (8am to 7pm) when a seasonal ban is in place. It's backed by sand dunes, laden with wild grass, which makes it a fantastic place to enjoy a walk with your four-legged friend. If you're lucky, you'll spot some seals!


porthmeor dog-friendly beach

One of St Ives' most popular beaches is one of Cornwall's finest, and Porthmeor welcomes dogs between October 1st and the Sunday before Easter. It's a consistent winner of the Blue Flag award, making it a popular place for all ages and creeds, while its also lined by picturesque craggy headlands.


rock dog-friendly beach

Rock Beach is across from the bustling fishing port of Padstow, and can be reached by passenger ferry. The stunning stretch of sand follows the Camel Estuary towards the coast and is backed by grassy dunes. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty welcomes dogs throughout the year.

Praa Sands

praa sands dog-friendly beach

This large beach is perfect for a dog-walk, with a huge expanse of sand for you to explore. The blindingly white sands are said to be seashells that have been crushed by waves over the last million years. A seasonal ban is in place, but you can visit with your dog between October 1st and Easter.

Daymer Bay

daymer bay dog-friendly beach

Daymer is a little off the beaten track, which gives it quite a lovely isolated feel. It's set within the Camel Estuary, meaning it is more sheltered than most beaches, while if you're feeling adventurous you can access it via the coastal path from Polzeath. Dogs are welcome all year.


whitsand bay dog-friendly beach

Largely considered one of the finest beaches in Cornwall, Whitsand Bay is a huge expanse of beautiful beach stretching four-miles. Dogs are welcome throughout the year, although there may sometimes be limited access due to the military using the area for training purposes.

Dogs allowed all-year-round

The beaches included on the list below generally have no restrictions on walking your dog at any point during the year. However, some locations request that pets are kept on a lead, and rules and regulations can be changed throughout the year. Make sure you check the signage at the beach you are visiting to be sure you're safe.

  • Appletree Bay
  • Bamaluz
  • Bassetts Cove
  • Battery Rocks
  • Beady Pool
  • Bedruthan Steps
  • Benoath Cove
  • Bergecooth
  • Black Cliff
  • Bosahan Cove
  • Bossiney Cove
  • Breakwater
  • Caerthillian Cove
  • Carleon Cove
  • Carne
  • Clodgy Point
  • Constantine Bay
  • Cot Valley
  • Cove Vean
  • Coverack
  • Crantock
  • Daymer Bay
  • Dollar Cove
  • Downderry
  • Durgan
  • Eastern Green
  • Fishing Cove
  • Fistral
  • Flushing Cove
  • Fox Cove
  • Gillan Harbour
  • Godrevy Cove
  • Gorran Haven
  • Great Bay
  • Great Molunan & Little Molunan
  • Great Par
  • Great Western
  • Grebe
  • Green Bay
  • Greenbank Cove
  • Gurnards Head
  • Gwenver
  • Hannafore
  • Harbour Cove
  • Harlyn Bay
  • Hawkers Cove
  • Helford Passage
  • Hemmick
  • Higher Town Bay
  • Holywell Bay
  • Keneggy Sands
  • Kingsand
  • Lambeth Walk
  • Lankidden Cove
  • Lantic Bay
  • Lantivet Bay
  • Lawrence's Bay
  • Leggan Cove
  • Loe Bar
  • Longrock
  • Mawgan Porth
  • Mevagissey
  • Mexico Towans
  • Millook Haven
  • Mother Iveys Bay
  • Mullion Cove
  • Nanjizel
  • Newlyn
  • Newlyn Tolcarne
  • Newtrain Bay
  • Northcott Mouth
  • Par Sands
  • Pedn Vounder
  • Pelistry Bay
  • Penberth Cove
  • Pendower
  • Penhale Sands
  • Pentire Steps
  • Pentle Bay
  • Pentreath
  • Periglis
  • Perpitch
  • Perranporth
  • Pisky Cove
  • Plaidy
  • Polgwidden Cove
  • Polnare Cove
  • Polpeor Cove
  • Polridmouth Cove
  • Ponsence Cove
  • Port Gaverne
  • Port Isaac
  • Porth Hellick
  • Porth Joke
  • Porth Sawsen
  • Porthallack
  • Porthallow
  • Porthbeor
  • Porthcothan Bay
  • Porthcurnick
  • Porthemmet
  • Portheras Cove
  • Porthguarnon Cove
  • Porthkidney
  • Porthloo
  • Porthluney Cove
  • Porthmeor Cove
  • Portholland
  • Porthoustock
  • Priests Cove
  • Progo
  • Prussia Cove
  • Rinsey Cove
  • Rock
  • Rushy Bay
  • Samson
  • Sandy Mouth
  • Seaton
  • St Loy's Cove
  • Summerleaze
  • Sunny Cove
  • Talland Bay
  • The Bar
  • The Strangles
  • Tintagel
  • Towan
  • Town Beach
  • Trebarwith Strand
  • Trevaunance Cove
  • Trevellas-Porth
  • Treyarnon Bay
  • Vault
  • Watergate Bay
  • Welcombe Mouth
  • Wherrytown
  • Whipsiderry
  • Whitsand Bay
  • Widemouth

Seasonal dog ban in place

Although there are plenty of dog-friendly Cornish beaches, some only allow man's best friend for parts of the year. As a rule, seasonal bans run from Easter Day up until 1st October. However, as previously stated, make sure you check the signage at the beach to be certain.

  • Cadgwith Cove
  • Carbis Bay
  • Castle
  • Cawsand Bay
  • Chapel Porth
  • Church Cove
  • Crackington Haven
  • Crooklets
  • Duckpool
  • Epphaven
  • Freathy
  • Godrevy
  • Great Perhaver
  • Greenaways
  • Gunwalloe
  • Gwithian
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Hayle Towans
  • Housel Bay
  • Kennack Sands
  • Kiberick Cove
  • Kynance Cove
  • Lamorna Cove
  • Lansallos Cove
  • Loe
  • Lundy Bay
  • Lusty Glaze
  • Maenporth
  • Marazion
  • Marshland Mouth
  • Men-aver
  • Mousehole
  • Old Town Bay
  • Pentewan
  • Penzance Promenade
  • Perranuthnoe
  • Poldhu Cove
  • Polgaver
  • Polkerris
  • Polperro
  • Polurrian Cove
  • Polzeath
  • Port Quin
  • Porth
  • Porthchapel
  • Porthcressa
  • Porthcurno
  • Porthgwarra
  • Porthgwidden
  • Porthleven
  • Porthmeor
  • Porthminster
  • Porthpean
  • Porthtowan
  • Portmellon
  • Portreath
  • Portscatho
  • Portwrinkle
  • Praa Sands
  • Ready Money Cove
  • Sennen
  • Sharrow
  • St Anthony In Meneage
  • St George's Cove
  • St Ives Harbour
  • Stanbury Mouth
  • Swanpool
  • Tolcarne
  • Tregardock
  • Trevone Bay

There are seven beaches in Cornwall on which a year-round dog ban is in operation: Carlyon Bay, Charlestown, Duporth, Looe, Millendreath, Polruan Back, and Polruan Quay.

NB: The information was correct at the time of writing and will be checked and amended regularly to ensure it remains correct. However, if you believe some of the information is incorrect, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

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