Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and has no shortage of dog-friendly offerings. From popular beaches with many facilities and activities on offer, to those more secluded in the rugged landscape, we’ve chosen the best beaches in Cornwall for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy.
Porthkidney is a large, sandy beach at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, situated two miles from St Ives and close to the village of Lelant. Backed by sand dunes, the stunning beach is accessed from Lelant, where car parking is available, or via the South West Coast Path. Despite the lack of facilities, this quiet beach offers masses of space for dogs to run around, lifeguarding from to July to September, and excellent water quality. Dogs are welcome all year round but must be kept on leads on the footpaths.
Watergate Bay Beach
Watergate Bay is a large, beautiful beach located on the North Cornwall coast, three miles (a fifteen-minute drive) from Newquay. Visitors can expect two miles of golden sand beneath steep cliffs, with many rockpools and caves to explore. There are several paths providing access to the beach, including from the two car parks close-by. In addition to the facilities including toilets, chairs for hire, and nearby cafés and restaurants, the beach hosts a myriad of events and festivities throughout the year. Lifeguarded from May to September, this beach has received national recognition for its excellent water quality. Popular with families and surfers alike, dogs are welcomed all year round.
Daymer Bay Beach
Daymer Bay is a sheltered, sandy beach backed by sand dunes and near to the mouth of the Camel Estuary. Close to the village of Trebetherick, the facilities available include a car park, café, shops and toilets, plus the interesting St Enodoc’s church ‘sunken’ in the sand dunes nearby. The beach is popular for watersports and welcomes dogs all year round.
Gwynver (Gwenver) Beach
Gwynver is a fairly quiet, secluded beach accessed via a steep path from the car park or the South West Coast Path down the granite cliffs. This sandy beach is located close to the village of Sennen Cove, and is renowned for its beauty, large waves and great surfing conditions. Lifeguards are present from May to September, however swimming and surfing is not recommended when lifeguards are not present as conditions can become dangerous. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beach is well worth the visit for the great views, plus the benefit of dogs being welcomed all year round.
Gorran Haven Beach
Gorran Haven beach is a small, sandy beach on the South coast of Cornwall, in the fishing village of Gorran Haven near Mevagissey. There is a large car park at the beach, or it can be accessed through the village or South West Coast Path. Other facilities near the beach include a beach shop, pub and toilets. Although not lifeguarded, this beach is considered safe and is popular for swimming and surfing. Dogs are welcomed all year but must be kept on leads.
Helford Passage is a small sand and shingle beach located on the northern shore of the Helford estuary, approximately five miles from Falmouth. The beach can be accessed from the car park, the South West Coast Path, or via the ferry from Helford Village during the summer. Although not lifeguarded, swimming is generally safe provided you keep an eye out for boats. Visitors can stop at the dog-friendly Ferryboat Inn, positioned right beside the beach, and make use of the nearby shop, toilets and boat hire.
Summerleaze Beach, Bude
Summerleaze is a popular sandy beach located just a five minute walk from the town centre of Bude. This beach offers many facilities including car parks, a sea water pool, a beach café, toilets, beach hut hire and the RNLI shop, as well as several activities on offer such as surf school, kayaking, sea fishing and coasteering. Dogs are welcome all year round, but must be kept on a lead from 21st of May to the 30th of September from 10am to 6pm when lifeguards are present on the beach.
Mawgan Porth Beach
Mawgan Porth is a large, sandy beach featuring many rockpools and caves to explore. It is located close to the village St Mawgan, roughly halfway between Newquay and Padstow. A car park and toilets can be found at the beach, as well as lifeguard cover from May to September, and shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants nearby. Dogs are welcome at this lovely beach all year round.