With one of the longest stretches of coastline in England hosting over 300 dog-friendly beaches, you and your four-legged friend will love it here in Cornwall! Most of the beaches are long and sandy providing the perfect setting for hours of fun for your dog to run across the beach and splash in the sea. One of the best choices for a dog-friendly holiday, Cornwall never disappoints and with beautiful headlands and estuaries there is a lot to explore.
Here are 10 of our favourite beaches, some open year round and all within easy reach of PetsPyjamas’ dog-friendly cottages and hotels.
Daymer Bay Beach, Rock
One of the jewels in North Cornwall’s crown and one the county’s most famous beaches, Daymer Bay lies between the beaches of Polzeath and Rock. With a gorgeous stretch of sheltered, sandy beach shaped in an arch it has safe water and rugged sand dunes. Take a walk with your dog to Rock or Polzeath or walk north to Trebetherick point. Climb up to Carn Brea Hill for a stunning 360-degree view from the top that inspired the late Poet Laureate John Betjeman.
Another beach we love is Bedruthan Steps. Access the beach via a steep set of stairs cut into the cliff and be rewarded with a golden stretch of sand when you get to the beach. Walk up to the top of the cliffs to enjoy wonderful views and dramatic scenery looking over Bedruthan Steps and enjoy fabulous walks with your dog along the coastal path. At the top of the cliffs is a dog-friendly National Trust café where you and your four-legged friend can relax and enjoy a Cornish cream tea plus water bowls and treats for your dog.
Expect surfers and plenty of other coastal canines enjoying the sand and the sea on this stretch of the Cornish coast – with a gorgeous sandy beach and a backdrop of awe-inspiring cliffs. Take your dog for a low-tide walk across the sands and the coastal path to Trevelgue Head with fabulous views guaranteed. And after your walk with Fido, make sure you visit the dog-friendly Beach Hut Café and the Watergate Bay Hotel for a welcome break from all the fun and excitement.
A fabulous dog-friendly beach on the north end of Bude, this pebble beach is a particular favourite with families and their dogs. When the tide ebbs it reveals a 2km of sand which you and your four-legged friend can walk along and takes you all the way into Bude itself. With high towering cliffs and a waterfall with rock pools to explore, this is one of our absolute favourite beaches. There’s a National Trust car park and café open at the top and a steep winding path to the beach, but it’s well worth the effort.
This dog-friendly beach faces north west towards St Ives and is backed by sand dunes, known as the Towans, and stretches for four-miles from the mouth of the Hayle Estuary to the lighthouse at Godrevy Point. Perfect for coast-loving canines to enjoy ball games and swimming in the sea, pay a visit to the Blue Bay Café, nestled in the dunes of St Ives Bay, after lots of fun playing on the beach for a warming drink and a slice of homemade cake.
Definitely one of the best beaches in Cornwall and another beach where dogs are allowed year round. This wide spacious beach situated close to Padstow makes the perfect playground for your pet – with fabulous yellow sand, pebbles plus a series of amazing rock pools backed by dunes and low cliffs. Your furry friend will love it here and there a variety of watersports available for the humans too.
Situated on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula is a charming, small sandy beach which is mostly covered at high tide, positioned beside the historic lifeboat station and charming Mullion harbour. With a cave to explore at low tide where the waves crash through the entrance, it is dog-friendly year round. Backed by towering cliffs, this is a lovely secret beach location where PetsPyjamas’ hotel Mullion Cove Hotel & Spa makes a wonderful base for a dog-friendly stay.
Considered to be North Cornwall’s premiere beach, Trebarwith has so much to offer from lovely golden sand, rock pools galore and terrific surf. And at low tide the beach here grows into an expanse of sand backed by high cliffs with deep caves. It makes a perfect afternoon out exploring with the family and your beach loving hound. There are great coastal walks nearby, places to eat and the Port William pub which looks out over the beach.
One of Cornwall’s loveliest beaches set amongst the fabulous cliffs of Treryn Dinas and located to the eastern end of Porthcurno Cove, Pedn Vounder has pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Also known as Treen beach, this is home to the famous rocking Logan Rock. You can reach the beach at low tide from neighbouring Porthcurno beach, although you need to be careful not to get yourself cut off. The beach was recently featured in a Poldark episode and is dog-friendly year round.
All the beaches on the Isles of Scilly are amazing, and all except a few on St Mary’s have no dog restrictions. Expect white sand beaches stretching off as far as the eye can see. With hardly a soul to be seen, your dog can run along the beach with gay abandon. Choose St Lawrence’s Bay on St Martin’s or Appletree Bay on Tresco. Not only will your dog love the beaches but they will also enjoy the boat trip there as well!