Some of our favourite dog friendly beaches in Cornwall19 September
Martha’s Orchard has many spectacular dog friendly beaches nearby which can be viewed on our free map. Click here to download
We are spoilt with the amount of fantastic beaches in the county that allow dogs access all year round. So, if you are planning to travel around Cornwall with your four-legged friends here’s a great guide to some of our favourites.
Just two miles from Tintagel on the North Coast, Trebarwith Strand offers a sandy golden beach which is backed by flat rocks and beyond, steep cliffs. The National Trust beach stretches to over a mile, however, the sand disappears when the tide comes in, just leaving the rocks jutting out of the water. The beach is dog friendly all year round and has recently been awarded with high water quality status. Be sure to check the tide times before visiting.
Port Isaac Beach
Best known as a quaint fishing village and filming location for the ‘Doc Martin’ television series, Port Isaac is home to an attractive historic harbour which also serves as a dog friendly sheltered beach. The beach stretches out to the piers of the harbour at low tide revealing an expanse of golden sand. Either watch the small fishing fleet from the sands or explore the rock pools which offer all the family endless entertainment.
Located between Newquay and Padstow on the North Coast, the towering sea stacks known as the Bedruthan Steps offer a truly unique and spectacular sight from the cliff tops. A National Trust spot, the golden sands are revealed at low tide, allowing you to explore the caves and walk around the giant rocks. The beach is not suitable for swimming as there is no lifeguard cover, however, dogs are allowed all year round.
Perfect for a long beach walk, Perranporth Beach and Perran Sands connect to each other with miles of golden sands. Loved by surfers and families, Perranporth has everything you need for an entertaining day at the beach, making it one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches. Not only is Perranporth dog friendly all year round but it is home to a number of restaurants and even a beach bar located on the sand.
Found at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, Porthkidney is located just two miles away from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives. Backed by grassy sand dunes, the one mile long beach offers soft clean sands, clear turquoise waters and panoramic views over to the popular seaside town. This quiet beach is dog friendly, however, your four legged friends must be kept on their leads whilst on the footpath from St Uny Church.
Located halfway between Morvah and Zennor on the South West Coast Path, Porthmeor Cove is a small, sheltered and secluded spot situated 6 miles from Land’s End. The cove is one of Cornwall’s most important geological destinations due to its combination of sand, pebbles and rocks. The beach is accessible at all times and is dog friendly all year round.
Perched beside the quaint unspoilt fishing village of Coverack, the small sandy beach is popular with both families and divers. This little beach, located on the eastern coast of the Lizard Peninsula, makes a popular diving spot due to a group of treacherous rocks known as the Manacles. A Cornish gem, Coverack is not only dog friendly all year round but also home to a handful of shops and a variety of places to eat.
Owned by the National Trust, Porthcurnick beach is a beautiful south-east facing sandy cove on the stunning Roseland Peninsula. There are a number of water activities and rock pools for children to explore. Dogs are welcome all year round.
As one of Cornwall’s lesser-known beaches, Hallane Beach is well worth the walk from Pentewan as it is a sun trap during the summer months. Rarely busy, the beach lies on the South Coast, north of Pentewan near St Austell and consists of shingle and some sand, backed with flat rocks and a wooded valley. The access to the beach is by steps and dogs are welcome all year round.
Between Hannafore Point to the outskirts of Looe sits Hannafore Beach, a predominantly shingle beach that’s often quiet, even during peak season. The beach is sheltered by grassy banks which makes a great spot for a picnic and twice daily the beach reveals an extensive reef with impressive rock pools for adventurers to explore. This beach is particularly favoured by dog walkers as it is one of the new dog friendly beaches in the Looe area.