So, you are planning to visit the South-West of Britain. England’s Cornwall, the land with a fascinating history, ranging from pirates to mining, with an influence of Celtic culture, attracts adventure seekers, and the general public during the holidays, and you are among one of them. However, the heritage interests you none, and you just want a relaxing holiday with your fur child on the beach. Well, you might’ve decided on the right spot because there are a lot of dog-friendly beaches in this location.
Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
1. Harlyn Bay
This is regarded as one of the best family beaches in Cornwall. Harlyn Bay is located towards the eastern end of Trevose Head, just west of Padstow, and it is a huge beach with yellow soft sand, accompanied by pebbles. One, not so fascinating fact about this place is that you can find remains of an old iron cemetery here. Lifeguards are on this location only during the summers, and you will find a great number of people with their pets. Also, you’ll find a lot of novice surfers here, due to its crescent-shaped shoreline, which allows for easy surfing.
2. Trebarwith Strand
This is a mile-long beach just over two miles to the South-West of Tintagel. You can also visit this place on foot, although you’d need to carry your lovely dog back because it’ll exhaust itself by running on the beach. One thing to watch out for on this beach are the cross waves, as the left and the right of the beach are constantly hit with tides, and swimming is only recommended under the supervision of lifeguards, that are on duty during summers.
3. Summerleaze Beach
Two huge advantages of this beach over others are that it is just 5 minutes from the center of Bude, and it houses a massive car park that is extremely close to the sand dunes. Don’t feel like swimming or running on the beach, well, you can simply book a beach hut for £10 to £20 per day, and your dog will definitely love the shade after an exhausting play session on this beach. While you can certainly have your dog off-leash in winters, they must be on the leash from May to October. Overall, a great place to be with your dog.
4. Seaton Beach
Are you more of an introverted type and your dog is sensitive to loud noises? Well, then this beach might be best for you, though it can get busy at times, generally, it remains quiet. Furthermore, there is also an outdoor gym available if you plan on working out. You will also find a lot of surfers here because it is quite famous with them as well.
5. Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay beach is approximately two miles long, filled with golden sand, and your dog will love it here. Being an open bay it receives quite a swell. The walk here from the nearest town of Newquay is about 45 minutes, however, it is not recommended due to it being lined with hills and valleys. Also, there are two parking lots on each end of the beach.
6. Fistral Beach
We cannot talk about this beach without mentioning that it is one of the top destinations among surfers in the world, as it gets a great number of huge waves and that is a huge attraction for surfers. Not only that, but this beach is also a venue for pretty much all the surfing competitions in the UK. Because of such an appeal, there’s a dog-friendly Headland Hotel nearby. So, if your dog has an extroverted personality, they’ll love it here.
7. Gorran Haven Beach
Not a fan of surfing? Then you can visit Gorran Haven Beach, the popular sport here is kayaking. This is a dog-friendly beach, but they must be kept on a leash. There are also plenty of fishermen’s cottages. As for the lifeguards, they are not present here for the entire year.
8. Pedn Vounder Beach
In the past, it used to be a secret location only a few people knew, however, in recent years, it has become a well-known location. Towards the east of the beach, you can find the famous Logan Rock, which is a 70-ton granite rock. The large appeal of this beach is due to its clear waters and white sand, also you can have your dog walking along your side, on a leash.
9. Mexico Towans Beach
Located between Hayle Towans and Gwithian Towans, this is a 3 mile-long beach filled with sand dunes which are known as Towans, hence the name. While you can have your dog on this beach, they are not allowed on the Southern and Northern parts of the Mexico Towans beach.
10. Kenneggy Sands
This is quite a great location, however, there are no facilities, nor any parking space. Since there is no parking lot, you’d have to make your way here on foot, and for this reason, it is one of the least visited beaches of Cornwall. Also, there are risks of high tides, and falling rocks on this beach, but if you aren’t afraid of any of these, feel free to bring your dog to this location.