Dog friendly beach St Ives
With a range of dog friendly beaches, stunning coastal paths and outstanding dog friendly pubs available around the county, Cornwall is the perfect holiday destination for those looking to get away with their four-legged companion.

Many of the beaches in Cornwall implement a seasonal dog ban from Easter through to the end of September, however some do welcome them throughout the seasons – below is a list of our favourite year round dog friendly beaches.

Fistral Beach 

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Westerly facing and one of the best beaches in Cornwall for surfing – the mile of golden sand has plenty of room for dogs. Overlooked by the Headland Hotel (also dog friendly) and only a five minute drive from Newquay town centre, Fistral is great for stretching legs and paws.

Gorran Haven

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The beach sits at the heart of the quintessential fishing village, Gorran Haven -great for all the family especially the dog. The beach has good accessibility, sandy shores and some of the best water in Cornwall – excellent for swimmers and snorkellers.

Constantine Bay

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A beautiful unspoiled beach – fantastic for exploring rock pools or, for those of you who are more adventurous, offers the opportunity for rock climbing. Great for families with plenty of room for games, sandcastles and dogs to run about in the Cornish air.

Trebarwith Strand

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Just two miles from Tintagel, Trebarwith Strand is a great family orientated beach. The shallow sandy pools are especially popular with young children, and furry friends.

Porthcothan Bay

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A tiny bay near Padstow with plenty of entertainment for the whole family, with caves, rock pools and sea and sand to explore. The dunes backing onto the beach are the perfect playground for both you, the kids and the dog.

Mawgan Porth

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Recognised by The Times as one of its favourite beaches due to its ‘rare beauty’, Mawgan Porth is a peaceful beach with plenty of room to play. Dogs will love the stretch of unspoiled sand and salty sea.

Watergate Bay

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With miles of unbroken golden sand sure to tire out any pooch – Watergate Bay is ideal for families. Framed by high sheltering cliffs and close by to many dog friendly pubs and great amenities.

Porthkidney Beach

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Quieter than the surrounding beaches of St Ives and Hayle and popular with dog walkers, Porthkidney is the perfect place to make new four legged friends! At low tide the beach stretches a mile out to sea – with plenty of room for running, ball throwing and stick carrying.


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One of the best loved beaches in Cornwall - with over three miles of golden sand there’s plenty of room for dogs to roam. Great for surfing, sipping cider or soaking up the sun. Perranporth village has a good range of bars, hotels and dog friendly pubs.

Bedruthan Steps

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One of Cornwall’s most iconic beaches. There’s loads to explore from hidden caves and fantastic rock pools to the surrounding coastal walks. The dog friendly National Trust café at the top of the cliffs provides spectacular views and delicious cream teas once you’ve walked your paws off!

Beaches where dogs are banned

On some Cornish beaches there is an all year round dog ban. These include:
East Looe Beach
Crinnis Beach, St Austell
Charlestown Beach, St Austell
Duporth Beach, St Austell
Portwrinkle, Torpoint