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Cornwall is surrounded by outstanding coastal waters and is also home to some of the most amazing beaches in the United Kingdom. This is one of the reasons it’s such a popular place for dog owners to go on holiday. The vast lengths of sand and sea, along with the fields and footpaths make it a haven for our furry friends. However, be careful as there are restrictions in place for dogs on certain beaches, which can vary depending on the time of year. 

Restrictions on some beaches

At the beginning of the year these restrictions were relaxed to allow dog owners to enjoy the beach more than they had been able to in previous years. While most beaches have restrictions in place between 1st July and 31st August, some beaches are dog friendly all-year round.

There are still some beaches that have these restrictions in place between 15th May and 30th September but there are several which do have dog bans all-year round, although these are few and far between.

There are now more convenient times for dogs to go on the beach each day and the seasonal bans have been changed from 7am-7pm to 10am-6pm. This now means you can take your dog to the beach in the mornings without having to get up ridiculously early!

Our guest author, Milly (pictured with Marley below) highlights a few of her favourite places to take her dogs…

Dog-friendly beaches all year round:

Watergate Bay; tucked in between Padstow and Newquay with endless space to run and is a fantastic beach to take your dog.

Fistral Beach; one of Newquay’s most popular beaches known for its large size and great surf. If your dog is a chaser, watch out for surfers!

Perranporth Beach; dog friendly all year round but during July and August dogs must be on leads between 9am and 5pm. Dogs will love splashing around in the river which runs across the beach.

Dog friendly beaches with restrictions in place:

1st July – 31st August, 10am to 6pm restrictions in place.

Porthcurno beach; located in the far west of Cornwall is nestled next to the Minack Theatre and has soft white sand with a stream running through for dogs and kids alike to enjoy.

Marazion beach; when the tide is out the beach provides a walkway to St Michael’s Mount, just double check the tide times before you go!

Beaches with new time restrictions

15th May- 30th September, 10am-6pm restrictions in place

Carbis Bay beach; only a short distance from the popular destination St Ives with miles of sand to run, your dog will be exhausted by the end of your visit.

Widemouth Bay beach; there are seasonal restrictions on the main beach but the side beyond the line of rocks in the middle of the beach is known as Black Rock and it is dog friendly all year round. There’s also a great little cafe where you can pick up refreshments.

There are some great beaches in Cornwall that your four-legged friends are sure to love as much as we do. If you’re bringing your dog with you on holiday, take a look at our dog-friendly cottages for your next break in Cornwall.

To see a full list of beaches in Cornwall take a look at Visit Cornwall’s dog friendly beaches.