The Dog Friendly Beaches


Wherever you stay along the north coast, the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall are within easy reach, each boasting a unique character and glorious surroundings.

Some beaches are perfect for long drawn-out walks, others are ideal for exploring caves and rock pools, some will be perfect for doggie paddling, but be assured that all of them are stunningly beautiful.

On this page, you will find a short description of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, all of which are linked via the South-West coast path, except the most recent additons in Newquay that are listed in the lower half of the page.


Mawgan Porth Beach

mawgan porth beachMawgan Porth beach is privately owned, which makes for a well-kept and quieter bay. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk across the golden sands, or paddle in the gentle flowing river that runs towards the sea across the sands (pictured below)

Mawgan Porth is a beautiful bay in a glorious location, and is generally a cover-all in respects including activities, walking, eating, and relaxing on the sands. for help finding alll the local attractions check out the Mawgan porth map

Bedruthan Steps

The National Trust beach at Bedruthan is notorious for its railed staircase leading down to five sandy bays separated by dramatic pillars of rock. Visitors who follow the coast footpath north are rewarded by sublime views of the steps, and some incredible scenery at Park Head.

A cafe run by National Trust operates from here, and as the isolated location affords little else you'll be pleased to note it is also dog friendly.

Watergate Bay

watergateAbsolutely ideal for long walkers. This sandy beach stretches over 2 miles at low tide, and can boast the most impressive swells from the Atlantic, making it increasingly popular with surfers.

A series of popular pet friendly restaurants operate from this bay, including the beach hut which is known for its innovative recipes and welcoming cooking showcases.

Close by a some of the best campsites in cornwall for you to choose from.

The beach hosts a series of annual competitions including polo, sand art, and a series of water sports. Watergate Bay has experienced a dramatic increase in popularity, largely due to the arrival of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant but also thanks to it's impressive scale and indescribable sunsets.


Porthcothan guarantees any visitors stunning views and plenty of wildlife. Highlights include several offshore islands, many birds and a lighthouse.

This little-known bay will remain quiet throughout the year, even during peak season, due largely to its poor surf - perfect for relaxed walks.

Constantine Bay

At low tide this beach shares its shore with another at Boobys Bay, creating a crescent stretch of over half a mile of perfect golden sand.

Local establishments include Rick Stein's Cornish Arms pub, which, as with these two beaches, are pet friendly year-through.

More recent additions to dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Treyarnon Bay: A Family Favourite!

Treyarnon is fast becoming a firm favourite of dog friendly beaches in Cornwall as there's no end of activities - whatever the weather. You can find shelter in any of the hundreds of caves and gullies or go snorkeling in the famous Natural Swimming Pool which is teeming with interesting flora and enough life to rival warmers seas abroad! With huge rocks for climbing on one side of the sandy bay, and an exciting island just off the coast on the other, everybody has their favourite place. And if you looking for accomodation there are some of the finest caravan parks in Cornwall close by.

Similarly to Mawgan Porth, pools run along the south side of the Beach allowing an ideal opportunity for games and paddling or simply cooling off. Visitors often find crabs and shrimp, plus a variety of small fish when investigating the many rocks and pools that stretch around this side, providing hours of entertainment particularly at low tide. Keen eyes have also spotted seals and even dolphins just off of this bay!

Treyarnon Bay shares its enviable coastline with Trethias Island - a large rock formation separated from the mainland by a sea-swathed gulley. Often described as a bird sanctuary for its popularity with our fowl friends, Trethias is great for exploring but can be dangerous at various states of the tide and so guests are reminded to take note of tide times.

There is a car park on the north side of the beach for those who prefer to travel with wheels, with a small store open for the summer and there is also usually an ice-cream van parked on the causeway leading to the beach during hgih season selling treats and drinks. Unfortunately there is not a pet-friendly restaurant near this beach, but you will find dog friendly pubs and dog friendly holidays nearby in Mawgan Porth.

Harlyn Bay: The prettiest dog friendly beach in Cornwall?

A less well-known dog friendly beach in Cornwall is Harlyn Bay - wide and spacious, popular with families and dogs for its great surf and yellow sand. dog

Harlyn Bay is a large sheltered and safe sandy beach on the North Coast of Cornwall, just 3 miles from Padstow, and is a well-sought destination for holidaymakers both in and out-of-season.

Probably the prettiest of dog friendly beaches, it is particularly favoured by walkers, golfers and those looking for a few days 'escape'. The South West coastal path can be walked to Mother Iveys Bay and Trevose Head, although take care with tide times as some of the walk will be on the sand.

Although North Cornwall beaches are particularly famous for their beautiful landscape scenery, our collection of dog friendly beaches is also exciting for the range of activities in their immediate surroundings. Harlyn Bay hosts the highly reputable Harlyn Surf School - described by the Sunday Times as "the best on the North Cornish coast." There are local stables offering horse-riding sessions for all abilities and bicycle trails for those who like to let of steam with a good ride. Keep everyone, including your furry friend, entertained all day long!

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Newquay's Dog Friendly Beaches: - The busiest dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

It is well worth mentioning Newquay's own two dog friendly beaches, for their location and nearby attractions. Whilst it goes without saying that all of Northern Cornwall's beaches are impressive, it should come as no surprise that those central to Newquay will be busier and louder throughout the summer season.

The Great Western Beach is popular with both families and surfers and although it is close to the heart of Newquay it one of the Newquays quietest There are rock pools to explore with both pups and kids and you can walk to all the neighbouring beaches at low tide.High cliffs towering over the beach give some protection from the worst winds, but also cast a shadow later in the afternoon. Whilst it is not always the best place for sunbathing this will mean less people and so more room for the dog to run and play.

Fistral (pictured right) is Newquay's most famous and most popular beach, and lies at the very heart of the British surfing scene. The beach has a wide expanse of golden sand with the headlands of Pentire and Towan beaches to the south and north respectively. Fistral is often dived up into three areas: South Fistral, the Main Beach and Little Fistral. The first two are fairly self explanatory; Little Fistral is the Northern most part of the beach and only exists at low tide.

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