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Dog friendly Cornwall

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Dogs in Cornwall



Cornwall is not only a great place for families, couples and independent travellers but also for our four-legged friends. Why leave your dog at home when Cornwall is the ideal place to enjoy with your family pet.

Cornwall welcomes dogs with its miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches, scenic coves with rock pools, hundreds of miles of public footpaths and fascinating trails, rugged moorland, acres of woodland and not forgetting the Cornwall Coast Path.

If you're going cycling along any of Cornwall's multi-use trails such as the beautiful Camel Trail, your dog can go with you, even if he's getting on a bit and not so good on his legs anymore. Dog buggies can be hired to tow behind your bicycle.

All types of accommodation throughout Cornwall welcome dogs as do many pubs and restaurants.

Of Cornwall's hundreds of beaches at least 159 welcome dogs all year round, 47 have seasonal restrictions between Easter and the 1st of October and only 7 beaches do not allow dogs at any time of the year. Of the seasonal restrictions, 32 only restrict dogs between 7am - 7pm or 8am - 7pm so there are plenty of beaches for you and your dog to enjoy whatever time of year you choose to visit.

As dog owners ourselves we know how much our own dog loves being in Cornwall: meeting up with doggy friends while playing ball on the beach, enjoying a splash while bounding through the waves and experiencing the new smells of the countryside on coastal foot paths and moorland walks.

During the summer months many towns and villages in Cornwall hold country fairs and village fetes with dog shows awarding everything from fun, waggiest tail to more formal, pedigree events. Cornwall even holds its own dog festival, where your dog can invite you along to enjoy the day (dog and owner entertainments on the day).

How to use this website to find dog friendly places to stay, dog friendly beaches, dog friendly pubs and dog friendly attractions and places to visit. Wondering where you can take your dog in Cornwall?

See the information below for details of beaches, our map of dog friendly beaches and seasonally restricted beaches and other dog friendly locations in Cornwall to help you plan your holiday.

For dog friendly accommodation, visitor attractions, pubs and more dog friendly places see our adjacent listings.

You can also use the 'Search intoCornwall.com' tool on the top of all our pages to search for dog friendly accommodation and locations. Just enter dog friendly in the box and click Search.

Visiting an attraction where you can't take your dog or going out for the day/evening and don't want to leave your dog home alone?  View Dog Sitters in Cornwall.

Seaton and Downderry Beaches

Seaton and Downderry Beaches


with Partial or All Year Dog Bans

1Cadgwith Cove (South)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
2Carbis Bay1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
3Castle BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
4Cawsand BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
5Chapel PorthEaster Day - 1st October 
6CharlestownAll Year Ban 
7Crackington HavenEaster Day - 1st October 
8Crinnis BeachAll year Ban 
9CrookletsEaster Day - 1st October 
10Duporth BeachAll year Ban 
11East Looe BeachAll year Ban 
12Fiinygook BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
13Godrevy1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
14GreenawaysEaster Day - 1st October 
15Gunwalloe Church CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
16Gwithian1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
17Gyllyngvase BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
18Hawkers CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
19Hayle Towans1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
20Housel BayEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
21Kennack Sands (west side near the car park)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
22Kiberick CoveDogs are not allowed on Kiberick Cove beach between Easter Day and October 1st 
23Lansallos CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
24Lusty Glaze1st May - 30th September 
25Maenporth BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
26Marazion1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
27Marsland MouthEaster Day - 1st October 
28Men-averEaster Day - 1st October 
29Millendreath BeachAll year Ban 
30MouseholeAll year ban in harbour 
31Mousehole (outside harbour)1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
32Old Town Bay1st May - 30th September 
33Pentewan BeachAll year Ban 
34Penzance1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
35Perranuthnoe1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
36PoldhuEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
37PolgaverEaster Day - 1st October 
38Polkerris BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
39Polurrian CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
40PolzeathEaster Day - 1st October 
41Port QuinEaster Day - 1st October 
42PortcewEaster Day - 1st October 
43Porth (Newquay)1st May - 30th September 9am - 7pm 
44Porth Chapel1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
45Porthcressa1st May - 30th September 
46Porthcurno1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
47Porthgwarra1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
48Porthgwidden1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
49Porthleven WestEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
50Porthmellon1st May - 30th September 
51Porthmeor Beach1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
52Porthminster1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
53Porthpean BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
54PorthtowanEaster Day - 1st October 
55PortreathEaster Day - 1st October 
56PortwrinkleEaster Day - 1st October 
57Praa SandsEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
58Priests Cove Cape Cornwall1st April - 1st October 
59Readymoney BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
60Rock BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
61Sennen Cove and Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
62St Anthony in MeneageEaster Day - 1st October 
63St Ives Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
64St. George's WellEaster Day - 1st October 
65Summers BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
66Swanpool BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
67Tattams BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
68Tavern BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
69Tolcarne1st May - 30th September 
70TrevoneEaster Day - 1st October 
71Whitehouse BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
72Widemouth BayEaster Day - 1st October (North Beach Only) 

  Dog Friendly Beaches
where dogs are allowed all year round.

(always check if your dog needs to be kept on a lead)

1Apple Tree BeachDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
3Bassett's Cove 
4Bathinghouse PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
5Beady Pool 
6Bedruthan Steps 
7Benoath Cove 
8Boat Cove 
9Booby's Bay 
10Bossiney Haven 
11Bread & Cheese Cove 
12Bream Cove 
13Cadgwith Cove East 
14Caerthillian Cove 
15Carleon Cove 
16Carne BeachDogs must be kept on leads between 9am and 6pm 
17Castle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
18Cellars Beach 
19Clodgy Point 
20Colona Beach 
21Constantine Bay 
22Cook's PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
23Coombe Beach 
24Cot Valley Beach (Porth Nanven) 
25Cove Vean 
27Cradle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
29Creek Stephen Beach 
30Daymer Bay 
31Dollar Cove 
33Dropnose Porth 
36Eastern Green 
37Epphaven Cove 
40Gatamala Cove 
41Gew Graze 
42Gillian Harbour 
43Gorran HavenDogs must be kept on a lead, Easter to Sep 30th 
44Great Bay 
45Great Porth 
46Great Western (Towan) 
47Grebe Beach 
48Green Bay 
49Green PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
50Gunwalloe Fishing Cove 
51Gurnards Head 
55Harlyn Bay 
57Holocombe Beach 
58Holywell Bay 
59Hor Point 
60Kennack Sands East 
61Kenneggy Sands 
63Kitchen Porth 
64Lambeth Walk 
65Lamorna Cove 
67Lansallos Beach 
68Lantic Bay 
69Lantivet Beach 
70Lawrence's Bay 
71Little Fistral 
72Little Porth Beach 
73Loe Bar 
74Loe Beach 
76Lundy Beach 
77Mawgan Porth 
78Mexico Towans 
79Millook Haven 
80Mother Ivey's Bay 
81Mullion Cove 
83Newtrain Bay 
84Northcott Mouth 
85Ogo Dour Cove 
86Oldhouse Cove 
87Palace Cove near Lantivet Beach 
88Par Beach 
89Par Beach 
90Parson's Beach 
91Pedn Vounder 
92Penberth Cove 
93Pendower BeachDogs should be on leads between 9am and 6pm from the 1st May until the 30th September 
94Pentire Steps 
95Pentle BayDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
96Pentreath Beach 
97Periglis Beach 
98Perpitch Beach 
99PerranporthDogs must be kept on short leads
July to September between 10am and 5pm 
100Perransands or Penhale Beach (Perran Beach) 
101Peter's Point 
102Pill Creek Beach 
103Piskies Cove 
104Plaidy Beach 
106Polpeor Cove 
108Polridmouth Beach 
110Porth Askin 
111Porth Beor 
112Porth Conger 
113Porth Coose 
114Porth Joke 
115Porth Killier 
116Porth Saxon Beach 
117Porthallack Beach 
118Porthbean Beach 
119Porthcothan Bay 
120Porthcurnick Beach 
121Portheras Cove 
122Porthkidney Sands 
126PortloeDogs are allowed on Portloe Beach all year round 
128Prisk Cove 
129Progo Beach 
130Prussia Cove 
131Ravens PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
132Riviere Towans 
133Rosemullion Beach 
135Rushy Bay 
136Rushy PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
137Salt Ponds 
138Sandy Mouth 
140Skinner's Ball Beach 
141Spit Beach 
142St Warner's Cove 
143Stanbury Mouth 
144Steps Beach 
145Stinking Porth 
146Stony Porth 
147SummerleazeDogs must be kept on leads, 21st May to 30th Septempber 10am - 6pm 
148Talland BayDogs must be kept on leads 
149Temis Cove 
150The Bar 
151The Bar 
152The Cove 
153The Cove 
154The Strangles 
155Town Beach 
156Trebarwith Strand 
157Treen Cove 
158Tregantle Beach 
159Trenow Cove 
160Trevaunance CoveDogs must be kept on leads 
161Trevelyan Cove 
162Treyarnon Bay 
163Upton to St Peter's Point 
165Venton Cove 
166Watch House Cove 
167Watergate Bay 
168West Portholland 
169Wherrytown Larigan river to Newlyn 
170Whitsand Bay 
171Widemouth Bay (South beach only) 

Before You Travel

Check with your accommodation to make sure you know their policy on accepting pets. Think about what you'll do with your dog whilst visiting restaurants or attractions that do not accept dogs. If you're travelling by public transport check the travel company's policy on carrying dogs.

Trains in the UK will allow two dogs per passenger at no extra charge provided the dogs are kept on a lead or in a basket and they do not cause inconvenience to other passengers or staff. A charge will be made for per extra dog if the allowance is exceeded.

Buses and trains in Cornwall do allow dogs. Coaches to Cornwall do not allow dogs except for guide dogs, hearing dogs or assistance dogs.

Travelling by Car

Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle, even for a short time, when it's warm or hot outside. Dogs left in warm cars will suffer from heat exhaustion and could die. If you have to leave your dog alone in your car at any other time, leave a note stating when you will be returning to your vehicle and do return on time. This will avoid concerned members of the public from contacting the RSPCA or Police to free the dog.

Travelling from the EU

If you are bringing your dog on holiday with you you must comply with UK Pets Travel Scheme (PETS)

Before travelling to the UK, you must take your dog to a vet so that it can be:

  • fitted with a microchip
  • vaccinated against rabies
  • issued with a pet passport (if it's travelling in the EU) or has a third country veterinary certificate

Dogs must also be treated by a vet for tapeworm, not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before its scheduled time of entry into the UK.

You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before travelling.

Once these steps are carried out, you can travel from most EU countries and some non-EU countries

If you are travelling from an Unlisted Country

An 'unlisted' country is any country not included in the list of EU or non-EU countries. You need to take extra steps if you return from an unlisted country

You must book your return journey in advance with a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route.

Most major ferry companies, airlines and rail operators are approved.

For full details please check: www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach

When in Cornwall

If your dog is elderly or frail it will be better to exercise them during cooler times of the day such as early morning or late evening to avoid over exerting them in hot weather. The law requires that all dogs wear a collar and tag with the name and address of their owner. You may find it useful to place a temporary tag on your dog with the address of your holiday accommodation. If your dog goes missing in Cornwall please contact the Cornwall Dog Welfare Service on the number below.

Be responsible and keep your dog under control. Depending on the circumstances or the location short leads, extending leads or even off lead may be appropriate. Remember, you may know your dog is friendly and just likes to greet people but a family on the beach with small children may find the sight of your Great Dane bounding towards them somewhat daunting.

Useful numbers

RSPCA in Cornwall

Tel: 01637 881455 Day

24-Hr Cruelty Line 0300 1234 999

Cornwall Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service

If you lose your dog while visiting Cornwall: 0300 1234 212

Police 101

Animal Rescue Centres in Cornwall

Vets in Cornwall

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Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach


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Chapel Porth Beach allows dogs from 1st October until Easter Day 



Some beaches have a partial dog ban at certain times of the year. Look out for these signs.



Place your bagged dog waste in the red dog bin. Dog bins are usually located adjacent to the beach or walking areas.

Cornwall Council's One Stop Shops have dog waste bags available at £2 per 100

The One Stop Shops
are located in:

St Austell
St Ives



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Maps of Cornwall :

The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are ideal for walkers.

Scale 1 : 25 000
2.5 inches to 1 mile /
4cm to 1km.

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Those covering Cornwall:

Map of Isles of Scilly:

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For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

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