Several of Cornwall's beaches are currently experiencing an invasion of a hydrozoan known as the Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis).
These marine creatures have been washed onto beaches in unprecedented quantities during the last month (October 2017).
Exercise extreme caution when walking your dog as the tentacles of this hydrozoan can be up to to 10 metres long and have a very painful sting which can sometimes be fatal.
The "sail" looks like a plastic bottle or elongated balloon with a bluish, purple tinge and the tentacles are bright blue.
If your dog comes into contact with the venomous tentacles visit the nearest vet immediately.
Signs that your dog has been stung include sudden onset of yelping, limping, difficulty breathing or visible tentacle material on your dog.
You may not be able to see any sign of the tentacles on your dog but if if your pet suddenly appears distressed and there is a possibility that he/she has been stung then seek treatment from a vet urgently. The severity of the reaction is directly related to the amount of stings your dog has received. All sizes of dog are vulnerable.
If you try to remove tentacles from your dog use a stick, wear gloves or protect your hands as humans also suffer painful stings from these creatures.
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.
Seaton and Downderry Beaches
with Partial or All Year Dog Bans
|1||Cadgwith Cove (South)||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|2||Carbis Bay||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|3||Castle Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|4||Cawsand Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|5||Chapel Porth||Easter Day - 1st October|
|6||Charlestown||All Year Ban|
|7||Crackington Haven||Easter Day - 1st October|
|8||Crinnis Beach||All year Ban|
|9||Crooklets||Easter Day - 1st October|
|10||Duporth Beach||All year Ban|
|11||East Looe Beach||All year Ban|
|12||Fiinygook Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|13||Godrevy||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|14||Greenaways||Easter Day - 1st October|
|15||Gunwalloe Church Cove||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|16||Gwithian||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|17||Gyllyngvase Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|18||Hawkers Cove||Easter Day - 1st October|
|19||Hayle Towans||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|20||Housel Bay||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|21||Kennack Sands (west side near the car park)||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|22||Kiberick Cove||Dogs are not allowed on Kiberick Cove beach between Easter Day and October 1st|
|23||Lansallos Cove||Easter Day - 1st October|
|24||Lusty Glaze||1st May - 30th September|
|25||Maenporth Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|26||Marazion||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|27||Marsland Mouth||Easter Day - 1st October|
|28||Men-aver||Easter Day - 1st October|
|29||Millendreath Beach||All year Ban|
|30||Mousehole||All year ban in harbour|
|31||Mousehole (outside harbour)||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|32||Old Town Bay||1st May - 30th September|
|33||Pentewan Beach||All year Ban|
|34||Penzance||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|35||Perranuthnoe||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|36||Poldhu||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|37||Polgaver||Easter Day - 1st October|
|38||Polkerris Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|39||Polurrian Cove||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|40||Polzeath||Easter Day - 1st October|
|41||Port Quin||Easter Day - 1st October|
|42||Portcew||Easter Day - 1st October|
|43||Porth (Newquay)||1st May - 30th September 9am - 7pm|
|44||Porth Chapel||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|45||Porthcressa||1st May - 30th September|
|46||Porthcurno||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|47||Porthgwarra||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|48||Porthgwidden||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|49||Porthleven West||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|50||Porthmellon||1st May - 30th September|
|51||Porthmeor Beach||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|52||Porthminster||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|53||Porthpean Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|54||Porthtowan||Easter Day - 1st October|
|55||Portreath||Easter Day - 1st October|
|56||Portwrinkle||Easter Day - 1st October|
|57||Praa Sands||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|58||Priests Cove Cape Cornwall||1st April - 1st October|
|59||Readymoney Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|60||Rock Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|61||Sennen Cove and Harbour||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|62||St Anthony in Meneage||Easter Day - 1st October|
|63||St Ives Harbour||1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm|
|64||St. George's Well||Easter Day - 1st October|
|65||Summers Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|66||Swanpool Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|67||Tattams Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|68||Tavern Beach||Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm|
|69||Tolcarne||1st May - 30th September|
|70||Trevone||Easter Day - 1st October|
|71||Whitehouse Beach||Easter Day - 1st October|
|72||Widemouth Bay||Easter 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)
|1||Apple Tree Beach||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|4||Bathinghouse Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|11||Bread & Cheese Cove|
|13||Cadgwith Cove East|
|16||Carne Beach||Dogs must be kept on leads between 9am and 6pm|
|17||Castle Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|22||Cook's Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|24||Cot Valley Beach (Porth Nanven)|
|27||Cradle Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|29||Creek Stephen Beach|
|43||Gorran Haven||Dogs must be kept on a lead, Easter to Sep 30th|
|46||Great Western (Towan)|
|49||Green Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|50||Gunwalloe Fishing Cove|
|60||Kennack Sands East|
|72||Little Porth Beach|
|80||Mother Ivey's Bay|
|85||Ogo Dour Cove|
|87||Palace Cove near Lantivet Beach|
|93||Pendower Beach||Dogs should be on leads between 9am and 6pm from the 1st May until the 30th September|
|95||Pentle Bay||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|99||Perranporth||Dogs must be kept on short leads
July to September between 10am and 5pm
|100||Perransands or Penhale Beach (Perran Beach)|
|102||Pill Creek Beach|
|116||Porth Saxon Beach|
|126||Portloe||Dogs are allowed on Portloe Beach all year round|
|131||Ravens Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|136||Rushy Porth||Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times|
|140||Skinner's Ball Beach|
|142||St Warner's Cove|
|147||Summerleaze||Dogs must be kept on leads, 21st May to 30th Septempber 10am - 6pm|
|148||Talland Bay||Dogs must be kept on leads|
|160||Trevaunance Cove||Dogs must be kept on leads|
|163||Upton to St Peter's Point|
|166||Watch House Cove|
|169||Wherrytown Larigan river to Newlyn|
|171||Widemouth 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:
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
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.
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
Animal Rescue Centres in Cornwall
Vets in Cornwall
Send a picture of your dog enjoying Cornwall and be featured in our Doggie Gallery
Books can be purchased online by clicking on the links below :
Map of Dog friendly Cornwall locations in Cornwall
Use the + scale on the left of the map to zoom in on an area. Click on a marker to see the name of the location and click the box to go to the information about that place. To zoom out click - on the scale.
(Google Map integrated by www.choughmountain.eu)
Dog friendly Cornwall locations in Cornwall
Dog friendly Cornwall
Riviere Towans, Hayle
Cornwall Council's One Stop Shops have dog waste bags available at £2 per 100
Things to do
Maps of Cornwall :
The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are
ideal for walkers.
Those covering Cornwall:
Map of Isles of Scilly:101 Isles of Scilly
For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
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