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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.

Visit our featured dog friendly accommodation. For more dog friendly places in Cornwall see the list at the bottom of this page.

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


    Beaches in Cornwall
with Partial or All Year Dog Bans

Land's End Peninsula
1Carbis Bay15th May - 30th Sept - between 10am - 6pm 
2Godrevy1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
3Gwithian1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
4Hayle Towans1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
5LamornaSeasonal dog ban from Easter day to 1st October 
6Marazion1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
7MouseholeAll year ban in harbour 
8Mousehole (outside harbour)1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
9Penzance1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
10Perranuthnoe1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
11PortcewEaster Day - 30th Sept 
12Porthcurno1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
13Porthgwarra1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
14Porthgwidden1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
15Porthmeor Beach15th May - 30th September 10am - 6pm 
16Porthminster Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
17Praa Sands1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
18Priests Cove Cape Cornwall1st April - 30th Sept 
19Sennen Cove and Harbour1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
20St Ives Harbour1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
Lizard Peninsula
21Cadgwith Cove (South)1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
22Gunwalloe Church Cove1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
23Housel Bay1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
24Kennack Sands (west side near the car park)1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
25Kynance Cove1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
26Poldhu1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
27Polurrian Cove1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
29Porthleven West1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
30St Anthony in MeneageEaster Day - 30th Sept 
Redruth - St Agnes Area
31Chapel Porth1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
32PorthtowanEaster Day - 1st October 
33PortreathEaster Day - 30th September 7am - 7pm 
Truro - Falmouth Area
34Castle Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
35Gyllyngvase Beach15th May - 30th September 10am - 6pm 
36Kiberick CoveDogs are not allowed on Kiberick Cove beach between Easter Day and October 1st 
37Maenporth Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
38Men-averEaster Day - 30th Sept 
39Portmellon1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
40PortscathoSeasonal dog ban from Easter Day until September 30th on Tatams and Porth beaches 
41Summers Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
42Swanpool Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
43Tattams Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
44Tavern BeachEaster Day - 30th Sept 7am - 7pm 
Newquay - Padstow Area
45GreenawaysEaster Day - 30th Sept 
46Hawkers CoveEaster Day - 30th Sept 
47Lusty GlazeSeasonal dog ban from the 1st June to 1st September from 9am and 6pm 
48PolzeathEaster Day - 1st October 
49Porth (Newquay) 
50Rock BeachEaster Day - 30th Sept 
51St. George's Well1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
52Tolcarne1st May - 30th September 
53Trevone15th May - 30th Sept 10am - 6pm 
St Austell - Fowey Area
54CharlestownAll Year Ban 
55Crinnis BeachAll year Ban 
56Duporth BeachAll year Ban 
57PentewanDogs are only allowed on this beach from the first Sunday in November to the 1st February 
58Pentewan BeachAll year Ban 
59PolgaverEaster Day - 30th Sept 
60Polkerris BeachEaster Day - 30th Sept 
61Porthpean Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
62Readymoney Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
63Whitehouse BeachEaster Day - 30th Sept 
Looe and South East Cornwall
64Cawsand Beach1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
65East Looe BeachAll year Ban 
66Hoodny BeachEaster Sunday - 1st Oct - 24/7, all hours 
67Lansallos CoveEaster Day - 30th Sept 
68Millendreath BeachAll year Ban 
69PortwrinkleEaster Day - 1st October 
Tintagel and North Cornwall
70Crackington HavenEaster Day - 1st October 
71Crooklets1st July - 31st August 10am - 6pm 
72Marsland MouthEaster Day - 30th Sept 
73Widemouth Bay15th May - 30th Sept 10am - 6pm (North Beach Only) 
Isles of Scilly
74Old Town Bay1st May - 30th September 
75Porthcressa1st May - 30th September 
76Porthmellon1st May - 30th September 

  Dog Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
where dogs are allowed all year round.

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

Land's End Peninsula
2Bessy’s Cove 
3Boat Cove 
4Clodgy Point 
5Cot Valley Beach (Porth Nanven) 
6Coule’s Cove 
7Eastern Green 
8Gurnards Head 
10Hor Point 
11Kenneggy Sands 
12Lambeth Walk 
13Long Rock 
15Mexico Towans 
17Pedn Vounder 
18Penberth Cove 
19Peter's Point 
20Piskies Cove 
21Porth Chapel 
22Porth Sampson 
23Portheras Cove 
24Porthkidney Sands 
25Progo Beach 
26Prussia Cove 
27Riviere Towans 
29Salt Ponds 
30Stackhouse CoveDog friendly all year round 
31Steps Beach 
32Temis Cove 
33Treen Cove 
34Trenow Cove 
35Trevelyan Cove 
36Upton to St Peter's Point 
37Venton Cove 
38Wherrytown Larigan river to Newlyn 
Lizard Peninsula
39Cadgwith Cove East 
40Caerthillian Cove 
41Carleon Cove 
42CoverackDogs must be kept on a lead between 1st June until the end of August between 9am and 6pm. 
43Dollar Cove 
44Gew Graze 
45Gillian Harbour 
46Gunwalloe Fishing Cove 
47Kennack Sands East 
49Loe Bar 
50Men aver BeachDog friendly all year round 
51Men-aver BeachDog friendly all year round 
52Mullion Cove 
53Ogo Dour Cove 
54Pentreath Beach 
56Polnare CoveDogs allowed all year round. 
57Polpeor Cove 
59Porthleven East 
61Rinsey Cove 
62Rinsey Cove (Porthcew) 
Redruth - St Agnes Area
63Bassett's Cove 
64Trevaunance CoveDogs must be kept on leads 
Truro - Falmouth Area
65Bream Cove 
66Carne BeachDogs must be kept on leads between 9am and 6pm 
67Cellars Beach 
68Colona Beach 
69Creek Stephen Beach 
72Gatamala Cove 
73Gorran HavenDogs must be kept on a lead, Easter to Sep 30th 
74Grebe Beach 
75Hemmick Beach 
76Loe Beach 
77Parson's Beach 
78Pendower BeachDogs should be on leads between 9am and 6pm from the 1st May until the 30th September 
79Pill Creek Beach 
80Polgwidden Cove 
82Porth Beor 
83Porth Saxon Beach 
84Porthallack Beach 
85Porthbean Beach 
86Porthcurnick Beach 
89PortloeDogs are allowed on Portloe Beach all year round 
90Prisk Cove 
91Rosemullion Beach 
92Towan Beach 
93Turnaware Point 
95West Portholland 
Newquay - Padstow Area
96Bedruthan Steps 
97Booby's Bay 
98Constantine Bay 
100Daymer Bay 
101Epphaven Cove 
103Great Western (Towan) 
104Harlyn Bay 
105Holywell Bay 
106Little Fistral 
107Lundy Beach 
108Mawgan Porth 
109Mother Ivey's Bay 
110Newtrain Bay 
111Pentire Steps 
112PerranporthDogs must be kept on short leads from July to August, 9am - 5pm 
113Perransands or Penhale Beach (Perran Beach) 
114Port Quin 
115Porth Joke 
116Porthcothan Bay 
118Treyarnon Bay 
119Watergate Bay 
St Austell - Fowey Area
120Coombe Beach 
122Hallane Beach 
123Lantivet Beach 
124Palace Cove near Lantivet Beach 
125Par Beach 
126Polgwyn Beach 
127Polridmouth Beach 
128Spit Beach 
129Watch House Cove 
Looe and South East Cornwall
131Finnygook BeachNo restrictions, but please keep dogs under control and clear up after them. 
134Lansallos Beach 
135Lantic Bay 
136Oldhouse Cove 
137Plaidy Beach 
140Skinner's Ball Beach 
141Talland BayDogs must be kept on leads 
142Tregantle Beach 
143Whitsand Bay 
Tintagel and North Cornwall
144Benoath Cove 
145Bossiney Haven 
147Holocombe Beach 
148Millook Haven 
149Northcott Mouth 
150Sandy Mouth 
151Stanbury Mouth 
152SummerleazeDogs must be kept on leads, 21st May to 30th Septempber 10am - 6pm 
153The Strangles 
154Trebarwith Strand 
155Tregardock BeachDogs allowed all year round 
156Widemouth Bay (South beach only) 
Isles of Scilly
157Apple Tree BeachDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
158Bathinghouse PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
159Beady Pool 
160Bread & Cheese Cove 
161Castle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
162Cook's PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
163Cove Vean 
164Cradle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
165Dropnose Porth 
166Great Bay 
167Great Porth 
168Green Bay 
169Green PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
170Kitchen Porth 
171Lawrence's Bay 
172Little Porth Beach 
173Par Beach 
174Pentle BayDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
175Periglis Beach 
176Perpitch Beach 
177Porth Askin 
178Porth Conger 
179Porth Coose 
180Porth Killier 
181Ravens PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
182Rushy Bay 
183Rushy PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
184St Warner's Cove 
185Stinking Porth 
186Stony Porth 
187The Bar 
188The Bar 
189The Cove 
190The Cove 
191Town Beach 

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.

Available in local bookshops or click on the links below to order online.

Those covering Cornwall:

Map of Isles of Scilly:

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