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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

Land's End Peninsula
1Carbis Bay1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
2Godrevy1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
3Gwithian1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
4Hayle Towans1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
5Marazion1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
6MouseholeAll year ban in harbour 
7Mousehole (outside harbour)1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
8Penzance1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
9Perranuthnoe1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
10PortcewEaster Day - 1st October 
11Porth Chapel1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
12Porthcurno1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
13Porthgwarra1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
14Porthgwidden1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
15Porthmeor Beach1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
16Porthminster1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
17Praa SandsEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
18Priests Cove Cape Cornwall1st April - 1st October 
19Sennen Cove and Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
20St Ives Harbour1st May - 30th September 8am - 7pm 
Lizard Peninsula
21Cadgwith Cove (South)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
22Gunwalloe Church CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
23Housel BayEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
24Kennack Sands (west side near the car park)Easter Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
25PoldhuEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
26Polurrian CoveEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
27Porthleven WestEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
28St Anthony in MeneageEaster Day - 1st October 
Redruth - St Agnes Area
29Chapel PorthEaster Day - 1st October 
30PorthtowanEaster Day - 1st October 
31PortreathEaster Day - 1st October 
Truro - Falmouth Area
32Castle BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
33Gyllyngvase BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
34Kiberick CoveDogs are not allowed on Kiberick Cove beach between Easter Day and October 1st 
35Maenporth BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
36Men-averEaster Day - 1st October 
37PortmellonDogs are banned during July, August and September 
38Summers BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
39Swanpool BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
40Tattams BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
41Tavern BeachEaster Day - 1st October 7am - 7pm 
Newquay - Padstow Area
42GreenawaysEaster Day - 1st October 
43Hawkers CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
44Lusty Glaze1st May - 30th September 
45PolzeathEaster Day - 1st October 
46Port QuinEaster Day - 1st October 
47Porth (Newquay)1st May - 30th September 9am - 7pm 
48Rock BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
49St. George's WellEaster Day - 1st October 
50Tolcarne1st May - 30th September 
51TrevoneEaster Day - 1st October 
St Austell - Fowey Area
52CharlestownAll Year Ban 
53Crinnis BeachAll year Ban 
54Duporth BeachAll year Ban 
55Pentewan BeachAll year Ban 
56PolgaverEaster Day - 1st October 
57Polkerris BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
58Porthpean BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
59Readymoney BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
60Whitehouse BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
Looe and South East Cornwall
61Cawsand BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
62East Looe BeachAll year Ban 
63Fiinygook BeachEaster Day - 1st October 
64Lansallos CoveEaster Day - 1st October 
65Millendreath BeachAll year Ban 
66PortwrinkleEaster Day - 1st October 
Tintagel and North Cornwall
67Crackington HavenEaster Day - 1st October 
68CrookletsEaster Day - 1st October 
69Marsland MouthEaster Day - 1st October 
70Widemouth BayEaster Day - 1st October (North Beach Only) 
Isles of Scilly
71Old Town Bay1st May - 30th September 
72Porthcressa1st May - 30th September 
73Porthmellon1st May - 30th September 

  Dog Friendly Beaches
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 
13Lamorna Cove 
15Mexico Towans 
17Pedn Vounder 
18Penberth Cove 
19Peter's Point 
20Piskies Cove 
21Porth Sampson 
22Portheras Cove 
23Porthkidney Sands 
24Progo Beach 
25Prussia Cove 
26Riviere Towans 
28Salt Ponds 
29Stackhouse CoveDog friendly all year round 
30Steps Beach 
31Temis Cove 
32Treen Cove 
33Trenow Cove 
34Trevelyan Cove 
35Upton to St Peter's Point 
36Venton Cove 
37Wherrytown Larigan river to Newlyn 
Lizard Peninsula
38Cadgwith Cove East 
39Caerthillian Cove 
40Carleon Cove 
42Dollar Cove 
43Gew Graze 
44Gillian Harbour 
45Gunwalloe Fishing Cove 
46Kennack Sands East 
48Loe Bar 
49Men aver BeachDog friendly all year round 
50Men-aver BeachDog friendly all year round 
51Mullion Cove 
52Ogo Dour Cove 
53Pentreath Beach 
55Polnare CoveDogs allowed all year round. 
56Polpeor Cove 
58Rinsey Cove 
59Rinsey Cove (Porthcew) 
Redruth - St Agnes Area
60Bassett's Cove 
61Trevaunance CoveDogs must be kept on leads 
Truro - Falmouth Area
62Bream Cove 
63Carne BeachDogs must be kept on leads between 9am and 6pm 
64Cellars Beach 
65Colona Beach 
66Creek Stephen Beach 
69Gatamala Cove 
70Gorran HavenDogs must be kept on a lead, Easter to Sep 30th 
71Grebe Beach 
72Hemmick Beach 
73Loe Beach 
74Parson's Beach 
75Pendower BeachDogs should be on leads between 9am and 6pm from the 1st May until the 30th September 
76Pill Creek Beach 
77Polgwidden Cove 
79Porth Beor 
80Porth Saxon Beach 
81Porthallack Beach 
82Porthbean Beach 
83Porthcurnick Beach 
86PortloeDogs are allowed on Portloe Beach all year round 
87Prisk Cove 
88Rosemullion Beach 
90West Portholland 
Newquay - Padstow Area
91Bedruthan Steps 
92Booby's Bay 
93Constantine Bay 
95Daymer Bay 
96Epphaven Cove 
98Great Western (Towan) 
99Harlyn Bay 
100Holywell Bay 
101Little Fistral 
102Lundy Beach 
103Mawgan Porth 
104Mother Ivey's Bay 
105Newtrain Bay 
106Pentire Steps 
107PerranporthDogs must be kept on short leads
July to September between 10am and 5pm 
108Perransands or Penhale Beach (Perran Beach) 
109Porth Joke 
110Porthcothan Bay 
111Treyarnon Bay 
112Watergate Bay 
St Austell - Fowey Area
113Coombe Beach 
115Hallane Beach 
116Lantivet Beach 
117Palace Cove near Lantivet Beach 
118Par Beach 
119Polgwyn Beach 
120Polridmouth Beach 
121Spit Beach 
122Watch House Cove 
Looe and South East Cornwall
126Lansallos Beach 
127Lantic Bay 
128Oldhouse Cove 
129Plaidy Beach 
132Skinner's Ball Beach 
133Talland BayDogs must be kept on leads 
134Tregantle Beach 
135Whitsand Bay 
Tintagel and North Cornwall
136Benoath Cove 
137Bossiney Haven 
139Holocombe Beach 
140Millook Haven 
141Northcott Mouth 
142Sandy Mouth 
143Stanbury Mouth 
144SummerleazeDogs must be kept on leads, 21st May to 30th Septempber 10am - 6pm 
145The Strangles 
146Trebarwith Strand 
147Tregardock BeachDogs allowed all year round 
148Widemouth Bay (South beach only) 
Isles of Scilly
149Apple Tree BeachDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
150Bathinghouse PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
151Beady Pool 
152Bread & Cheese Cove 
153Castle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
154Cook's PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
155Cove Vean 
156Cradle PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
157Dropnose Porth 
158Great Bay 
159Great Porth 
160Green Bay 
161Green PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
162Kitchen Porth 
163Lawrence's Bay 
164Little Porth Beach 
165Par Beach 
166Pentle BayDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
167Periglis Beach 
168Perpitch Beach 
169Porth Askin 
170Porth Conger 
171Porth Coose 
172Porth Killier 
173Ravens PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
174Rushy Bay 
175Rushy PorthDogs must be kept on a lead at all times 
176St Warner's Cove 
177Stinking Porth 
178Stony Porth 
179The Bar 
180The Bar 
181The Cove 
182The Cove 
183Town 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

Send a picture of your dog enjoying Cornwall and be featured in our Doggie Gallery

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:

101 Isles of Scilly


For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

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