We’re very lucky to live in Cornwall. There are so many beaches right on our doorstep. Despite the dog ban recently coming into effect, there are still so many dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. Woody and I spent most of last summer exploring as many as possible but there are still so many we haven’t explored yet! Today I thought I’d share with you some of the dog friendly beaches in Cornwall we’d love to visit.
Not many people know this but I’m actually not from Cornwall originally. I grew up just outside London and first moved down to the Duchy to study at Falmouth University (I graduated in Photography, in case you were wondering!) After a brief spell back in the big smoke, I moved back down to Cornwall in summer 2017. This time, I know it’s for good, cities are just not for me!
Woody on the other hand has lived in Cornwall all his life (as far as I’m aware anyway!) Hence why he’s The Cornish Dog! Since adopting Woody in autumn 2017, our spare time has been spent exploring as many beaches as possible. We’re spoilt for choice here in Cornwall and there are still so many we need to tick off our list!
Dog Friendly Beaches in Cornwall We’d Love to Visit
Bassett’s Cove, Portreath
I first heard about Bassett’s Cove after reading Anna from The Cornish Life’s blogpost about it and instantly fell in love! I understand there’s livestock on the walk down, so I’ll have to be careful and keep Woody on the lead. We’ve found the North Cliffs car park, near Tehidy but we’re yet to make it down to the beach itself!
Daymer Bay, Padstow
We visited Padstow a couple of times last year and really enjoyed the walk from Trevose Head to Constantine Bay. I don’t know much about Daymer beach but have definitely fallen in love with the name. I’m looking forward to exploring here someday!
Deadmans Cove/North Cliffs, Godrevy
Deadman’s Cove sparks scenes of pirates and smugglers for me! It’s also known as North Cliffs and I know my friend Frankie visits often. The stretch of coastline between Godrevy and Portreath is a hot spot for seals too. Obviously I wouldn’t let Woody loose on a beach full of them but it’d be amazing to see them from the cliffs above!
Lantic Bay, Fowey
I get a lot of beachspiration from my Cornish friends, Lantic Bay being no exception! Photographer/Illustrator duo Henry and Nyassa (who also run Ruff Seas) recently visited Lantic Bay and it looks like the perfect place for Woody. He loves running across huge sandy beaches and I reckon Lantic Bay will be a huge hit!
Lamorna Cove, Newlyn
I’ve not spent much time in Newlyn at all. I’ve always wanted to visit the Christmas lights in Mousehole (I hear they’re spectacular!) but rarely find myself in that neck of the woods. By the looks of things there are plenty of boulders on this beach, which could be lots of fun for Woody and I. It also sounds like a great place for beach cleaning, who knows what gets washed up in all those nooks and crannies?!
Mother Ivey’s Bay, Padstow
Mother Ivy’s bay is just around the corner from Trevose Head (where we explored last year!) I hear there’s an RNLI Lifeboat Station here, which has recently been refurbished. Did you know RNLI Lifeboat Stations are usually dog friendly? I’ve visited a few with Woody before and love reading about all the shouts the brave volunteers have attended.
Plaidy Beach, Looe
Woody and I fell in love with Looe last year and enjoy visiting throughout the year. Hannafore beach is one of our favourites (dog friendly all year of course!) As always, I’m eager to explore more dog friendly beaches in Cornwall and Plaidy is definitely on the list!
Porthcurnick, The Roseland
Before starting The Cornish Dog, I used to work on the Roseland Peninsula, near Veryan if you wanted to know. I think the Roseland is under appreciated in Cornwall, from what I’ve seen not too many people explore here. Porthcurnick sounds like a dream and the food from nearby The Hidden Hut looks delicious!
Portheras Cove, St. Just
I’ve heard this beach is popular with locals and is tucked away from the beaten track. It’s also close to Botallack Head, which is a walk I’ve been excited to do for months now! There are plenty of mining ruins scattered along this stretch of the coast path, which I always find fascinating. I feel a summer camping trip to Penzance coming on so we can explore all of these stunning places!
Rinsey Head, Helston
I didn’t know there were many beaches in Helston, I always envisaged the town as ‘landlocked’ when actually it really isn’t! I’ve heard plenty of great things about Rinsey Head and can’t wait to take Woody there. We love a walk with Cornish Heritage and can’t wait to see Wheal Prosper on the cliffs.
Not to be confused with the town in Devon! This beach is apparently popular with families, which I hope means there’ll be plenty of dogs too. It’s named after the River Seaton, which runs from Caradon Hill on Bodmin Moor right down to Downderry.
Fun fact: The first place I ever visited in Cornwall was Bude. I went there when I was 10/11 for a residential school trip (where you stay for a few nights) and it was the best. It was jam packed with abseiling, canadian canoeing and I even saw my first ever starfish! Since moving to Cornwall as an adult, I’ve barely stepped foot in Bude, despite how beautiful it is!
I think I’ve actually been to this beach before but that was pre-Woody and he definitely needs to visit. I think a road trip to Bude might be in order, there are too many beaches up there to explore!
Towan Beach, Newquay
Towan beach is probably the only dog friendly beach in Newquay we are yet to visit. If it’s anything like Crantock, Watergate Bay or Mawgan Porth, I know Woody and I are going to love it!
Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes
We only started exploring the St. Agnes Heritage Coast properly this year. After a bit of research, it turns out there are plenty of dog friendly beaches in this part of Cornwall! Trevaunance cove is the main beach in St. Agnes and there are plenty of parking and amenities nearby. We all know the best beach trips end in a hot chocolate or ice cream (or both of course!)
Whitsand Bay, Torpoint
I’ve seen so many dogs on Instagram enjoying Whitsand Bay (also known as Tregantle beach.) I think it’s high time Woody and I experience it for ourselves. The water looks lush here and we’re suckers for a sandy beach. We can’t wait to visit!
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