Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall are easy to find. There are more than 300 miles of sandy beaches to choose from. Many local beaches are dog-friendly the whole year round . And our four-legged family members enjoy a run on the beach as much as we do! Here are some of our local favourites
Some Cornish beaches do have partial bans during the summer months. And some local beaches only welcome our four-legged friends in the evening. It’s always worth checking the signs as times can vary.
But dogs are welcome all year round at 77 Cornish beaches. There is a great choice of dog friendly beaches close to River Valley. And many of our favourite local beaches are on the year-round list.
Close to River Valley
Par Sands is a beach close to River Valley Holiday Park – it’s between Fowey and St Austell so it’s one of our closest beaches.
Gorran Haven is a beach we use as much as we can in the summer after school. In a sheltered valley, off the beaten track the beach is east facing and sandy. Perfect for even the fussiest paws!
Hemmick Beach has a steep walk down to it – the car park is perched on the side of the road before you descend. This is one of the Roseland’s most secret beaches, only 9 miles from St Austell it’s a short drive from River Valley. But like some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, it’s hidden at the end of some very narrow lanes.
Dog friendly National Trust Beaches
Pendower Beach is a good mile long and if your dog likes to get their paws wet this is perfect for swimming and paddling. Pendower is part of an unspoilt stretch of coastline with breathtaking views. The beach is owned by the National Trust and is also a great spot for sandcastles and barbeques.
Carne is side by side to Pendower and shares the same unspoilt views. We love this beach for early morning runs – be mindful of when you arrive as this is a popular beach and parking can fill up quickly on hot summer days.
Porthcurnick has been made famous by some of the TV series filmed here. Dogs are welcome at The Hidden Hut, which is a quirky food place on top of the cliff. The beach is a magnet for visitors with dogs and young families as it is small and sheltered – so perfect for tiny toes and unsteady paws.
If you and your pooch fancy a good stretch the cliff top walk to Portscatho is breathtaking – and you’ll work up an appetite for one of The Hidden Hut’s splendid feast evenings!
Do also check out Porthluney, Portloe, Portscatho these are also lovely beaches and dog-friendly the year round, too