• Alex Batho

10 of the best dog-friendly beaches in cornwall

Taking your dog on holiday to Cornwall? Well you should be, because not only are there are some amazing walks to do, but there are also loads of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall. Here are some of our favourites.

Blackrock at Widemouth (Bude)

Blackrock stretches out to the south of Widemouth Bay Beach near Bude. You’ll know it by the big black rocky outcrop that gives the beach its name. Here you’ll find rockpools aplenty and a stretch of sand to run free on (you or your dog). Expect to meet plenty of other four-legged friends.

Hannafore Beach (Looe)

Dog-friendly Hannafore Beach has plenty going for it - a long promenade, cafes and kiosks, plus views out to Looe Island. The beach itself is mostly shingle with a bit of sand, and remains dog-friendly all year round.

Holywell Bay

You might recognise National Trust-owned Holywell Bay, just down the road from Newquay, as one of the locations from Poldark. If not, it won’t take you long to see why this place was chosen as a TV location. It’s stunning and a great place to walk your dog, with its huge stretch of golden sand, rolling dunes, and booming surf as a soundtrack.

Harbour Cove (Padstow)

A beautifully sheltered beach at the mouth of the Camel Estuary, with Padstow just around the corner, Harbour Cove is an absolute winner. Open to dogs all year and best visited at low tide when there are lots of shallow pools to splash about in.

Loe Beach

Located almost exactly between Falmouth and Truro, in the village of Feock. Not a massive beach, but a lovely little sheltered spot to explore, with decent facilities.

Pedn Vounder

Pedn Vounder is a guaranteed treat - for both you and your dog. Not only is this a great dog-friendly beach, it must rank as one of the UK’s best beaches full stop. With its white sand and crystal-clear tropical-looking waters, it almost feels more like the Caribbean than Cornwall.


Mile-long stretch of sand near Carbis Bay and St Ives, dog-friendly all year round. When the tide goes out here, the sandy expanse can feel almost limitless. You’ll have no problem tiring your dog out here.

Porthmeor Cove

Not to be confused with Porthmeor Beach, Porthmeor Cove is a small shingle cove between Zennor and Morvah. It’s a compact little spot, but absolutely beautiful, made all the better by its relative isolation. Your dog will love the walk to get here.


If you download Dog Walks App, you’ll find a brilliant free route at Portreath, including splendid cliff scenery and a delightful stroll through Tehidy Country Park – ideal for dogs. Your dog will likely enjoy Tehidy Woods, where they can run off lead and if they have enough energy left, they can run around on Portreath Beach (between September and July). Click here to download the app now.

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is equally popular with humans and dogs. For dogs, there’s a sandy expanse with rockpools to explore (where they’re welcome all year round); for humans there’s all of the above plus somewhere great to eat too - a pit-stop at the Beach Hut is a must.

Looking for more dog walks in Cornwall? Download Dog Walks App now.