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16th January 2017 | Regional News

A Dog’s Guide to Cornwall’s Finest Beaches

With nearly 300 miles of glorious coastline, Cornwall is the perfect destination for a winter walk. Its unique and magical shoreline is made up of over 400 beaches and coves, which are great for exploring and learning about the region’s history.

With summer now a distant memory, your four-legged friend can roam free on many of the region’s beautiful beaches – as most seasonal walking restrictions are lifted throughout winter. This means that your dog can explore Cornwall’s picturesque coastline with you.

From Crantock Beach to Watergate Bay, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s best dog friendly beaches – so you and your pooch can have a barking good time on your next trip to Cornwall.

Crantock Beach

Popular with surfers for its clear blue waters and rolling waves, dogs are welcome at Crantock Beach all year round. This is the perfect beach to give your dogs a good run around, as the golden sand stretches over a mile, giving you and your pet plenty of space to play.


Video sourced from Phillip James

Within walking distance of Crantock Beach Holiday Park, the beach is an ideal place for families, as there are plenty of rock pools and caves to explore. If your four-legged friend doesn’t like the sand, then the cliffs surrounding the beautiful beach also make for a great walk too.

Be sure to check out the left side of the beach at low tide, where a woman’s face is carved into the rock. Next to the face there is a poem, which reads ‘Mar not my face but let me be, Secure in this lone cave by the sea, Let the wild waves around me roar, Kissing my lips for evermore’. Legend has it that a hundred years ago, a local woman got swept away by the tide while horse riding along the beach, and her heartbroken lover carved her face and the poem into the rock.

Seaton Beach

Located at the mouth of the River Seaton just 10 minutes away from Looe Bay Holiday Park is Seaton Beach. This beautiful long stretch of sand is perfect for families, including dogs, as they can run free on the beach all year round!

The beach is easily accessible from the car park, and in 2014 a slope was built to improve access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. If you fancy taking a break from the beach, there are numerous shops and a lovely café to relax in nearby.

If your dog enjoys a long walk, this beach runs along to Downderry Beach, which is also dog-friendly. If the tide is high, you might even be lucky enough to see local fishermen casting their lines.


Video sourced from Mike Artherton

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is the ideal beach for dogs, as they are free to explore the beautiful surroundings all year round. There are many rock pools that they can take a sniff around, and the two miles of golden sand is sure to tire out your four-legged friend.

Only 10 minutes from Newquay Holiday Park, Watergate Bay hosts spectacular waves, making it a hot spot for surfers and families.


Video sourced from Secret South West

At Watergate Bay you’ll never be stuck for something to do, as there are plenty of local amenities where you can take a break from your winter walk. One place where your dog can join you for a bite to eat and a sit down is The Beach Hut, a relaxed restaurant where you can enjoy the view of the bay.

Poldhu Cove Beach

Poldhu Cove Beach, sometimes known as Black Pool Cove, is a lovely sandy beach, just under 10 minutes away from Mullion Holiday Park. Between 30th September and Easter Sunday, dogs can run free on this beautiful beach.


Video sourced from Peter Munster

This stunning coastline on the Lizard Peninsula offers many beautiful winter walks, with breathtaking views around the cove. It’s also a great place to take your pooch, as the cliffs give the beach a secluded feeling, meaning you can keep a close eye on your furry friend.

The area is famous for being the place in which the first transatlantic radio signal was sent from in 1901, and a few hundred metres along the cliffs you will see a monument dedicated to inventor Marconi, who sent the first ever wireless signal. This popular beach is now a favourite amongst tourists, locals, surfers, and wildlife watchers.

If you’ve visited any dog friendly beaches this winter, we’d love to hear about it on our Twitter page.

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