Where can I take my dog in Cornwall? – The best dog friendly spots

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Finding places that are dog friendly while away with the family on holiday can sometimes be challenging. You find yourself asking questions like:

  • Where are dog friendly beaches near me?
  • What local tourist attractions allow dogs?
  • Where can I take my dog for a walk?

In this article we aim to provide the best source of information for dog owners travelling to Cornwall, so you can plan ahead for your holiday and make sure all of the family (including your pets) enjoy their time away.

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

We’ll start out with everyone’s favourite, the beach! And there’s nothing our dogs love more than running for miles and miles on golden sandy coastlines, splashing around in the sea and playing fetch until we can’t throw any more.

Unfortunately you can’t take your dog to any beach of your choice, you have to be careful and do some research to make sure that there are no dog restrictions by the local council, often restrictions apply on beaches that attract a large amount of tourists during the summer months.

It’s not all bad news though, there are some great dog friendly Cornwall beaches that have no dog restrictions all year round, and we’ve done the hard work for you with our list below.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Not only is Fistral Beach dog friendly all year round but it also boasts a large surfing attraction during the summer as it’s not unusual to see waves of up to 8ft, watching the surfing while walking your dog is an excellent addition to the day out.

This gorgeous beach stretches 750 metres, so there’s plenty of space to wander or find a nice spot and spend the day there with the family. During the peak season there’s a beach-side cafe that serves seaside snacks and drinks.

Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Summerleaze Beach is an excellent choice for the entire family where lifeguards operate from 5th May through 30th September.

This beach is superbly located just a short walk from central Bude. Featuring a beach cafe and a salt-water swimming pool that’s naturally cleaned with the tide. One of our favourites in our list of dog friendly Cornwall beaches.

Harlyn Bay, Padstow

This beautiful bay in Padstow is ideal for dog walking with a wide open area of sand, your dogs are free to run around and enjoy life. There are also some walking paths that stem out from the beach to Trevose Head and Mother Ivey’s Bay.

If anyone in the family is interested in trying out surfing or sea kayaking, this is the place to do it. Harlyn Bay is considered one of the safest beaches in the county for water sports beginners.

Seaton Beach, Looe

This pebble stone beach offers a wonderful scenic dog walk, with over a mile of coastline and features a level beach-side walking area.

The location of this beach could also be a starting point for a day out as the coastal path leads to the nearby village of Beer. The village offers a range of shops and entertainment, or you can have a casual stroll around the beautiful gardens and admire the dated village architecture.

Pedn Vounder, Porthcurno

Pedn Vounder, located at the very south east of Cornwall is surrounded by spectacular cliff walls. The bay was once a somewhat secret spot, rarely visited by tourists but in recent years has become much more popular.

To the east of the beach resides the famous Logan Rock, which is a granite block weighing approximately 70 tons and can be rocked backwards and forwards by just one person. A must-see if you’re visiting this bay while in Cornwall.

Kenneggy Sands, Penzance

A southern facing, wide crescent shaped beach located in between Prussia Cove and Praa Sands. This beach is very flat and while that’s ideal for dog walking, may not be suited for families as a flat surface provides little resistance to incoming tides and therefore happens quite quickly.

If travelling with children in this area the adjacent beaches may be better suited for a day out.

Gorran Haven, Mevagissey

This not-so dog friendly beach still allows dogs all year round however must be kept on leads. Despite this minor restriction, it would make a wonderful day out with the family.

A very popular bay and with car parking for up to 500 cars, a beach shop, pub and kayaks available for hire makes this ideal for everyone. Just remember to take an extendable lead so your pets can join in on the fun too.

Watergate Bay, (near) Newquay

Located just 3 miles from Newquay this spectacular large bay is one of our favourites on this list. The beach offers 2 miles of golden sand perfect for walking your dog and if sand isn’t your thing then you can attempt the 45 minute walk to Newquay through the hills and valleys.

A popular location in the summer for surfing and kite surfing makes for excellent viewing as you’re enjoying a pleasant walk across this bay. Easy access, with two car parks and lifeguard cover in the peak season, so your mind can be at ease if you’re travelling with children.

Trebarwith Strand, Tintagel

One of the most easy to access beaches in this area, during low tide the beautiful golden sand stretches almost a mile out, perfect for energetic dogs to tire themselves out.

If you’re planning on visiting this beach though, it’s best to check the tide times as at high tide the water reaches the cliff edge and you’ll be at risk of getting cut off.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer there are several caves at the base of the cliffs, some of which are quite deep. Or if you’re not one for exploring in to the unknown there are many rock pools to admire the marine wildlife waiting for the next high tide.

Mexico Towans, Hayle

Mexico Towans is a 4 mile wide, open sandy beach backed by sand dunes and located nearby the town of St. Ives. Dogs are allowed all year round on the central stretch of this beach.

Popular with families in the summer months as the usual conditions are very good for swimming however be sure to take note of lifeguard advice on weather and tide conditions during your visit.

Features a nearby car park with access to the beach, and at the north end there are cafes and toilets available.

Dog friendly days out in Cornwall

Dog friendly beaches are generally quite easy to find in Cornwall, finding family days out however can be somewhat more challenging. We’ll try and keep this list updated as best we can with information on dog friendly tourist attractions in Cornwall so you can plan your day without disappointment upon arrival with your four legged friends.

Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Starting with one of the best on this list, Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary, run by The Sealife Trust offers a new home to unfortunate sick or injured seals that are washed up on to the Cornwall coastline.

This sanctuary would make for an excellent day out with the kids with activities such as underwater viewing areas, pirate play area, daily talks and feeding of the seals, and trail-based activities.

And the main reason why we mentioned the seal sanctuary first is because they are super dog friendly and encourage you to bring them along. The sanctuary advertises on their website and on their leaflet that they’re dog friendly so you’re sure to have no problems at all upon arrival with dogs here. Just remember to take your poo bags.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Enjoy a day out in to the past at this magnificent castle which has now been traced back 450 years and uncovered that it was one of Henry VIII’s strongholds, and also served as a Second World War base protecting the Cornish coast.

Pendennis Castle has been brought to life with renovations in recent years, an excellent day out for the kids with guided tours and an interactive experience with the sights and sounds of battle throughout.

During the peak season events are held such as the very popular jousting competition. This castle is a must-visit local attraction and of course, as with all of our recommendations on this page dogs are very welcome, even inside the buildings.

Tehidy County Park, Camborne

Tehidy County Park is a dog’s paradise, the most extensive area of woodland in West Cornwall, 250 acres and over 9 miles of colour coded designated path ways.

There are 5 main access points to the woodland (with car parks) and as you explore you’ll find lakes and streams, along with a cafe and picnic area for a bit of chill time and a bite to eat.

If you’re travelling with the family this would make for a peaceful, relaxing day out enjoying what nature has to offer. Dogs are allowed off lead but under control.

Eden Project, St. Austell

Awarded Best UK Leisure Attraction by the British Travel Awards for 5 years running, you cannot visit Cornwall without visiting Eden Project.

The Biomes at Eden Project take you in to a new world with different climates in each. The Rainforest Biome is the world’s largest greenhouse. As you explore the tropical Biomes you’ll experience the sights, the smells and the huge scale of the project.

Dogs are allowed here but unfortunately not in the Biomes, however there are miles of pathways around the outdoor gardens which are sure to keep them occupied for the day.

Trengwaiten Gardens, Penzance

For those green-fingered gardeners in the family Trengwaiten Gardens is sure to tick all the boxes. A peaceful paradise surrounded by walls cutting you off from the surrounding towns in to a garden with the most spectacular species of plants and flowers.

Dog friendly and an ideal for a day out with the family, with children’s trails designed to keep them busy and a menu to suit at the garden’s tearoom.

Idless Woods, Truro

Not quite Tehidy-size woodland but if you’re in the area of Truro, Idless Woods is a lovely spot for dog walking. Regardless of the time of year you visit, this woodland captures every aspect of every season and is filled with wildlife.

There is one main car park entrance which follows the stream and from there you can choose to take a number of pathways in to the 2.8 miles of mixed woodland. The stream winds throughout the wooded area and is accessible along the pathways for when your dogs need to rest and rehydrate.

Tintagel Castle, Tintagel Island

The fascinating and mysterious ruins of Tintagel Castle located on North Cornwall’s coast is a great choice for a day out in Cornwall.

The main focus of this site is around King Arthur, historians believe he could have been born here and there is an audio/visual introductory tour “Searching for King Arthur”.

A suitable day out for all of the family including dogs and children, it is worth noting however that the walk to the castle from the car park includes at least 100 steep steps. There’s a recently refurbished shop on site, usual visitor facilities including toilets and a beach cafe across the road.

Pencarrow House and Gardens, Bodmin

This spectacular Georgian mansion with 50 acres of listed gardens is a dog friendly day out that all the family can enjoy.

During the peak season there are guided tours around the historic house open to the public, Sunday – Thursday 11am – 5pm. (Last tour starting at 3pm) The site also has a restaurant and craft shop.

Dogs are to be kept on leads throughout the house but are free to roam off lead in the acres of woodland surrounding the house.

Gardens are open to the public from 1st March – 31st October 10am – 5.30pm

Prideaux Place, Padstow

Another historic house on our list of dog friendly days out in Cornwall, Prideaux Place is an outstanding house which is still lived in by the same family that built it.

Set on 40 acres of land with it’s own Deer Park, this house features rooms from different ages from Elizabethan to Georgian, a true walk through the ages.

On site is a traditional tearoom for a quick bite to eat or a cream tea with a view overlooking the Deer Park.

Open during peak times from 6th May – 4th October, the grounds and tearoom are open from 12.30pm – 5pm and the house from 1.30pm – 4pm.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey

A paradise for any green-fingered gardeners in the family, this dog friendly outdoor exotic Jungle offers over 200 acres of winding paths throughout the gardens established over two centuries ago.

The Heligan Gardens has a tearoom where you’re welcome to stop off for a morning coffee or cream tea, also offering home-made lunches with fresh produce from the gardens. They also have a bakery from which fresh daily cakes, scones and bread are available.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on short leads year round, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas day when the grounds are closed.

Dog friendly cottages in Cornwall

Now you’ve taken your pick of places to visit in Cornwall with your dog it’s time to find somewhere to stay. Here at DogFriendlies that’s exactly what we do, whether you’re looking for a traditional cottage, log cabin or farm house we’ve got them all and at amazing prices.

View our dog friendly cottages in Cornwall