Exploring North Cornwall's Best Dog-Friendly Beaches
Welcome to North Cornwall, a paradise for both humans and their furry companions. If you’re a dog lover, you’re in for a treat because in this blog post we’ll be exploring the best dog-friendly beaches in this stunning part of the world.
North Cornwall is known for its rugged coastline, pristine sandy shores, and a warm welcome for our four-legged friends. So, whether you’re a guest at our luxury holiday cottages or a local looking for a new adventure, grab your leash and let’s dive into the pawsome world of dog-friendly beaches in North Cornwall.
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Trebarwith Strand, just a short drive from our cosy holiday cottages, is a cracker of a dog-friendly beach that your furry friends will absolutely adore. With its golden sands, rolling surf and crystal-clear stream, it’s the perfect spot for both two-legged and four-legged family members to unwind and have some fun. Dog-friendly all year round, your canine companions can run freely along the sandy shore, splash in the waves, and explore the rock pools. And, when you’re ready for a break, there’s a welcoming beachside cafe and a pub with a large terrace outside and a cosy conservatory inside, with a roaring log fire, where you can recharge and enjoy the stunning coastal views.
Top tip: do check the tide times (you’ll find a live timetable in your holiday cottage app) as the beach does disappear at high tide!
Harlyn Bay is a must-visit for families with active dogs. One of Padstow’s ‘7 Bays for 7 Days’, the wide sandy beach and gentle waves create the perfect playground for your furry friends. Dogs can run freely along the shore while you soak up the sun. This beach is also renowned for its water sports, so if you have a water-loving dog, bring a ball or frisbee for hours of fun. And after an action-packed day, head along to the famous Pig restaurant to sample some super-fresh seafood caught right here on the coast.
Next up, we have the picturesque Daymer Bay, a favourite of our very own rescue mutt, Lucky Mac, pictured above. Although it’s just around the corner from the ever-popular Polzeath, this sheltered cove is a hidden gem for dog owners. The soft, sandy beach is a pup’s paradise and, as it’s tucked into the sheltered Camel Estuary, it’s a prime spot for water-loving dogs to take a dip. During low tide, the bay connects to Rock Beach, giving you even more room to explore. There’s also plenty of space for picnics and sunbathing, making it a great spot for the whole family.
If your dog enjoys long, scenic walks, Constantine Bay is the place to be. Another of the 7 Bays around Padstow, this expansive beach is nestled between cliffs and dunes, providing a peaceful escape for you and your four-legged companion. The waves are great for a splash, and the soft sand invites you to take a leisurely stroll. The nearby village of St. Merryn offers dog-friendly pubs and shops, making it a convenient stop after your beach adventure. Parking is limited but there’s plenty just a short stroll away at neighbouring Booby’s Bay and Treyarnon.
Harbour Cove, a hidden gem just a short walk from the bustling town of Padstow, offers a tranquil escape that feels like a world away. This serene and secluded beach, known locally as Tregirls, is a well-kept secret, cherished by those in the know. Even during the busiest seasons, you can savour the serenity of Harbour Cove, thanks to its off-the-beaten-track location. This quiet beach welcomes your furry companions all year round, making it an ideal spot for a peaceful day out. The calm waters, soft sands, and unspoiled natural beauty make it a perfect spot for a quiet beach picnic, a romantic stroll, or simply unwinding while your dogs frolic in the sand. At low tide it connects with neighbouring Hawker’s Cove where you’ll find an excellent dog-friendly cafe for a well-earned Cornish cream tea.
Top tip: the cafe closes during inclement weather, check their Facebook page for updates
Treyarnon Bay is another gem on the North Cornwall coastline. Its crystal-clear waters and sandy shores are perfect for dogs who love to swim. There’s also a natural swimming pool, which is great for dogs and kids alike. The rugged cliffs surrounding the beach provide excellent hiking opportunities with stunning panoramic views. After a day of adventure, you can unwind at the Trey Bay YHA Cafe, a dog-friendly café serving delicious treats for both humans and canines.
Although diminutive in size, Port Gaverne beach is a true haven for dog lovers. This picturesque cove boasts a mixture of golden sands and shingle. Its calm, turquoise waters are popular with wild swimmers, making it an ideal spot for your furry friends to frolic and splash about too. The best part? It’s a year-round dog-friendly destination, perfect for those seeking a quieter Cornish escape outside of peak season. Let your pups explore the rocky nooks, take in the salty sea breeze, and enjoy quality family time by the shore. Afterwards, you can all head to either the charming local pub or the cafe for a well-deserved meal.
Rock beach is a canine paradise with an extra dose of coastal charm. Dogs are warmly welcomed on this sandy shore year-round, so your furry pals can join in the family fun by the sea. After a day of beachcombing and watching people messing about in boats, head to the delightful local pubs and cafes where you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a refreshing drink or a tasty treat. But that’s not all – the highlight of Rock beach is the convenient ferry ride across the Camel Estuary to Padstow, a foodie haven. So, leash up your pups and embark on a scenic journey to explore the bustling streets and delectable cuisine on the other side. It’s a delightful experience that’ll make your Cornish getaway truly memorable.
Although there are dog restrictions during the main season, no guide to the best beaches in North Cornwall would be complete without giving Polzeath a mention. It’s a haven for families and their four-legged members. Located just a stone’s throw from our luxury cottages near Port Isaac, this beach is perfect for dogs who love to chase waves and dig in the sand. The golden sands are ideal for a leisurely stroll or an energetic game of fetch. When the tide is out, rock pools appear, creating endless opportunities for exploration. And don’t forget to check out some of the fantastic beachfront cafes, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while your dog takes a well-deserved nap.
Dog restrictions apply from 10am to 6pm between 15th May and 30th September.
Although the main section of Widemouth Bay has dog-restrictions during the summer months, the southern end, known as Black Rock, is dog-friendly all year round. It’s a scenic drive from our holiday cottages, and a paradise for both two-legged and four-legged visitors alike. Let your furry companions run free on the vast expanses of sand, chase waves, and explore the fascinating rock pools. With breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, with its fascinating rock formations, it’s a perfect spot for leisurely strolls or a spot of surfing. And when hunger strikes, you can all head to the nearby dog-friendly cafe or enjoy a walk to the Weir restaurant near Bude to refuel.
North Cornwall is a dog-friendly paradise just waiting to be explored. With its diverse range of beaches, there’s something for every dog and their owner to enjoy. Whether you’re visiting our luxury holiday cottages or you’re a local looking for a new adventure, these 10 best dog-friendly beaches in North Cornwall are sure to leave paw prints on your heart.
So, pack a beach towel, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready for unforgettable seaside adventures in this stunning corner of the UK.
We hope this guide helps you make the most of your time in North Cornwall, creating beautiful memories with your furry friends. Enjoy the sun, sand, and salty breeze, and remember to respect local regulations and keep our beaches clean for all to enjoy.