Top Dog-Friendly Beaches in North Cornwall UK
Summer is a great time to get out and explore the many dog-friendly beaches in North Cornwall. From endless expanses of sand to dramatic cliff-lined coastlines, there’s something for everyone here. And what could be better than taking your furry friend along for fun? Here are some of our favourite spots to take your dog for a day (or weekend) at the beach.
Porthilly Beach is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque spots and offers three miles of beautiful coastline. The coastal path brings you to this wonderful dog-friendly beach with spectacular views towards St Michael’s Mount. You will pass through the tiny hamlet of Porthilly on the way, which is steeped in history with a stunning 13th-century chapel and fascinating traditional stone cottages.
Whilst you’re here, take a walk along the coastal path to see Porthilly Cove and enjoy the stunning views this unspoilt beach has to offer. And if you’re feeling energetic, why not carry on for another mile of spectacular coastline at Pentire? This is a great dog-friendly walking spot for all the family.
This dog-friendly, family beach is found at the northern end of Crackington Haven. As well as miles of sand to enjoy, Daymer Bay has rock pools for exploring too. There’s also a fantastic children’s play area on the clifftop.
The surrounding coastline is spectacular, and there are plenty of walking opportunities with amazing views across to Crackington Haven and Tintagel. You can visit here all year round, but in the summer, this is a great spot for surfing, body boarding and paddle-boarding too (dogs must be kept on a lead).
Crantock Beach is probably one of Newquay’s most stunning beaches. The golden sand and turquoise water make this a stunning location, even on a cloudy day. It’s very dog friendly, and there’s plenty of space for them to run around. There’s also an adventure playground nearby, and Crantock has great surfing.
You can even hire a surrey bike here to make the most of your day out at the beach. Just watch out for the wrack line on this dog-friendly beach, as it can be dangerous for dogs if they try and eat it! There’s also plenty of evidence of people digging holes in the sand, so take care not to let your dog fall in.
This is one of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches, with miles of golden sands and magnificent views towards the Gribbin headland. Holywell Bay is dog friendly all year round, but it’s especially popular with surfers in the summer months. There are rock pools to explore all year round too.
The vast expanse of sand is great for energetic dogs that love running, but take care of the rocks at the far end of the beach – they can be very slippery and dangerous with dogs! This is a great place to enjoy traditional seaside fun such as donkey rides, crabbing and fishing, as well as some scenic coastal walks.
Harbour Cove Beach
Found at the heart of Padstow, Harbour Cove Beach is a hidden gem offering miles of golden sand. This dog-friendly beach is perfect for exploring with your furry friend as it’s surrounded by some stunning scenery such as the River Camel and its famous waterfalls. There’s a fantastic children’s play area too, so this is a great spot to visit for an action-packed day out with the whole family.
This beach is very popular with dog walkers so that you can enjoy miles of unspoilt sand and stunning views across to the Camel Estuary.
Dog-Friendly Holiday Lodges in North Cornwall
Dogs are like family members, and many people love to take them on holiday with them. If you’re looking for a dog-friendly beach in North Cornwall, look no further. If you are looking for accommodation please see our selection of dog-friendly holiday lodges in Cornwall.