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Dog-friendly beaches in West Cornwall

Updated: May 23, 2023

We love dogs here at Middle Colenso Farm and two of our cottages, The Old Granary and Smugglers Lane, are pet-friendly. We provide a doggy welcome pack that includes handmade Cornish dog treats and there's even an outdoor shower which is perfect for washing off dirty paws.

There are miles and miles of fantastic walks in this part of Cornwall, not to mention plenty of pubs and restaurants where your four-legged friend will be welcome, but dogs are banned from many beaches during the summer. Consequently one of the questions we're asked most by owners is: 'Are there any beaches where we can take our dogs?'. The good news is, that despite the ban, there are.

There are plenty of places where you can take your dog even during the summer holidays

Here are a selection of dog-friendly beaches, all within easy reach of our cottages.

Coverack is a large sandy beach on the Lizard. Dogs are allowed on a lead during the summer months.

Dollar Cove near Gunwalloe is dog-friendly all year round. Named after the silver dollars washed ashore after a shipwreck, it’s easily reached from the National Trust car park for nearby Church Cove. Church Cove is only open to dogs out of season.

Kennack Sands is close to Lizard Point. Dogs are allowed on the East beach all year round and on the West beach off season.

Longrock Beach, with its spectacular view of St Michael’s Mount, allows dogs on the section between the level crossing to Penzance.

Mexico Towans is part of the long stretch of golden sand that stretches all the way from Hayle to Godrevey. It’s a bit of a climb across the dunes but it’s a lovely spot.

Prussia Cove is just a few minutes down the road. It’s a small beach and a bit of a scramble across the rocks to reach it but dogs are allowed all year round.

Porthkidney Sands near Lelant is a long, sandy stretch of beach where dogs are allowed all year. Take care when walking through the dunes as adders are often spotted in this area.

Porthleven Beach welcomes dogs on its eastern side all year round and a seasonal dog ban on the area of beach to the west.

The doggy welcome basket at Middle Colenso Farm

The dog ban usually runs from Easter to October but make sure you double check on the Cornwall Council website before you set out.

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