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Dog Friendly Beaches: Your guide to the best dog friendly beaches close to our Stonerush Lakes and Southern Halt sites

13 March 2019
You’re eager to feel the sand between your toes and your pooch is itching to chase a ball across golden sands or go for a dip. After all, being within easy reach of lots of beaches and coves is one of the most beautiful things about Cornwall.

The good news is there are plenty of dog friendly beaches close by that allow dogs all year round, and even more that allow them during the winter season from November until Easter.

With more than 300 beaches around the coast of Cornwall, it’s definitely worth doing your homework before you set out to avoid wasting time on the ones where there’s a seasonal or complete dog ban in place. To help out, here’s our guide to our favourite dog friendly beaches within easy reach of our sites.

Best hidden gem: Lantic Bay

This stunning coastal gem is not the easiest to reach by land, but boy is it worth it - and the half hour walk from the car park makes a great start to your dog walk. Located on the South coast between Fowey and Polperro this has to be one of the most stunning beaches in all of Cornwall.

Park in the National Trust car park about a mile east of Polruan and then follow the well-signed route across the road, into a field and wait for the first view from the hilltop of this absolute beauty of a bay set beneath high verdant cliffs with white sand and clear, turquoise waters.

At high tide you’ll find two coves here - Little Lantic and Great Lantic. You can easily walk between the two when the tide’s out and there are also secluded coves at the western end waiting to be explored - just take care not to get cut off by the returning waves. The shoreline shelves steeply making this a great place to visit by boat and you’ll often see kayaks arriving and yachts anchored just off the bay. It’s also a good place for a dip but do stay aware as there can be strong currents and it isn’t life-guarded.

Dog friendly all year round
Post code: PL23 1NH (approx.)
OS Map reference: SX 1467 5069

Best to take a step back in time: Readymoney Cove

Nestled in the heart of old Fowey, the brilliantly named Readymoney Cove allows dogs in the winter season (30th September – Easter). An easy walk from the centre of town with all its great shops and restaurants, this sheltered, sandy cove has St Catherine’s Castle on one side and medieval Fowey on the other. It’s also overlooked by a former coach house that was the home of author Daphne Du Maurier for a few years during World War 2 - she wrote Hungry Hill whilst living here.

All this makes it a worthy stop on a wider winter walk to explore Fowey’s historic and literary connections. And if you walk along the waterfront, you’ll be following the Saints Way - the final part of the ancient pilgrim’s route to the town.

Experienced walkers may also enjoy taking the South West Coast Path to other beaches including Polridmouth which welcomes dogs all year round and Polkerris where you can take fido in the off-season.

Dog friendly from 30th September until Easter
Post code: PL23 1JH (approx.)
OS Map reference: SX 1187 5103

Best to get away from it all: Polridmouth Cove

Polridmouth Cove is rarely busy as access is not immediate but for dog walkers this is a great spot to combine a leafy walk along wooded farm tracks with a beach visit.

At high tide there is very little beach at all, so it’s well worth checking the tides and timing your visit when the water’s low and there are two distinct beaches. Located between Fowey and Gribbin Head this sheltered spot is safe for swimming, although there is no lifeguard on duty. There’s a car park just ten minutes along the farm track or the pleasant walk from Fowey will take you a couple of hours.

Dog friendly all year round
Post code: PL24 2TN (approx)
OS Map reference: SX 1031 5027

Best for families with dogs: Talland Bay

Talland Bay is easily accessible from both Looe and Polperro along the South West Coast path and sitting as it does on a Heritage Coast and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this is a real unspoilt treat of a beach. It’s about a 3-4 mile walk from both towns.

Again there are really two beaches here and plenty of space for dogs to run. Talland Sand is the westerly of the two coves with smaller Rotterdam Beach on the other side, overlooked by St Tallan’s Church. The rocks here have a range of colours in them including red, purple, pale green and grey.

Talland Sand is well equipped with a car park, toilets, shop and a café with tables overlooking the beach. There’s plenty of rock pools to explore, safe swimming, fishing and snorkelling and dogs are welcome all year round making this a great spot to spend a relaxing day with all the family. Dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover tales of ship wrecks and smuggling at these still secluded coves. In 1922 a French steam trawler, the Marguerite, hit the rocks here. Fortunately, the crew were all rescued, but look carefully and you can still see the ship’s boiler marooned in the middle of the bay at low tide.

Dog friendly all year round
Post code: PL13 2JA (approx)
OS Map reference: SX22 78 5118

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