A holiday should be enjoyed by all – friends, partners, family – even your beloved pets.
There are so many beautiful places to explore in the UK with stunning walks, dog-friendly country pubs and beaches a plenty but it is often hard to find the perfect place to stay that accommodates both you and your furry friend.
The majority of Beachspoke’s Cornish properties allow dogs and are located within walking distance to the beach. It is often hard to work out which beaches do allow dogs and which don’t as they often change the rules on a seasonal basis. No one wants to be one the receiving end of a stinging fine for not being clued up as to where to walk and where not to so with this in mind, we have put together a collection of some of the best Cornish beaches close to Beachspoke properties for you to explore.
Harbour Moon: Mousehole
Newlyn Tolcarne Beach
Dogs allowed year round: OS grid ref. SW 4672 2827
A short 10 minute walk from Harbour Moon along the coast, this is a pebble beach immediately below Newlyn Green, and close to Newlyn Orion Gallery. A lovely beach stroll can be followed up by a drink and bite to eat at Ben Tunnicliffe’s Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn Harbour serving fresh produce from local growers and catch of the day. With a friendly welcomed guaranteed, well-kept local ales and ciders, and regular live jazz sessions, The Tolcarne Inn is a relaxed setting in which to enjoy Cornwall’s famous food culture at its very best, pooch in toe.
Long Rock Beach
Dogs allowed year round: OS grid ref. SW 4976 3117
This beach is a mix of sand and pebbles and perfect for families. Favoured with Penzance locals as it is the most easily accessible stretch of sandy beach from town.
Swimming here is particularly safe as it takes a lot of walking to get into even waist deep water. Located overlooking the famous St Michael`s mount – the view doesn’t get much better than that whilst taking a dip. Parking is also available in Longrock car park right by the beach.
The remains of Wheal Dream tin mine overlook this quiet, sandy beach. Situated between the harbour and Porthgwidden beach, Bamaluz often goes unnoticed by the majority of visitors. Dogs are welcome here year round and children will enjoy the many rock pools and boulders to explore. There is no lifeguard service and the nearest facilities are at Porthgwidden and at high tide the beach is also greatly reduced in size and can almost disappear on a spring high. From Porthgwidden car park in St Ives are steps leading past Bamaluz beach (this is located directly in front of Beachspoke’s Black Moon property)
Clodgy Point Beach
Dogs allowed year round: Postcode TR26 1JY / OS grid ref. SW 5097 4108
This beach gets its name from the headland that shelters it to the west, Clodgy Point. Despite being separated from Porthmeor beach by a few hundred meters (Clodgy beach is the next cove after Porthmeor beach in St Ives), the golden sand is replaced by a rocky foreshore with a stunning backdrop of rolling fields and dramatic cliffs. When you’ve found somewhere to put your towel down, the abundance of rocks make it a great spot for snorkeling and rock-pooling. For access follow the coast path beyond Porthmeor, past Man’s Head and continue to the next headland (Clodgy Point) from here is it s quick scramble down the cliffs to the cove below.
Other Beaches to Explore From Any of the Beachspoke Properties
Black Cliff Beach
Dogs allowed year round: OS grid ref. SW 5576 3907
Long sandy beach stretching from Hayle Towans to Mexico Towans, sheltered by cliffs. Take the Hayle Towans road through Phillack from Copperhouse, Hayle. Drive to the end of the road, where there is a large car park. The beach can be approached on foot, walking along the beach and dunes.
Mexico Towans Beach
Dogs allowed year round: Postcode TR27 5AF
Part of the long stretch of sandy beaches backed by sand dunes at Hayle. Take the Phillack Road from Copperhouse, Hayle and drive to the car park at the end. The Towans stretch out beyond Black Cliff in the direction of Gwithian.
This is a personal favourite and a secret with the locals, you won’t find any signs to this beach. 10 minute walk from car park. Directions- if you park just down from Pendeen lighthouse and follow the coast path around past boat cove it is the next beach along, it is a tidal beach so go at low, mid or mid to low tide. It has a lovely stream running down onto it where dogs can enjoy a drink from the spring and also lots of places you can get in the shade. This is a real tropical paradise where it feels like you could be anywhere in the world.
Dogs allowed year round: TR19 7TU
Portheras is one of the last remaining truly local beaches in West Cornwall. Located on one of the wildest stretches of Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah it isn’t that easy to find.
Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the beach itself is a lovely sandy cove located at the end of a shallow valley with sheer cliffs at the northern end.
Seals are a common sight here.
Dogs allowed year round
One of Cornwall’s secret coves, Boat Cove is a little cove tucked into an inlet between Pendeen Lighthouse and Portheras Cove on the North coast of West Cornwall. North facing, the beach offers a pleasant diversion if walking this part of the South West Coast Path.
It can be approached best by parking your car at Pendeen Watch Lighthouse and then following the coastal path down towards Portheras Beach. The pleasant 10 minute walk offers the chance to look east up the coast towards Gurnards Head and Zennor. There are fine walks east towards Gurnard’s Head and Zennor, or south and west to the mining districts of Levant, Botallack, and Cape Cornwall, recently immortalised by the BBC’s adaptaption of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ series.
Cot Valley Beach
Dogs allowed all year round – Postcode TR19 7NT
Two small beaches lie close to the end of the pretty Cot Valley and dogs are allowed on both. Porth Nanven is particularly lovely and a good area for birdwatching. There are several pretty coves between here and Cape Cornwall including Priest’s Cove from where a swimming race is held to the outcrop of rocks known as The Brisons.
Dogs allowed year round – Postcode TR19 6JB
Gwenver’s name is derived from Gwynevere of Arthurian legend and it does have a beauty about it. Situated at the base of a grassy cliff the beach is just about secluded and in-accessible enough to not get really crowded. The beach itself is sandy and around 150 metres long. Gwenver joins up with Sennen beach. On a clear day the Scilly Isles can be easily made out from the beach as can the nearby Brisons rocks 1 mile off the coast of Cape Cornwall. Head towards Lands End on the A30 and turn right by the Chapel just before Sennen. There is a car park open in summer at the top off the cliff costing around £1.50. It’s a fair 10-15 mins hike down a well-trodden path from here.
Pedn Vounder Beach
Dogs allowed year round – Postcode TR19 6LF
One of Cornwall’s best beaches with stunning cliffs of Treryn Dinas, crystal clear water and a beautiful sandy beach. On a spring low tide one can walk to Pedn Vounder from neighboring Porthcurno beach but be warned, as the tide comes in you will not only find yourself cut off but facing a climb up the steep cliff “path”. The headland to the east of the beach is the location of the famous Logan Rock, a rectangular block of granite which weighs about 70 tons, and which can be rocked back and forth by one person. Pedn Vounder is an unofficial naturist beach.
There is a car park about 10 minutes walk away in the village of Treen. Otherwise you can walk over from one of the Porthcurno car parks.
Dogs allowed year round – Postcode TR19 6HJ
This is a pebbled slip cove this is where the villagers are filmed in tv series Poldark. Penberth Cove lies on the South Coast of the Land`s End peninsula, some 3½ miles southeast of Sennen Cove. The Cove still supports a small fishing fleet – the boats now being hauled up the slip (or cauance as it is known locally ) by an electric winch, rather than the spectacular capstan.
Penberth never becomes crowded ; though there is good, safe swimming (best at high tide) .There is limited parking for a few cars at the end of the road ; leaving a walk of 200 yds to the Cove. The cliff path passes through the Cove , a good half-day`s walk from Mousehole, and a further hour on to Porthcurno.
There is a car park down the road to the cove.
Guests should be aware that there is a £30.00 surcharge for pets for additional cleaning fee.