Cornwall Beach Guide for Dog Walkers 2018

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Like many of local Cornwall residents, at Rock Inn we love dogs. Dogs are always welcome with a couple of simple rules. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact for advice on our restrictions. We’ve put together a simple guide to some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall. If you have any more ideas or suggestions, let us know.

  • Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay Beach, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LA

Our close neighbour, Daymer Bay Beach is a beautiful little stretch of golden sand, perfect for families and their dogs. In 2015, Daymer Bay was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for its excellent water quality. From the beautiful views of the Camel estuary and surrounding nature, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot for families and dog owners alike. There is a large carp just before the bay, which as of writing, costs £5 for the day. There is also a well sized café and shop adjacent to the car park. There are public toilets available, however at a charge. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Harlyn Bay Beach

Harlyn Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SQ

Famous for being one of the safest beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay Beach is a firm favourite with surfers, families, and four-legged friends alike. In 2015, Harlyn Bay Beach was also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for having excellent water quality. The beach boasts beautiful scenic views that are breath-taking on a sunny summer’s day. There are toilet and car parking facilities and also refreshments sold on the beach. During Easter and the summer, the RNLI are a reassuring presence and always happy to educate young and curious minds. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY

Fistral Beach is the home of British surfing and a beautiful family favourite all year round. There are excellent facilities on offer to enjoy the day. If you fancy a shot at the waves, you can hire all manner of equipment and accessories at the Fistral Beach Surf School. Dogs will love exploring the rock pools and running along the vast coastline. After a run around you could wind down in the dog-friendly beach café. Fistral Beach is also disability friendly, with disabled toilets and a sand chair available from the Fistral Beach Surf Shop. There is a 250-space car park with charges varying throughout the year. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Dollar Cove, near Gunwalloe

Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe, Helston, TR12 7QE

Dollar Cove is the common name for Jangye-Ryn beach, just northwest of Gunwalloe’s Church Cove. Dollar cove is famous for being the alleged site of a late 18th century shipwreck. Legend has it that a Spanish treasure ship full of silver dollars wrecked on the beach, scattering the bounty. The site is also more recently famous for being a location on the BBC drama, Poldark. Dollar Cove is dog-friendly all year round. However, make sure you are at the correct cove, the adjoining church cove and Poldhu Cove have seasonal dog bans. Approximately 100 yards away there is a sizeable National Trust run car park. National Trust members can park for free. There are also refreshments available from the local farm, where public toilets are also located. For more information, check out National Trust.

  • Great Western Beach

Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE

Great Western Beach is so named due to the Great Western Railway line that was popular between 1876 and 1960. This amazing direct access to such a great beach attraction made Great Western Beach in Newquay a firm favourite for the whole family. Well behaved dogs and owners are allowed all year round, with spare doggy bags available from the surf shop office. It’s worth checking the tide times, as to get the most out of the beach it is best to go at low tide. There is a public car park located near the Railway Station. There are also public toilets and refreshment facilities available. For more information, visit Great Western Beach.

Top Tips

Treating the furry member of the family to a run along a beach can be a great way to spend a family day out. These top tips will make sure you’ll have a fun and safe day.

  • Always take plenty of doggy bags for your perfect pooch. Not only will you be certain to use them yourself, no doubt a fellow dog owner will forget or run out of their own.
  • It may be worth investing in the Cornish invention, Dicky Bag. Not every beach will have bins to pop the poop in and this handy invention will store the bag until you can find suitable disposal. It boasts inbuilt odour preventing devices and is great storage for bags.
  • Be prepared for things you will need during the day. Make sure you have a bottle of fresh water, a stash of dry treats, and a towel. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to go home and you’ve got a wet backseat full of sand.
  • Always keep your four-legged friend close by and within eye-sight. It only takes a second for something to go wrong and for them to end up in a dangerous situation.

After you’ve spent the day running around with your furry friend, you’re going to need a hearty, filling, quality tasting dinner to finish the day. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.

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