Paws for Celebration: Cornwall’s New Dog Beach Bans

Published: Thursday 5th Mar 2020

It’s great news for our four-legged friends: Cornwall’s seasonal dog beach ban has been reduced from four months to two!

Summer is a fantastic month in Cornwall. With temperatures rising, plenty of daylight hours and a stunning coastline begging to be explored, the county’s plethora of gorgeous beaches are naturally top of the agenda. But up until this year, the restrictions imposed by the county’s seasonal dog ban have made it hard for four-legged visitors and their owners to enjoy this glorious time of year to its fullest.

But all this is about to change. Thanks to new regulations brought in by Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, following a largescale public survey, dog restrictions on Cornish beaches will be reduced from four months to just two. Originally spanning from May until September, the restrictions will now only be in place in July and August (except on beaches with Blue Flag status) and limited to the hours between 10am and 6pm – fantastic news for pups.

As well as granting dog-owners and their floppy-eared pals access to beaches throughout the summer, the new regulations will also make rules easier to follow. Commenting on the existing restrictions, Rob Nolan stated: “At present they are different from place to place – some are 24 hours, some start at 7am. This is complicated and confusing, particularly for our visitors, so harmonising dates to two months, and times to 8 hours a day, will make them easier to comprehend and to enforce.”

So which beaches does this affect?

As well as Cornwall’s year-round dog-friendly beaches, our canine pups will be allowed on the following beaches from September to June throughout the day and from 1st July to 31st August outside of the hours of 10am and 6pm:

Cadgwith Cove, Cadgwith

Castle Beach, Falmouth

Cawsand Beach, Cawsand

Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes

Church Cove, Gunwalloe

Crackington Havern, Bude

Crooklets Beach, Bude

Great Western Beach, Newquay

Harveys Towans, Hayle

Housel Bay, the Lizard

Kennack Sands Beach, the Lizard

Kynance Cove, the Lizard

Maenporth Beach, Falmouth

Mousehole Beach (to Skilly Beach), Mousehole

Newlyn Beach to Battery Rocks, Newlyn

Penzance Harbour to Marazion, Penzance

Perranuthnoe, near Marazion

Poldhu Beach, Mullion

Polurrian Cove Beach, Mullion

Polzeath Beach, Polzeath

Porth Beach, Porth

Porthcurno Beach, Porthcurno

Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan

Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives

Porthleven West Beach, Porthleven

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthpean Beach, St Austell

Portmellon Cove, Mevagissey

Portreath Beach, Portreath

Praa Sands Beach, Praa Sands

Readymoney Cove, Fowey

Sennen Beach, Sennen

St George’s Well, Padstow

St Ives Harbour Beach, St Ives

Summer’s Beach, St Mawes

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

Tattam’s Beach, Portscatho

Tunnel Beach, Falmouth


Cornwall’s Blue Flag Beaches

That said, Cornwall’s Blue Flag status beaches will retain their original restrictions for just over four months from 15th May to 30th September each year, between 10am and 6pm. These are:


Carbis Bay Beach, Carbis Bay

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthtowan Beach, Porthtowan

Trevone Beach, near Padstow

Widemouth Bay Beach, Bude