Padstow's Top 10 Year-Round Dog Friendly Beaches
There is no doubt about it, my dog is happiest on the beach. A fundamentally lazy couch potato, there is something about soft sand under her paws that transforms her into a leaping fur ball of joy. At first she is tentative, smelling the air cautiously and then soon gathers momentum until she is almost permanently airborne. Her tiny 11lb frame defies gravity, her eyes slightly wild and tongue hanging out of her mouth like a defiant escapee. Eventually, she performs her most favourite trick that is easily misinterpreted for a mid-air heart attack, and then she lands and zooms off over the sand again.
Bewildering as the spectacle may be, her sheer delight fills me with happiness. I am in my element wandering and exploring Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, and best of all, I get to share it with my ecstatically happy little dog.
Now, as the Easter holidays roll around and the dog beach ban kicks in, you may think that our adventures come to a grinding halt. But that is definitely not the case. Whereas a number of beaches are ruled out by the restrictions, fortunately there are plenty of other ban-free beaches to visit.
All over Cornwall, there are year-round dog friendly beaches that provide a wonderful day out for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends. There is also the happy coincidence that a lot of these beaches are much quieter than their neighbours as they are less well-known.
Around Padstow in particular there are some seriously stunning dog friendly beaches to explore. If you find yourself in this part of the world, beach ban in force or not, you should definitely head to the coast with your canine companion and check them out.
So you don’t miss out on a second of your next adventure, here is a list of Padstow’s top 10 year-round dog friendly beaches. Enjoy!
Distance from Padstow: 4.4 miles
A large sandy, summer-lifeguarded beach, Boobys Beach welcomes dogs all year. Submerged at high tide, at low tide the beach eventually connects with Constantine Bay Beach. There are no car parks at Boobys Bay, with access via the coast path and the nearest parking located at Treyarnon Bay and Constantine Bay.
Distance from Padstow: 4.6
A long, gentle curve of golden sand, Constantine Bay beach is a popular choice. Facilities are available in Constantine Bay village and lifeguards are on duty in the summer months. Constantine Bay beach has lots of space for running and playing games.
Distance from Padstow: 15.5 miles
Found on the east side of the Camel Estuary opposite Padstow, Daymer beach is best visited at low tide. Backed by a spine of beautiful sandbanks and with gorgeous views all around, it is a lovely option for a stroll with your dog.
Distance from Padstow: 3.2 miles
Neighbouring Hawkers Cove, Harbour Cove is another of North Cornwall’s little treasures. As the tide slips away a beautiful expanse of golden sand is revealed perfect for a day with your dog. Access is possible either via parking at the seasonal car park near the cove, or by walking the two-mile round trip from Padstow along the coast path.
Distance from Padstow: 2.8 miles
A popular family-friendly beach, Harlyn Bay Beach is considered one of the safest beaches in the county. Harlyn village is nearby providing amenities, and dogs are welcomed year-round.
Distance from Padstow: 3.1 miles
At low tide, the sand at Hawkers Cove stretches almost a mile and a half from the old lifeboat station to join up with neighbouring Harbour Cove. There are no lifeguards and parking is limited, but Hawkers Cove often benefits from far fewer crowds because of this.
Distance from Padstow: 9.9 miles
A well-known beach, Mawgan Porth sits between Padstow and Newquay and is very popular amongst families, dog-owners and water-lovers. There are lots of facilities available in the local village of Mawgan Porth and there are lifeguards in the summer months.
Distance from Padstow: 2.5 miles
Not particularly well-known, Newtrain Bay is also known as Rocky Beach. With small swathes of sand here and there, the beach is mostly made up of low-lying rock platforms, fun for exploring.
Distance from Padstow: 5.2 miles
Allowing dogs onto the beach all year, Porthcothan is a good choice for dog owners. Paid parking is available and there are toilets for two-legged beings. The beach is sandy and lifeguards are on hand in the summer season.
Distance from Padstow: 4.8 miles
Easily accessible either from the coast path or a nearby car park, Treyarnon Bay beach is a lovely spot. With lots of golden sand to play on with a gentle incline towards the sea, you and your dog can have fun here all year round.