It’s only October, yet I’m already really excited for Christmas! I have my train tickets and can’t wait for long blustery walks on the beach with the dog. The whole family will get to wrap up warm and enjoy the exhilarating fresh sea air.
The winter months are never a problem for dog walking, as beaches open without restrictions. However in the summer months (usually Easter day to 1st October) it’s good to know which remain open for Cornwall dog walks. Happily, these 10 year-round access dog-friendly beaches are some of my favourites:
5 NORTH COAST BEACHES:
CRANTOCK | I come to this beach with my family all the time when it’s not the height of summer. It’s a great place for Cornwall dog walks. Crantock is at the mouth of the River Gannel estuary and looks across at the back of Newquay.
It’s great walking through the sand dunes and alongside the river, which dogs love to play in. Right now you should definitely wrap up warm with a good winter coat. I’m a big fan of this duffle version.
PORTH JOKE | is situated in a deep cove between headlands, with Crantock beach to the north and Holywell Bay to the south. In fact, I only went to it this year despite having spent a lot of time in this area. Locally known as Polly Joke, this year round dog friendly beach is delightful.
HOLYWELL | is a vast stretch of gorgeous yellow sand just outside Newquay. You’ll find surfers, walkers and dogs aplenty here. Either enjoy Cornwall dog walks on the beach or better still hike up in to the sand dunes at the far end. From here there is a coastal path that takes you around the headland and offers spectacular views.
Holywell’s most distinctive feature is the twin rocks known as Gull Rocks, or Carter’s Rocks.
GWITHIAN | this beautiful beach stretches out for miles on end. It’s a really popular spot for surfers and Cornwall dog walks but never feels busy due to the sheer size. Godrevy Beach and lighthouse are Gwithian’s neighbours to the north. You can make out St. Ives to the south. I’ve featured this beach before as it’s probably my favourite.
PORTH KIDNEY | is one more example of a large, sandy beach on the north coast, at the mouth of the Hayle estuary. It’s open for Cornwall dog walks 12 months of the year. You will notice the river, which can have strong currents and cuts you off from Gwithian Beach – and my favourite (very dog friendly) Blue Bay Cafe! You can walk around from Porth Kidney to Carbis Bay (towards St. Ives) if the tide is low.
2 SOUTH COAST BEACHES:
LONG ROCK | is a stretch of sand in Penzance that offers views of famous St. Michael’s Mount. It’s a good place for Cornwall dog walks at any time of the year. It’s not the prettiest of beaches and lacks dramatic sand dunes, so tends to be busy with fellow canine walkers as opposed to holiday makers.
If you time it right, you can walk across the causeway to the Mount, but be careful that the tide doesn’t catch you out. Also note that dogs can only be taken around the harbour and village areas, not the castle itself.
TOWAN BEACH | this beach is a great starting point for one of my favourite headland Cornwall dog walks. Towan Beach is on The Roseland peninsula – a National Trust area of Cornwall, near St. Anthony and St. Mawes. Enjoy rolling hills and beautiful panoramic views – a really wholesome outdoors spot for stretching those legs.
3 INLAND WALKS:
TEHIDY WOODS | is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall and now managed as a Country Park. It’s a lovely place for Cornwall dog walks, and makes a pleasant change of scene from sand. There’s a charming garden area in the centre that presumably a local community have cleared and now maintains. It is also home to the kooky Rogue Theatre’s regular performances, including spooky Hallowe’en specials. Decent boots or even wellies are recommended!
CARN MARTH | is a beautiful spot near the town of Redruth and the village of Lanner, where my family live. We often hike up here to walk the dog as she can swim in the lake that is a disused quarry. It’s a cool spot for walking as it offers panoramic views on a crisp clear day, and plenty of old disused mines along the way.
TRELISSICK | is a National Trust managed estate, and has been opening the doors of the House itself to visitors since 2013. Whilst dogs can’t go into the maintained garden, the estate has miles of woodland walks and open parkland to enjoy. There’s also pretty Trelissick Beach at the bottom of the park, where the grassy bank make a way to pebbles and sand.
Disclosure: I was asked to share my opinions of Autumn and Winter in the UK in association with the JD Williams new Autumn/Winter collections. All comments and recommendations are 100% my own.