A guide to dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

A guide to dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

The best coastal spots for you and your dog
Forest Holidays


Our top 5 dog friendly beaches all year round in Cornwall

1. Talland Bay beach

Kickstarting our pick of the best dog beaches in Cornwall, we have Talland Bay beach, just a 15-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark. A small beach, Talland Bay is situated between Looe and Polperro making it an ideal destination for a day trip. There are two main beaches in Talland Bay, but we recommend the west side offering an abundance of sand and sea, ideal for cooling down in the height of summer. Your dog will love exploring the many rock pools on offer and splashing around in the sea. This beautiful beach is well-equipped offering a small car park, toilets, a shop, and a café. Please note there is limited parking at peak times.

Talland Bay beach on the south Cornish Coast, England

Talland Bay beach, Cornwall

2. Seaton beach

Next up on our list of the best dog friendly beaches in south Cornwall, is Seaton beach, less than a 30-minute journey from our cabins. Seaton beach is situated just a few miles outside of Looe and offers a mixture of grey pebbles and coarse sand. Boarded between flat rocks that reveal a number of rock pools in low tide, your dog will love exploring every nook and cranny. At low tide you can walk along the shore as far as Downderry beach, with the option to walk along the promenade in high tide. This beach is also well-equipped offering plenty of parking, toilets, a shop, café, and improved disability access making it a popular destination amongst families. A real crowd pleaser!


Seaton beach, Cornwall

3. Downderry beach

Downderry beach is just over half an hour away from our Deerpark accommodation, and not one to be overlooked. Located in Looe, just off the South West Coast Path, the beach comprises of grey sand and shingle with little rock pools in low tide. It’s a good stopping off place if you are walking this section of the South West Coast Path. You can even walk along the shore with your dog in low tide towards Seaton beach, but be sure to check tide times beforehand! The main beach is easily accessible and ideal for swimming, windsurfing, and walking - an ideal destination for family days out with the dog making it one of the best dog beaches in Cornwall. Parking, toilets, and a café are available in the village nearby. There’s also a nice little pet-friendly pub nestled along the unspoiled coastline called the Inn on the Shore where you can stop off for a bite to eat.

Downderry beach, Whitsand bay, Cornwall, England

Downderry beach, Cornwall

4. Whitsand Bay beach

 Another destination to add to our list of dog friendly beaches in Cornwall is Whitsand Bay beach, just over half an hour away from Deerpark. Located between Rame Head and Portwrinkle, the beach offers over 3 miles of untouched sand for your dog to roam and explore. The beach is accessed via steep paths and steps that wind down grassy banks, but you will be rewarded with an expanse of glistening sand amidst a, mostly, quiet beach. At low tide the beach is great for walking and jogging, and the steady swell means surfers will catch some huge waves, providing some entertainment as you meander along the shore with your pup in tow. Considered to be one of Cornwall’s hidden gems, this beautiful beach is undoubtedly one of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

Whitsand Bay beach, Cornwall

Whitsand Bay beach, Cornwall

5. Kingsand beach

Our final recommendation for dog friendly beaches in south Cornwall is Kingsand beach, just 40-minutes away from our location at Deerpark. A small Cornish fishing village, this beach consists mainly of sand and shingle making it popular with families. It’s a sheltered beach, which stretches along the side of the town with some great rock pools in low tide, perfect for your pup to explore and splash alongside the kids. The nearby village of Kingsand is well worth a visit with little gift shops and cafés along the way. There is a car park just 1 minute away and lots of places to stop off for a bite to eat and an obligatory Cornish ice cream!

Now you’ve discovered our pick of the best dog beaches in Cornwall, what are you waiting for? Book your pet-friendly hot tub holiday today and stay in our beautiful Deerpark accommodation for a fun family holiday even the dog can enjoy.

Kingsand beach, Cornwall

When are dogs allowed on beaches in Cornwall?

This varies from beach to beach, but we’ve selected only beaches with no restrictions to help you make an informed decision. Keep reading to find out our pick of the best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall that everyone, including the dog, can enjoy all within striking distance of our location at Deerpark.