Tails of Adventure: Uncovering North Cornwall’s Finest Dog-Friendly Beaches

Are you ready to make a splash with your furry friend? Whether it’s chasing waves, digging in the sand, or simply basking in the sun, North Cornwall offers a tail-wagging adventure for you and your canine companion. With over 400 miles of coastline to explore, here are our top dog-friendly beaches that will have your pup’s tail wagging with excitement.

Daymer Bay

With its long stretch of golden sands and stunning views of the Camel Estuary, Daymer Bay is a paradise for dogs and their owners. Let your pooch run free along the beach or explore the sand dunes while you soak in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity for an extra-long walk at low tide, where you can venture all the way to Rock on the beach.

Rock Beach

Situated on the banks of the River Camel, Rock Beach offers two miles of sandy shoreline for your canine companion to explore. Whether it’s sailing, swimming, or simply lounging in the sun, there’s something for every dog at this picturesque seaside village. And with dog-friendly cafes and restaurants nearby, you can refuel after a day of seaside fun. Read our guide to Rock here and find out where you can dine out with your dog.


Tucked away in the serene area of Rock lies Porthilly Beach, a haven perfect for both two and four-legged visitors alike. With its tranquil cove and shallow, clear waters, it’s an ideal spot for a leisurely sunset BBQ with your furry friend. As you stroll along the shoreline, you might spot paddle boarders gliding by or a few swimmers taking a dip in the gentle waves. And while you’re enjoying the peaceful ambiance, don’t forget to indulge in the local delicacies – Porthilly oysters and mussels. These renowned shellfish, cultivated and harvested in the estuary waters by Porthilly Shellfish, add a delicious touch of coastal flavour to your beach experience. So pack your picnic basket, leash up your pup, and discover the charm of Porthilly Beach together.


During the summer months, typically from Easter to October, Polzeath Beach implements restrictions on where dogs can roam freely. From 15th May to 30th September, dogs are permitted on the beach before 10 am and after 6 pm. This measure ensures the safety and enjoyment of all beachgoers. With these updated regulations and expansive stretches of National Trust land to discover, Polzeath has solidified its reputation as an ideal destination for holidaymakers accompanied by their furry friends. Keep up to date with information on Polzeath Beach by following Polzeath Beach Ranger Service.

There are additional areas surrounding Polzeath where you can enjoy coastal exploration with your dog. The scenic coast path offers breathtaking views and invigorating walks for both you and your canine companion. Please be mindfull when walking your dogs, Polzeath Coastguards ask dog walkers to take extra care and keep their pets on leads when near the numerous cliff areas– particularly around Greenaway and Pentire Point; even well-trained dogs can easily bolt for a seagull or rabbit, and few survive such a fall. Find out more about Polzeath Coastguards here.

Greenaway (between Daymer bay & Polzeath Beach)

For those seeking a more secluded experience, Greenaway Beach presents an enticing option. Here, dogs are permitted year-round, providing a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of busier beaches. While accessing Greenaway Beach involves a steep descent, the reward of tranquillity and solitude awaits at the bottom, making it a hidden gem for dog owners seeking serenity amidst the stunning Cornish coastline.

Port Isaac

While Port Isaac may be better known for its charming harbour village and TV series Doc Martin, but it also boasts a delightful dog-friendly beach. Take a stroll along the sandy shore and explore the historic harbour before cosying up in a nearby pub. With its sheltered sands and picturesque scenery, it’s the perfect spot for a day of seaside adventures. Occasionally during the summer months, you may find yourselves watching an impromptu gathering for a lively sea shanty session by The Fishermans Friends – a group whose captivating sea shanties have inspired a cinematic tale. You dont want to miss this, it’s always a wonderful experience!

Tregirls (also known as Hawkers Cove)

Hop on the ferry from Rock to Padstow and discover Tregirls, a hidden gem overlooking the Camel Estuary. With its wide expanse of sandy shoreline and tranquil waters, it’s the ideal spot for a day of beachside fun with your pup. With dogs welcome all year round, you can enjoy the beauty of this unspoiled beach no matter the season. Behind the shoreline, you’ll find extensive sand dunes and a meandering marshy stream, adding to the natural allure of the area. Be mindful of the history lurking beneath the surface – the notorious Doom Bar, where centuries of maritime mishaps have occurred, serves as a reminder of the area’s maritime past. Read our Doom Bar blog. Despite its proximity to bustling Padstow, Tregirls remains relatively serene, offering a tranquil escape for beachgoers.

As you wrap up your daydreams of sandy paws and salty breezes, remember that The Point Holidays offers a wide array of pet-friendly accommodation, ensuring that your furry friend can join in on the adventure every step of the way. 

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