5 dog friendly beaches in north Cornwall

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5 dog friendly beaches in north Cornwall

Winter, spring, summer, or autumn, bringing your dog to Cornwall is a great adventure. Beaches provide a great place for walking and swimming (for both humans and dogs), and with more than 400 miles of coastline around Cornwall, we’re certainly not short of them. With three-quarters of our holiday homes at Highcliffe being pet-friendly, it’s important for our dog-owning guests to know about the fantastic beaches locally to us which are dog-friendly all year round. Here are some of our favourites close by.

Daymer Bay beach near the Highcliffe Holidays grounds.
Daymer Bay

This is one of the nearest beaches to Highcliffe, located just a short 10-minute walk away. The long stretch of golden sands is backed by sand dunes and the towering Brea Hill. Dogs will love running around and taking a dip in the rock pools here, whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Camel Estuary. Top tip - if you want an extra-long dog walk then make sure you visit Daymer Bay at low tide, as you can walk all the way to Rock actually on the beach.

Two men sail on the River Camel with the Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club.
Rock Beach

Located on the banks of the River Camel, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rock Beach is a go-to place for dog owners in north Cornwall. The popular seaside village is often bustling with marine activity, from sailing to many other exciting watersports - meaning there’s always something for you and your dog to take in whilst on your daily exercise. The sandy beach goes on for around two miles, so there is plenty of space to tire your furry friends out.

Porthilly Cove, dog friendly beach in north Cornwall.
Porthilly Cove

This beach is a hidden treasure in the Rock area. The sheltered cove boasts clear, shallow waters which dogs will love swimming around in. It has a private feel to it, even though it is just around the corner from Rock. We highly suggest heading here for an evening BBQ with your four-legged friend, as watching the sunset here will provide a magical end to your day. 

(Image courtesy of Flickr: sczscz)

Tregirls Beach, dog friendly beach in north Cornwall.
Tregirls Beach

This is the beach you can see on the opposite side of the river from Highcliffe. It can be easily accessed by taking the Rock to Padstow ferry, then following the coastal footpath from the harbour for around 20 minutes. The flat, white sands are backed by shallow sand dunes, which dogs will love exploring. From this beach, there are fantastic views of our side of the estuary, all the way from Rock around to The Rumps, and everything in between.

(Image courtesy of Flickr: sczscz)

Port Isaac, dog friendly beach in north Cornwall.
Port Isaac & Port Gaverne

These popular harbour villages are not well known for their beaches, but the small sections of sand and shingle are very sheltered and perfect for pottering around with your dog for some fresh air. It’s just a short 10-minute walk between the two ports, with Cornish pubs in the heart of both. Situated less than a 20-minute drive from Highcliffe, these are great beaches to visit during the colder months, before cosying up in front of a roaring pub fire with a drink in hand.

(Image courtesy of Flickr: Ed Webster)

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