We think there’s little more enjoyable than a good trek with your best friend at your side, especially at this quieter time of year when you can often find yourselves the only ones on deserted beaches.
To give you a bit of inspiration on where to go, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite dog friendly beaches and walks, with something for you and your four legged friend to enjoy!
Carne & Pendower Beach, The Roseland.
Carne Beach is on the south coast of the Roseland Peninsula between Nare Head and Porthscatho. At low tide the beach joins up to its neighbouring beach, Pendower and offers up a large and sandy expanse for you both to enjoy. The beach is largely a safe one and with the Nare Hotel perched on the cliff top edge above the beach, it is the perfect spot to enjoy light refreshments or afternoon tea in their sea view lounge afterwards (although Rover will have to wait in the car!).
Daymer Bay Beach, Near Padstow
One of our favourite spots! This stunning expanse of sandy bay is dog friendly all year round, at low tide you can walk the dunes to Rock whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the Camel Estuary. There’s a great circular walk from Rock where you can follow the dunes and passing St Enodoc church, whilst the return walk passes 3 pubs and Sharp’s Brewery. Perfect for quenching the thirst of a brisk, blustery autumn walk and so much choice to do so!
Bedruthan Steps Beach, North Cornwall.
One of Cornwall’s natural wonders, Bedruthan Steps Beach is National Trust owned and definitely worth a visit. Not only is there a mile long stretch of golden sand but also the impressive monolithic sea stacks and dramatic cliffs, conjuring images of shipwrecks and smuggling; This beach really does have the wow factor!
The access down to the beach is difficult, so take care if you have young children or you’re unsteady on your feet; it is definitely worth the effort when you get there. After the steep hike back up there’s the welcome sight of a café at the top of the cliffs, perfect to get your breath back over a cuppa.
Note, it’s worth checking the tide times before visiting here, as the beach disappears during high tide but still an impressive view and coast path walk if you don’t get the timings quite right.
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from in St Ives, in fact it’s hard for us to pick a favourite as all offer something slightly different. Porthmeor is arguably the most famous and gives the longest stretch of sand for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy. There’s also a fantastic beach café overlooking the bay, perfect for refreshments and watching the surf. If you’ve time (and the energy!) why not check out the others, St Ives Harbour, Lambeth Walk, Porthminster, Bamaluz, Porthgwidden and Clodgy Point beaches and that’s all before venturing round the corner to Carbis Bay and Hayle beyond.
Sennen Beach, Sennen Cove.
Located just round the corner from Lands End, Sennen Beach also known as Whitesands Bay is an almost mile long crescent of fine, white sand which stretches round to the neighbouring Gwenver beach. The village of Sennen sits sheltering under the large headland of Pedn-men-du, whilst the beach itself feels the full force of the Atlantic Ocean making it a very popular spot for surfers alike. The Michelin Starred chef, Ben Tunnicliffe has a restaurant here over looking the beach and the village also has a pub and café.
Trebarwith Strand Beach, Near Boscastle
Just a short drive from Boscastle is this impressive beach, which has been used as a location in several films and is testimony to its outstanding natural beauty. A long stretch of golden sand, backed by flat rocks, sheer cliffs and deep caves it’s definitely worth a visit but beware the beach almost disappears at high tide, so do take care and check tide times before you go.