South West Cornwall is a peninsular where the North and South Coast are separated by just 6 miles of land, with the Woodland Collection Cottages virtually right in the middle. It follows, therefore, that we are lucky enough to have many beautiful beaches within a few miles of the front door here, some of which are dog friendly all year round, like Long Rock Beach, Porthkidney and Hayle Towans.
MOST beaches in Cornwall are dog friendly all year round other than July and August between 10 am and 6 pm, apart from Blue flag beaches, which are restricted between May and the end of September.
We are lucky as we have three fabulous sandy beaches near us that are dog friendly ALL YEAR AROUND, including the Summer months.
These are Long Rock beach overlooking St Michaels Mount and Mounts Bay, Porthkidney beach overlooking St Ives Bay, and Hayle (Mexico Towans).
Following this relaxation of the rules, Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council are working on guidelines to ensure that everyone can enjoy the beaches, whether they be a young family playing in the sand or walkers with their dogs. The guidelines encourage dog walkers to pick up after their dogs, keep them on leads in busier public areas and keep them under control when exercising them so they don’t end up running off and stealing sandwiches or chasing surfers ????
We try to find a quieter spot to let our dogs loose on the beach to avoid embarrassing moments…. Ahem ….