Cornish beaches where dogs are banned during the day from July 1

Much like their human caregivers, dogs love nothing more than feeling the sand beneath their feet in the summer and splashing at the edge of the shore.

However, while dogs are welcome at many beaches in Cornwall, there are some restrictions, many of which start this week.

Whether you just want to take your four-legged friend for a walk or let them chase after a ball on your favorite beach, it’s important to note when you’re not allowed to take them.

Cornwall Council has a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place which place restrictions on when dogs can go on beaches.

The majority of them start on Friday (July 1) then continue until the end of August and the restrictions are in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The penalty for breaching a PSPO can be a maximum of £1,000 although in most cases the council will use their discretion to issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 to anyone who commits a breach .

Dogs on a beach (Image: Royalty free from

Here is the list of beaches where the restrictions apply from July 1 to August 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Cadgwith Cove

Castle Beach, Falmouth

Cawsand Beach

Porth Beach Chapel, St. Agnes

Church Cove, Gunwalloe

Harveys Towans at Godrevy Point, Hayle

Housel’s Bay

Kennack Sands Beach

Kynance Cove

Maenporth Beach, Falmouth

Mousehole Beach at Skilly Beach

From Wherry Town to Battery Rocks

Long Rock Railroad Crossing to Marazion


Poldhu Beach, Mullion

Polurrian Cove Beach, Mullion

Porthcurno Beach

Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan

Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives

Porthleven West

Porthpean Beach, St Austell

Portmellon Cove, Mevagissey

Portreath Beach including harbor

Sands of Praa

Readmoney Cove, Fowey

St George’s Well, Padstow

St Ives Harbor Beach

Summer Beach, St Mawes

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

Tattam Beach, Portscatho

Tunnel Beach, Falmouth

For beaches that have Blue Flag status, the restrictions come into effect in May and run until the end of September. These restrictions operate again from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Dogs on the beach (Image: free to use at

Dogs on the beach (Image: free to use at

The following beaches all have the longest period of restrictions for dogs:

Carbis Bay Beach, Carbis Bay

Crackington Harbor

Crooklets Beach, Bude

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Polzeath Beach

Porth Beach

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthtowan Beach

Sennen Beach

Trevone Beach, Padstow

Widemouth Beach, Bude

And, finally, there are beaches that have year-round dog bans that are also 24 hours. Those are:

Carnsew Pool

copper pool

Hayle Estuary

Please note that these restrictions only apply to beaches covered by the Cornish Council PSPOs. Private beaches may also have their own restrictions in place that are not covered by these ordinances.

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