Dog-free Cornwall beaches; beaches to take dogs after May 15

Many dogs love nothing more than running along a sandy beach, chasing after a ball, or taking a quick dip in the sea. And while their owners also enjoy strolling along the shore while exercising their four-legged friends, they can not all year round.

As we head into summer, restrictions on when you can take your furry friends to the coast are starting to kick in, with some dog beach bans starting next week.

Cornwall Council have a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place around the coast, which set limits on when dogs can go to the beaches. The vast majority of them operate from the beginning of July to the end of August.

But for beaches in Cornwall that have Blue Flag status, these restrictions must operate from May 15 to September 30 in order to retain that distinction.

Dogs on the beach (Image: free use at

Here is the list of beaches where dog bans come into effect from May 15. All operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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

The penalty for breaching the PSPO could be a maximum of £1,000, although the council could, at their discretion, issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 to anyone who commits the breach.

Dog on the beach (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Dog on the beach (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Most of the other beaches covered by the PSPOs operate their restrictions from July 1 to August 31, always from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These beaches are:

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


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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