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 pxhere.com)
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
Crooklets Beach, Bude
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Porthminster Beach, St Ives
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)
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:
Castle Beach, Falmouth
Porth Beach Chapel, St. Agnes
Church Cove, Gunwalloe
Harveys Towans at Godrevy Point, Hayle
Kennack Sands Beach
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
Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan
Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives
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:
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.