Newquay, the famous seaside town in North Cornwall, known for its stunning coastline, beautiful sandy beaches and fantastic surf spots, is also the perfect place to bring your dog for a break. There are many great dog-friendly spots in and around Newquay, from Coastpath walks and grassy dunes to vast expanses of golden sands, the north coast of Cornwall has it all. Here's our comprehensive guide to the popular beaches where you can take your dog to enjoy sun, sea and golden sand.
There are some of the best waves in Europe at this location. Fistral is one of the most famous surfing locations on the UK mainland. At low tide, the beach is vast and sandy. The beach is lifeguard patrolled, and dogs are allowed off the lead but should be kept under control. Fistral is open to dogs all year round, and there are also lots of dog-friendly places to grab a bite to eat nearby.
About 10 mins walk north of the main beach there is an area of rocks and then a small sandy beach called Little Fistral. This beach is accessible only at low tide, and care should be taken not to get cut off. There are strong undercurrents and rip tides at Little Fistral and no lifeguard cover. Dogs are welcome all year round.
When the harbour was built in the village of Towan Blystra, the area was re-christened 'Newquay'. The harbour is a very picturesque location, a great place to enjoy a meal or a drink whilst watching the fishing boats. The beach is accessible at low tide and is small but sandy. Dogs are welcome all year round.
Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay's beaches, close to the centre of town and popular with families, it is often jam-packed. The beach is instantly recognisable by its famous island, which is joined to the cliff by a suspension bridge. The facilities at Towan include a café and public toilets. Dogs are allowed all year round, and the beach is lifeguard patrolled May-Sept.
Great Western Beach
Just north of Towan Beach is Great Western Beach. The beach is backed by high cliffs and comprises several coves that offer some shelter and space to escape the crowds on some of the busier stretches. At high tide, the beach is almost entirely covered. However, this beach joins with Towan and Tolcarne to create a vast sandy beach when the tide goes out. You can access Great Western via quite a steep path that runs alongside the Great Western Hotel. As with adjacent Towan, Dogs are allowed all year round, and the beach is lifeguard patrolled May-Sept.
Set to the backdrop of high cliffs, Tolcarne's crescent-shaped beach is an incredibly popular spot for families, surfers, bodyboarders, and swimmers. Access for pedestrians is either by steps or the sloping roadway. Just a short walk from the town centre, the beach is lifeguard patrolled May-Sept. There is a dog ban on Tolcarne from 1st April to the 31st October.
Lusty Glaze beach is a privately owned beach. However, it is fully open to the public and dog friendly throughout the year. This lovely cove offers lots to do with a creche, a daily BBQ and an adventure centre which provides everything from kiteboarding to a high ropes course. Naturally sheltered by high cliffs, the beach is an excellent place for families with moderate surf and lifeguard cover Jul-Sep.
Porth Beach is a 5-minute drive from Newquay or a 25-30 minute walk. There is a dog-friendly pub on the beach, the Mermaid, as well as cafes close by. The Beach has a long tidal drop with an expanse of golden sand and is sheltered by headlands on both sides. Trevelgue Head, also known as Porth Island, can be accessed by a narrow footbridge and offers spectacular views looking back towards Newquay Bay. Please be aware there is a dog ban on Porth beach between Easter and September.