Our top year-round dog-friendly beaches in the South West

A s you watch sunlight sparkling across bright white surf, with waves peeling back from the sand in a gentle sea breeze, there’s nothing more disenchanting than the realisation that your dog will soon be banned from sharing such a serene coastal scene with you.

Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. The following beaches remain dog-friendly all year round. What’s more, many of them will typically refrain from becoming packed during the summer months.


Fistral Beach, Newquay

This world-renowned surfer’s haven offers something for everyone. The golden sand dunes serve as a coastal playground for families and dogs alike, with the rugged cliff tops winding away to spectacular walking trails in both directions. There’s a reason why it’s adored by beachgoers far and wide, so it’s only right that it can always be appreciated by four-legged friends at all times of the year. 


Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel

You’ll need to plan ahead for your visit to this North Cornwall gem, as the sand is wholly swallowed up at high tide. Trebarwith Strand Beach stretches for about a mile when the waves retreat and is peppered with a plethora of rock pools and caves. The remains of an old harbour lie around the corner from the main beach, which is where the scenic pub above, the Port William, got its name. It’s worth popping in for a pint or a bite to eat with an equally pleasing view, or even spend the night in our dog-friendly rooms in Tintagel


Gwynver Beach, near Sennen

Looking for a dog friendly beach in Penzance? The gorgeous white-gold sands of Sennen Cove beach steal all the headlines about being a stunning beach near penzance, but its lesser-known neighbour is just as picturesque and benefits from allowing playful pups to its shores throughout the year. One reason why it remains a great deal quieter than Sennen Cove is that it requires a tricker walk to reach. The trek through sand dunes is nevertheless a rewarding one, and chances are you’ll have a gorgeous slice of the Cornish coast to yourselves. It's on the doorstep of our cosy accommodation in Sennen Cove, so make it a weekend trip and enjoy a bite to eat with stunning sea views.


Mexico Towans, Hayle

Mexico Towans, also referred to as Hayle Beach, forms part of the spellbinding four-mile stretch of Hayle’s golden sands. Take note that a portion of the coastline, from the River Hayle to Black Cliffs, operates a seasonal dog ban, but the remainder of the beach is vast. There’s plenty of ground to cover and explore here, with views from the tumbling dunes stretching across the bay to St Ives and beyond. 


Main Beach, Hope Cove

This beautiful seaside village is a must-visit if you’re in South Devon. Blessed with two beaches, Hope Cove’s Main Beach is dog-friendly all year round, while Small Beach has a ban in place from May to September. If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s well worth following the coastal path towards Salcombe, where you’ll reach a hidden treasure, Soar Mill Cove, along the way.  


South Milton Sands, Thurlestone

Also known as Thurlestone Beach, South Milton Sands is renowned for its clean waters and landmark Thurlestone Rock archway. The latter sits out in the bay and looks particularly impressive during one of the area’s bursting orange sunsets. There are plenty of rock pools dotted about the beach for curious canines to peruse, while a cafe is on hand for replenishing post-adventure snacks while admiring the wildlife of the adjacent wetlands.  


Coombe Hawne, near Fowey

Coombe Hawne, also known as Coombe Haven, is a small cove about a mile west of Fowey. This peaceful area of South East Cornwall is accessible via the coast path, which serves up some memorable views along the way. Coombe Hawne offers a maze of rock pools at low tide and is attractively sheltered from the elements.  


Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis

This attractive sand and pebble beach sits along Dorset’s captivating Jurassic Coast, just outside Lyme Regis. There’s a mile of shoreline to enjoy here. Steeped in history, the Ware Cliffs, which tower above the beach, are estimated to date back 200 million years. You’re sure to find fossils dotted amongst the pebbles. Be sure to keep your distance from the cliffs though, as they are unstable.


Sand Bay Beach, Bristol

Views across Bristol Channel to South Wales can be soaked up at this large and wild stretch of sand and shingle beach. Sand Bay is a beautiful expanse that’s adored by dogs and their owners throughout the year. It’s found two miles north of Weston-super-Mare and offers an irresistible slice of tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of urban life that exists a short drive away.