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Dog friendly beaches in west Cornwall

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From the famous artistic culture of St Ives to the dramatic coastline around Land's End, the west Cornish coastline offers immense variation in character. Here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches in west Cornwall.


Right down in the far west of Cornwall, less than a mile from Sennen Cove, you’ll find Gwenver beach. This secluded sun-trap is a well-kept secret (until now). There’s only a few parking spaces and no other facilities, but you stand a good chance of having the beach to yourselves, particularly in winter. You’ll mostly find surfers and walkers wanting to share this picturesque spot that feels like you’re at the end of the world.

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Porthkidney Beach

Found at the mouth of the Hayle Estuary, just two miles from the harbour town of St Ives, is the sandy Porthkidney Beach. The beach is about a mile long at low tide, is backed by beautiful sand dunes and has crystal clear water for swimming. This beach is dog-friendly all year round.

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Popular with many surfers due to the constant quality waves, Gwithian is also the perfect spot for seal watching, rock pooling, cave exploration - and long walks with a dog in tow. There is a seasonal dog ban in place here between 1 May and 30 September, but dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the rest of the year.

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Portheras Cove

Located on the northern edge of west Cornwall, between Morvah and Pendeen, is the sheltered sandy Portheras Cove. It's a little tricky to find, but well worth the effort. And dogs are welcome on the beach all year round.

Prussia Cove

Known for being one of Cornwall’s most secluded and romantic spots, Prussia Cove can be found on the Mount’s Bay coast around three miles from Marazion. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round.

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