Cornwall beaches where you can’t take dogs from May

It’s been a long, damp winter, and the sun seems to finally be starting to show its rays as May rolls in! 

If you’re a dog owner in Cornwall, or if you’re taking a trip there with your pooch this summer, it’s important to know that there are some areas that you can’t walk them. 

Largely, a lot of beaches have Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), which are seasonal dog bans that come into place in May and run until the end of September. 

Saying that, some of the bans only run in July and August. 

Which beaches have seasonal dog bans from May? 

Carbis Bay and St Ives

While most beaches have bans in July and August, here are the beaches that have seasonal dog bans that begin in May. 

These are largely Cornwall’s Blue Flag beaches and include: 

  • Carbis Bay Beach
  • Crackington Haven
  • Crooklets Beach
  • Gyllyngvase Beach
  • Polzeath Beach
  • Porthmeor Beach
  • Porthminster Beach
  • Porthtowan Beach
  • Sennen Cove
  • Trevone Beach
  • Widemouth Bay

Summerleaze Beach in Bude requires dogs to be on leads from May 21 to September 30 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Hayle Estuary

Three areas in the Hayle estuary have an all-year ban on dogs due to their status as protected wildlife areas. All-year dog bans are in place at Carnsew Pool, Copperhouse Pool, and Hayle Estuary. 

Dog-friendly beaches all year round

Gwithian Beach Cornwall

Here’s my list of dog-friendly beaches all year round: 

  • Gwithian Beach
  • Perran Sands (Perranporth Beach)
  • Trevaunance Cove
  • Sandymouth
  • Porthkidney Beach
  • Lantic Bay
  • Pedn Vounder
  • Holywell Bay Beach
  • Prussia Cove
  • Seaton Beach 
  • Watergate Bay
  • Loe Bar
  • Fistral Beach
  • Cadgwith Cove 
  • Bamaluz Beach

Take a look at my full list of dog-friendly beaches and dog-friendly Cornwall activities here.

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