Dog Friendly Beaches
Padstow, Seven Bays, Rock & Polzeath
Use our Interactive Beach Map to find dog friendly beach information and directions.
As one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations, Padstow is known for its dog friendly shops and way of life – drawing in dog walkers from afar who are looking for a pet friendly getaway that means they don’t have to leave their favourite family member at home.
Located in North Cornwall, the bustling town of Padstow is lucky to be surrounded with a host of dog friendly beaches to visit, many of which are also close enough to be combined into one day-long scenic coastal walk. From exploring Porthcothan’s small network of coves, to clambering over Booby's Bay’s rocky outcrop, there are several fun-filled days out that you and your pooch can enjoy.
You don’t just want your dog to feel welcome on holiday, you also want to know that their adventures will be filled with plenty of canine enrichment – new smells, textures, sights and all-important sandy shorelines to stretch their legs.
That’s why we’ve put together the Padstow dog friendly beach map – it’s the perfect guide to every bay and beach destination in the local area that you and your canine companion can enjoy. From golden sand dunes to rocky outcrops, enjoy Cornwall’s finest outdoor scenery with your four-legged friend in tow.
Which Beaches in North Cornwall are Dog Friendly?
Find out some of our favourite scenic spots, where your dog is as welcome as you are!
Walk, paddle and explore your way through our pick of idyllic coastal locations.
Playtime on Padstow’s Beaches
Make the most of play! Whilst Padstow’s beaches are filled with natural canine enrichment, you can add some of your own fun to make things even more exciting with your four-legged friend and strengthen your bond together.
We love recall games at Paws in Padstow, so why not try a few of our favourites like 'puppy in the middle’ - practicing your pet running between you and another family member. Or why not play ‘find it’ – you can hide one of their favourite toys or smells nearby, or simply scatter some treats for them to sniff out.
Chuckit! is one of our favourite toy brands here at Paws in Padstow, with many of their products made perfectly for the beach. Extend your game of fetch with the Chuckit! Breathe Right Fetch Ball or the Chuckit! Tennis Ball (and get an extra helping hand with their Sport Ball Launcher). Or make fetch even more appealing with the Chuckit! Ultra Squeaker Ball and the Chuckit! Breathe Right Fetch Stick – designed specially to allow your dog to breathe as they run carrying it.
If you’re looking to move play into the water, then Chuckit! Have designed the perfect range of floatable toys. The Ultra Ball and Ultra Fetch Stick are lightweight toys that will bob on the water’s surface – meaning no more lost toys and plenty of paddling fun for your pets!
Beach Etiquette for Dogs (and Owners)
Padstow’s beaches can be enjoyed by all, by following a few simple rules of beach etiquette during your visit to our beautiful coastal spots:
- Clean up after your dog. Make sure to pick up dog foul and dispose of it correctly.
- Obey beach bans. Many of Cornwall’s beaches are open to dogs all year round, but there are some which have seasonal bans in place. This isn’t just for others’ safety – your dogs can easily get overwhelmed by the packed crowds. Check the rules for each beach ahead of travelling to prevent disappointment.
- Leave the beach as you found it. Take your rubbish and make sure not to disturb natural features during your coastal walks. You can leave the paw prints behind!
- Be respectful of other beach users. Keep your dogs on leads when instructed to do so and be mindful that not everyone is comfortable around pets!
- Give back to the environment. Use your walk as an opportunity to do some good and pick up rubbish found on the beach. At many beaches, there are litter picking kits available, but if not, we always encourage visitors and locals to pick up litter during their walks… A spare poo bag comes in handy for this! You may find that your efforts have a positive impact on others. Take the lead and others may follow as they become aware of what you are doing. Share it on social media - you feel great - your friends see you are doing something so easy to help the environment - you get likes and loves - your dog is grateful for the time on the sand - and the Earth starts to feel a little bit better.
- Follow safety signs. Our beaches are signposted to warn of potential dangers. Follow signposts as instructed to prevent any harm coming to you, your pet, or others.
Beach Dangers for Dogs
The beach is a fun place to play – but it can also be dangerous! Keep your dog safe by looking out for the following hazards:
Palm oil, which occasionally washes up on UK beaches, can cause a fatal reaction in dogs if ingested. If you find any on a council owned beach, call Cornwall Council for them to arrange a safe disposal. You can report sightings of the deposits on 0300 1234 141
Portuguese Man O'War
Similar to jellyfish, the Portuguese Man O’War is a floating marine organism which carries a nasty sting. Look out for ones which have been washed up onshore or are floating on the water’s surface.
Rip currents are strong, underwater currents that can be found near breaking waves which often look like a calm part of the water in contrast to the rest of the shore line. The current is deceptive and can be a danger to even the strongest swimmers. Swim parallel to the shore, or float, signalling for help.
Hot Coals (Buried in Sand)
Careless beachgoers sometimes dispose of BBQ coals close to the sand surface, making them highly dangerous for your pet’s exposed paw pads, let alone you and your family. Also watch out for wire mesh from disposable BBQ's.
Keep your pet safe near cliff edges by ensuring they stay on a lead…. Especially dogs who like to chase wildlife. Cliffs can be prone to landslides, so make sure you avoid sitting under them.
These features just in shore are very dangerous and rescues are far too commonplace from these extremely deep holes. Don’t be too curious and maintain a safe distance. Beware when passing near one with your dog.