Cornish Dog Friendly Places in the Summer

Dogs are wonderful animals and we love seeing them enjoying themselves in Cornwall, anyhow in the summertime (between July 1st and 31st August) it can be difficult deciding on where to go between 10:00am and 18:00pm which is when the Seasonal Beach Bans are in place except for blue flag beaches which have a slightly longer restriction period from May 1st to September 31st and many of the private gardens will only allow dogs on leads.  So here are a few of favourite places to take our four legged friends in the summer…


Trelissick Gardens //  Pic by @creeksidecottages

A wooded parkland that surrounds the estate which has something for everyone, from large fields to run free, a quiet beach looking out on to the magnificent Carrick Roads sailing waters which is perfect for swimming waters for our loved companions and there are various walks which can tire any dog out. However the main gardens aren’t accessible for dogs unfortunately but the delicious cafe is.


Durgan // Pic by @creeksidecottages

The tiny fishing village of Durgan, is a secluded slice of Cornwall and can even be peaceful in the heights of summer, walking into Durgan feels like a step back in time with delightful stone cottages. The surrounding area is of extreme beauty with coastal walks down to the Ferryboat Inn or if you head in the other direction Maenporth Beach which is a little bit further. In both directions are many open fields, more serene beaches and fantastic scents for our dogs. Be wary in some of the fields can be cattle and other farm animals! 

Idless Woods 

Idless Woods // Pic by @creeksidecottages

A peaceful woodland on the outskirts of Truro, these woods are used for numerous leisure activities but by fair the most popular activity would be dog walking. The woodland is full of wonderful tall trees such as pines, beeches, huge larches and a collection of eucalyptus. With the vast landscape to explore and stream to splash around it is a sensory haven for our four legged companions, it also is a haven for wildlife as a well such as Red & Roe Dear, otters and badgers. Finally, after your exploration of the magical woods, there is wonderful cafe to treat yourself at the foodie haven which is the Woodman’s Cabin.

 Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay // Pic by @olivers_phy

A beautiful beach which has so much more to offer with maundering sand dunes that are incredible to explore and wonderful wildlife which is amazing to watch. Holywell is deceiving from afar with large dunes obscuring the wonderful stretch of golden sand, this is wonderful while roaming around the beach with the unspoilt rural backdrop creating the feeling of discovering something completely new.

Mylor Harbour Beach View

Mylor Harbour Beach // Pic by @creeksidecottages

This pebbly beach, is quiet and can be sheltered with open unhindered views on to the Carrick Roads perfect watching all the sailing boats glide past. Mylor Harbour is incredibly well equipped for all your needs that you have throughout the day, with a delightful incredibly dog friendly cafe in Cafe Mylor and then the delicious Castaways is wonder restaurant that allows dog outside too. If you want to be out on the water then there are plenty of options with Windsport providing an excellent sailing school and plenty of equipment to hire, with Mylor Boat Hire offering a similar service. A spectacular location which any dog is sure to enjoy.

Carne Beach

Carne Beach // Pic by @equilibrium_cornwall

A delightful stretch of golden sand on the Roseland Peninsula, and is owned by the National Trust. Allowing dogs all year round, it is an open playground for them when the tide is out and is secluded and peaceful for us as well. If you and your four legged companion fancies some food during your to the beach trip, then the Nare Hotel offers a delightful food with a menu dedicated for the dogs. 

If you are looking for a Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage, we have loads that can meet any dog owners desire.

For any more dog friendly information, head over to Dog Friendly Cornwall.

Written by Jon Watson, Cornwall lover and resident of Cornwall for over 20 years.