For a beach with the Woof Factor head to Maenporth just outside Falmouth. This attractive sheltered east-facing sandy beach set between small headlands has shallow water great for children …and dogs. Whether it's sticks, stones or a battered old ball, dogs won't care when they're getting their paws wet and leaping along the shoreline in pursuit of the cast-off treasure destined for their slobbery jaws. It's a beach to keep doggie- masters smiling too with views over Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle and a pick of places for a beachside snack; the laid-back Life's a Beach Café or chic The Cove Restaurant where dogs can dry off with a well deserved snooze on the outside balcony.
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At low tide Crooklets beach on the north side of Bude is a canine dream. Adventurous pooches will love scrambling over the rocks and dipping their noses into rock pools whilst energetic canines can perfect their jumping, running and fetching skills on the wide expanse of golden sand. It's also home to the Bude Surf Life Saving Club for equally active owners and has bucket-loads of facilities with a play area, skate park, beach cafè, amusements and pubs all close by.
Detour from the road heading south east towards Fowey and you will find the small village of Polkerris which is home to a sheltered harbour beach overlooking St Austell Bay. Doggie delights here involve jumping from the stone quay, barking at wetsuit-clad water sport novices trying their luck with a sailing or windsurfing taster session, or drooling at the smell of the delicious food being served from the beachside restaurant, Sam's on the Beach.
This is one of those beaches that has it all – rolling surf, golden sands, large dunes, dramatic cliffs and to top it all off it's located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts a coveted Blue Flag award. After running wild on the beach at low tide, you can walk to the neighbouring and equally stunning beach at Chapel Porth and return to Porthtown via the South West Coast Path which skirts over the cliffs with spectacular views out to sea. Enjoy a relaxed end to walkies seated in the Blue Bar, a dog-friendly beachside café where you can grab a drink and watch the sun go down.
Another great beach for getting paws sandy and tails wagging is Porth on the outskirts of Newquay. With endless flat yellow sand it offers the perfect playground for chasing seagulls, catching balls and jumping puddles. For dog-owners, a walk around Porth Island which can be reached via a foot-bridge to the east of the beach, offers a lesson in local history with its impressive prehistoric defensive earthworks and the remains of a settlement.
Beaches in Cornwall with year-round dog bans include Millendreath, East Looe, Crinnis, Charlestown and Duporth.
For more ideas and dog-friendly information seevisitcornwall.com