4 OF OUR FAVOURITE DOG-FRIENDLY BEACHES ON THE SOUTH COAST
As you probably know by now, we love dogs here at Lower Barns! We love nothing more than seeing canine companions getting involved in their owner’s big day. Not only do you get some wonderful memories and gorgeous photographs, you’ll also have the chance to explore the stunning Cornish scenery hand in paw. With that in mind, here are four of our favourite beaches on the South Coast which remain dog-friendly all year round.
- Gorran Haven
- 5.9 miles away
- Car park
- Beach shop and pub
One of our nearest beaches is Gorran Haven and we can’t get enough of it! The village is located on the edge of this pretty sandy beach, which is perfect for a sniff and a wander. Thanks to its position, it’s super sheltered, making it a great spot for having a paddle too (though do be warned there is no lifeguard service here). For that reason, it’s also a wonderful beach for kayaking around if that’s your jam. Check out the stone pier – which makes part of a small harbour – it dates back to pilchard fishing in the 19th century. While times have moved on since then, you’ll still see the odd working boat today.
- 6.2 miles away
- Car park about quarter of a mile away
- Steep walk to access
- No facilities
If you’re up for a rugged adventure, this could be the beach for you! Access to this beach is along the South West Coast Path, so you’ll have to park further away (there is a National Trust carpark about quarter of a mile away) and walk down. But it’s worth it! Thanks to the difficult access and lack of facilities, this remains somewhat of a secret beach, which is popular with locals and walkers who stumble across it. Head here for low tide for the best fun, when there will be plenty of small coves and rock pools to explore.
- 11.7 miles away
On the picture-perfect Roseland Heritage Coast, you’ll find a gorgeous little beach called Porthcurnick. Access is via a short walk from the carpark and you’ll also find a nearby café in a wooden shed serving up simple lunches and hot drinks. This south-east facing cove is owned by the National Trust and it’s a great spot for dog walking thanks to the gentle waters and many rock pools. If Rover is in need of more leg-stretching, head to the nearby coast path for a decent walk with guaranteed beautiful views whichever direction you take!
- Polridmouth Cove
- 14.1 miles away
- Carpark about half a mile away
- No facilities
Head to the area once home to Daphne du Maurier and see her world brought to life. This beach is technically two coves, which are separated by a rocky headland. You can walk between them both via the sand at low tide or by taking the coast path at high tide. Access is via an unmarked wooded track and the beach has a lush, untouched vibe. The second cove along is backed by the lawns and lake of Polridmouth Cottage which makes for an idyllic setting. Again, thanks to the walk involved in reaching this beach and the lack of facilities when you arrive, it remains a fairly quiet spot even in the height of summer.