Posted: 13months ago

We have some of the country’s best beaches in St Austell Bay and many of them are dog-friendly. Check out our guide below to find the perfect beach for you and your pooch.


Par Beach


Dogs are welcome here all year round, so consequently it’s an extremely popular beach for dog walkers. There is plenty of parking (Cornwall Council) close to the beach and plenty of bins. The large area of sand, especially when the tide is out, makes it a great place for dogs to stretch their legs, chase their favourite toy or go for a swim.


Polridmouth Cove


Just a stones throw from Gribbin Head, Polridmouth is a relatively secluded area, used either by locals or those walking onto the Gribbin. The cove is a safe and secluded area for dogs to discover new smells and have a swim all year around. There is a car park around 10 to 15 minutes walk down a track and through woodland. Although much of the beach is claimed a high tide, but can make a great stop off mid-walk. 


Hallane Beach


Lying to the west of Black Head and north east of Pentewan, Hallane Beach is a small, mixed shingle and sand beach. Access to the beach is by steps and is probably more suited to dogs who love to explore shallow pools and chase balls into the sea. There are no facilities here and you’ll often find you have the beach all to yourself. Park at Trenarren and walk along the right hand fork on the surfaced track into the valley, then take the bridleway to Hallane Mill. You will find the beach at the bottom of the steps below the Mill.


Caerhays Beach
Otherwise known as Porthluney, this good sized beach welcomes dogs on leads all year round. Making up part of the Caerhays Estate gives this beach a very unique and striking backdrop. Caerhays is great for families with dogs looking to spend time together, with its golden sand ideal for playing and safe waters for paddling. Even at high tide, there’s plenty of room to enjoy the beach. There is a large car park just minutes from the beach with charges payable from May to September. There is also a beach café open everyday during the summer and at selected times during the winter.


Hemmick Beach


This sandy beach is a good size and gives good opportunity for dogs to stretch their legs. Lying to the west of Dodman Point, you will be surrounded by some spectacular scenery. This beach will make a great stop-off during a coastal walk. Often secluded, there are no facilities here, so make sure you’ve got all you need with you. There is a National Trust car park nearby, ‘Penare (Dodman Point)’ located at PL26 6NY. From here, there is a steep walk to the beach, taking around 15 minutes or so. There is a space for a very small number of cars by the beach.


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