Homeward Hound Adventure Blog
Dog friendly Cornwall – Newquay edition
I was lucky enough to be born in the South West of England. I moved away for university and work before being able to return home, two dogs and other half in tow. I have two basset hounds, who aren’t the biggest fans of water have certainly loved the move. Both Halle and Loki absolutely love the beach and enjoy a good charge about (sometimes with a beautiful accompanying sound).
In February 2022 we moved to the Newquay area of Cornwall and we have now spent our days off exploring what Dog friendly Cornwall has to offer.
My first edition is brining you some of the delights that Newquay has to offer.
Fistral Beach –
Fistral beach is known to be one of the best beaches for surfing in Cornwall, but did you know it’s also dog friendly all year round?
The beach faces to the West and is backed by sand dunes and cliffs. The beach is also overlooked by the Headland Hotel (dogs are welcome to say at the hotel and in the cottages. When the tide is out the golden sand stretches across facing the Atlantic sea. When the tide is out there are rockpools to explore and plenty of surfers to watch.
Fistral beach also has an array of Eateries including Fistral Beach Bar and The Stable which are also dog friendly. There is parking, toilets and showers making it super accessible for families. The beach allows dogs to walk on it all year round making it a perfect holiday spot. The beach has access to a long period of seasonal lifeguard (I would advise checking beforehand).
One of my absolute favourite spots in Cornwall has to be Watergate bay beach. Again Watergate is dog friendly all year round. You can also walk from the car parks up onto the cliffs and onto the coastal path which allows access to some spectacular views.
Watergate is home to some unique events, including the music festival Boardmasters which takes place during August. It has also previously hosted Polo on the beach.
The beach faces to the West and looks out onto the Atlantic sea. When the tide is out a vast amount of golden sand is exposed making it an excellent place to allow your dogs to adventure. Once you’ve finished walking there are a number of eateries available. The Beach Hut is one of my personal favourites, simply because of the ‘extreme hot chocolate’, which I promise you will not regret. The Beach hut looks out onto the beach with some gorgeous views – perfect for warming up after a winter stroll. Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the restaurant.
There are parking and toilets at the beach along with a beach shop. The beach also has seasonal life guard cover.
If you are looking for places to adventure with your dog I would highly recommend.
Polly Joke Beach –
If you are after an unspoilt beach with some gorgeous dog walking opportunities, I would highly recommend Polly Joke Beach.
Polly Joke is situated further on from Crantock beach, but still on the North Coast. There are different options for parking including the National Trust parking. Access to this beach isn’t as easy however the views are worth it. Polly Joke has no developments overlooking, meaning it is unspoilt.
In the summertime you can see the Poppy fields on the headland before dropping down to a stunning view of the beach. There is access to the Coastal path which numerous different options including some longer dog walking options if your pooch loves a long stroll.
Due to the unspoilt nature of this beach there are less facilities, so would be worth double checking whilst planning your visit.