One of Cornwall’s best known and popular beaches, this stretch of sand is also suitable for dogs all year round. As convenient by car as on foot, the beach has large car park that couldn’t be closer to the sand. The beach extends from Droskyn to Penhale Point, and swells in size when the tide goes out. Towards Penhale, you and your furry friend will encounter masses of wildlife as well as the ruins of an ancient church. As the beach can get pretty busy in July and August, the advice is to keep your dog on a lead, but there’s always space to find a patch of sand for your pooch.
Top five beaches for dogs all-year round
Bringing your dog to the beach is one of life’s great joys. Yet a quick search online tends to send you to coastal areas where our furry friends are only allowed in the quietest areas of the year, if at all.
With this in mind, we wanted to bring you our quintessential list of beaches that welcome your dog with equal gusto in August as October. Whether it’s a blustery day in the heart of autumn or one of the hottest days of the year, have no fear because these spaces provide the perfect setting for a dog-friendly beach holiday all year round.
Durdle Door, Dorset
The iconic cove at this bottom-of-the-cliff beach is a grand sight for dogs and humans alike. This limestone arch leads into beautifully clear sea water, having been formed by thousands of years’ of waves pounding against the headland. Equally suitable for the most energetic of swimmers and those who simply want to relax with their dog, the beach is formed of sand and shingle. Accessible from the cliff top, the walk up and down isn’t too much of a stretch for you and your furry friend given the fantastic infrastructure in place. The sunset here is a delight all year round, so it’s just as well your dog is welcome for all 12 months, too. This is the place to be for a dog friendly holiday in Dorset.
Caister Point, Norfolk
Caister Point is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city and even some of its fellow Norfolk beaches. Much quieter than its neighbours, it’s great for a dog friendly adventure to the coast. Just a short walk from the ever-popular Great Yarmouth, the beach is made up of sand and shingle for your dog to seep their paws into. No restrictions mean your furry friend is free to run along the shore as they please. Known for natural and man-made wonders alike, you both have a great chance of spotting some seals from the nearby colony at Horsey. You’ll also see the remarkable Scroby Sands Wind Farm in the distance, an innovative masterpiece that provides over 40,000 homes with environmentally friendly electricity.
Gronant Dunes, North Wales
Who wouldn’t want to check out a Site of Special Scientific Interest? Gronant Dunes is literally steps from our dog friendly park at Presthaven, and is an oasis of plant and animal life that’s just waiting to be explored. With Barkby Beach to the west and Talacre Point to the east, Gronant Dunes provides the perfect playground for your pooch to stretch their legs whilst you take in the peaceful surroundings. Whether it’s winter or summer, viewing platforms give you both the chance to spot an array of wildlife native to the area, with vast expanses ideal for your hound to hone in on the sand.
This long, sandy Scottish beach welcomes dogs with open arms. Picked as much for its surroundings as its sand, there are excellent views for you to enjoy out to the mystifying Isle of Arran. The mountainous terrain is a constant reminder of the beauty in this part of the world, and plane spotters may be able to see one or two aircraft from the nearby airport - a reminder of human influence on the setting. Whether you’ve come for an exercise-filled experience with your pup or just to relax, the beach has ample places to walk and rest. Take a few pooch-inspired photos here - the Firth of Clyde is a fantastic background for any picture.