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Beach restrictions for dog owners

From the 15th May the beach restrictions change for dogs on beaches here in Cornwall, but it is great news that the restrictions are much less than they used to be. And here in North Cornwall there are only a couple of beaches affected.

You can still visit Widemouth Bay (Black Rock), Daymer Bay, Rock, Trebarwith, Hawkers Cover, Bossiney, Northcott, Millook and Watergate Bay. And before 10am and after 6pm all beaches are accessible with dogs. Many beaches are only restricting dogs between July 1st and August 31st which is a much shorter than previous years. Obviously good dog behaviour is required and some beaches do still ask that you keep your dog on a lead.

Public Consultation

Further afield you can still use Perranporth as well as all parts of the coastal path and the coves you can access from there. For more detailed information you can access the Cornwall Council web site by clicking here. This change is due to a public consultation that the local council undertook on beach restrictions in 2022 which focussed on the needs of locals and tourists alike by standardising the rules and giving more time to dog owners.

Blue Flag Beaches

It was recently announced that Cornwall has achieved blue flag and seaside award status on 15 beaches, 6 of which are here in North Cornwall:

Polzeath » Wadebridge
- The popularity of Polzeath has grown over recent years. This results from the combination of a beautiful sandy beach, laid back beach town feel and ideal conditions for learning to
Widemouth Bay » Bude
- The beach at Widemouth Bay is a wide expanse of open sand stretching nearly 2 miles. Despite being only 3 miles from the popular resort town of Bude the beach here has a wild feel.
Crooklets » Bude
- The small beach of Crooklets adjoins Summerleaze and Northcott Mouth at low tide forming a larger bay. The sandy beach is bordered to the north by Wrangle point and separated from
Summerleaze » Bude
- Located within easy walking distance of Bude town centre Summerleaze is a popular beach. However, the extensive sands in every direction mean at anything except high tide it is unlikely
Trevone Bay » Padstow
- Trevone is a popular beach with both surfers and families. The main beach is sandy inlet that is actually far deeper than it is wide. To either side of this expanse of golden sand
Crackington Haven
- A self contained resort with a deep beach great for surfing at low tide and ideal for dog walking with easy access to the coastal path, a pub and two cafes and plenty of parking make it an ideal day out
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