TOP 5 MCS RECOMMENDED DOG-FRIENDLY BEACHES IN CORNWALL
17 April 2014
With the announcement of the recent results from The Good Beach Guide on this year’s beaches and their water quality we thought we would give you some insight into five of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) ‘recommended’ beaches for water quality that allow dogs in the Truro area of Cornwall. These beaches offer great days out for all the family from your dog friendly accommodation that allow you to take the whole family not just the two-legged ones.
Perranporth Penhale Sands, Perranporth
Penhale Sands is located behind Perran Sands and along with Perranporth Beach (Village End) they make up a three mile stretch of golden sandy beach with good surfing conditions. The beach is located on the award-winning Southwest Coastal path and is also backed by a dune system which is ideal for tiring an excited pup out!
If you don’t want to relax and get a tan this beach can offer you swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing and sea canoeing. There is also zoning in place for water sports.
A pleasant walk with your dog can be taken through the dune system above the beach to St. Piran's Cross and the ruins of St. Piran's Oratory.
Close to the coastal village of Portscatho, Porthcurnick is an isolated sandy beach backed by cliffs. The beach can be reached by a footpath through fields and then steep zigzagged steps. There is a seasonal cafe with outdoor seating which is ideal for getting refreshments after keeping your four-legged friend entertained. There are good rockpools to explore and the possibility of seeing basking sharks in the spring (not in the rockpools).
If you fancy embarking on a nice walk then hop on to the coastal footpath to Portscatho around St Anthony Headland (west) or to Carne/Pendower beaches (east). Keep your eye on the sea for whales and the basking sharks we mentioned.
Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes
Trevaunance cove, near St Agnes, is a small, north-facing beach in a scenic cove. Its sandy but slightly shingle-peppered shore is completely covered at high tide. It is enclosed on both sides by cliffs, rocks and an old harbour wall. At low tide you’re treated to rocky areas either side of the beach which are revealed.
Trevaunance is a popular family beach which includes your pooch of course. The beach is also home to a popular surfing venue due to its good waves.
There are some lovely local coastal walks for visitors to experience too.
Porthluney, Gorran haven
Porthluney is a sheltered sandy cove beach which sits in the shadow of Caerhays Castle, and can also be called Caerhays Beach. It is a south-facing, sandy beach which sits in a sheltered cove near Dodman Point in South East Cornwall. The beach is part of the Caerhays estate.
Why not take a stroll to the Caerhays castle and gardens while you’re there and stretch those legs- both you and you doggy!
Gorran Haven (Vault), St Austell
Gorran Haven beach is a good safe beach for children which offers gently shelving sand. The nearby cliffs rise to an impressive 110 metres.
The beach is used for swimming and surfing (more experienced surfers only). There is no zoning for water sports activities so you should be aware of your surroundings when taking a dip to cool down.