Dogs set to be welcomed onto three Falmouth beaches

October 11th, 2014

Dogs could be welcome on Falmouth’s beaches next summer, with a plan to allow them on three beaches set to be looked at by councillors.

The ban is believed to have put some people off visiting the town’s beaches, with several of the visitors to our pet friendly cottages Cornwall opting to visit other beaches where dogs are allowed.

Bylaws currently ban pooches from three Falmouth beaches between Easter Sunday and September 30, but that could change.

So we thought we’d look at the three beaches which may soon be home to happy hounds.


Gylly is one of the most popular Falmouth beaches and has Blue Flag status.

It has a wide arc of sand and the waters are a deep and inviting blue tone. It also has a great café and is just 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre.



Swanpool isn’t just a beach but is also a Nature Reserve.

The natural surroundings help make Swanpool into a pretty and friendly beach – and it’s just on the outskirts of Falmouth, like Gyllyngvase.

The sand and shingle beach has heaps of easy parking, an outdoor café, crazy golf course and hire outlets for water sports enthusiasts.



Maenporth is a bit further afield than the other two beaches, as it’s around two miles out of Falmouth.

The beautiful sandy cove is secluded and perfect for sun bathing out of the wind, while its dozens of rock pools are the ideal place for children to play.

There are fantastic views across Falmouth bay and towards Pendennis Castle from the beach and it’s also a great starting point for walkers heading onto the Helford river area – perhaps making this the ideal candidate for dog-friendly status.