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Woof! Dog Friendly Beaches in Newquay

 


Newquay has some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall and here at The Esplanade Hotel we are proud to be a dog-friendly hotel so you can enjoy everything the bright-and-beachy town has to offer, as a family. We’ve asked our resident dog-lovers to tell us about their favourite dog-friendly beaches and days out; here’s what they said…
 

Crantock Beach, Newquay


Voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast 2013, Crantock Beach lies on the River Gannel Estuary offering a beautiful expanse of golden beach with good surf, ideal for all abilities. The beach has cliffs and rocks both sides and backs onto sand dunes. There are many entrances to the beach making it one of the easiest to access with your four-legged friend. The River Gannel at the northern end is a tidal river and is a popular and pretty spot for sheltered bathing.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September.
 


Fistral Beach, Newquay


Right on our doorstep, Fistral Beach is Newquay’s iconic beach. Mention it to any surf enthusiast and they’ll know it. Seafront facilities including surf equipment hire, surf lessons, showers, toilets, car parking, restaurants and cafes. But, most importantly, there's tonnes of space for throwing, fetching and frisbee.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: Full cover from May to September and voluntary weekend cover on busy weekends through the winter.
 


Great Western Beach, Newquay


One of the most popular town centre beaches, Great Western Beach is popular with families due to the slightly smaller surf. Park in one of the town centre car parks and stroll down in the morning for a nice plod along the sands – the high cliffs mean that it’ll be shady and pretty deserted until a bit later in the day.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September
 


Harbour Beach, Newquay


Harbour Beach is great fun for curious hounds to sniff around and explore. Best to walk rather than linger, it’s fun to watch the boats coming in and out from Harbour Beach; it’s also a bit of a sun trap. A word of caution: this beach is only recommended for able-footed hounds (and humans) as it’s about 5-10 minutes' walk from the town centre and accessed via steep steps.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: No, this beach is more for walking than swimming.
 


Holywell Bay Beach, Newquay


Holywell Bay Beach is on the rugged North Cornwall coast, around 6 miles' drive from central Newquay. However, it’s well-worth the trip. At low tide the beach offers a massive mile-long stretch of sandy loveliness. There’s a good pub nearby too.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September.
 


Mawgan Porth Beach, Newquay


Mawgan Porth Beach is a lovely sandy expanse backed by grassy dunes – great for exploring! The beach is popular with families, surfers and dog walkers. It’s also well-equipped with plenty of places to grab a cuppa and a bite to eat.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year.

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September.
 


Sandy Banks of the River Gannel, Newquay


No longer a working estuary, traces of Newquay’s seafaring past can still be seen and inquisitive dogs will have fun sniffing around the moorings and derelict craft. There’s a vast recreation area and nature reserve at The Gannel Estuary. The banks of the tidal estuary are a haven for birds so take your binoculars! There is limited parking but the Estuary is an easy walk from town and forms part of the Crantock Circular Walk –  find out more…

DOG FRIENDLY: All year

LIFEGUARD COVER: No, the Estuary is more for walking than swimming.
 


Towan Beach, Newquay


Towan is a popular, busy beach right in the centre of town. It backs onto a buzzy promenade where you’ll find plenty of shops and cafes. Please note that the town centre parking is your best bet for accessing this beach, it’s just a few minute’s walk from the sand.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September
 


Watergate Bay Beach, Newquay


About 15 mins drive from Newquay, Watergate Bay is famed for its eateries – the stars of the show being Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the Beach Hut. Whilst Fifteen is a hound-free haven, the Beach Hut is the exact opposite. There’s parking just off the beach so Watergate Bay is the perfect place for an early morning stroll followed by a coffee and a read of the morning papers.

DOG FRIENDLY: All year

LIFEGUARD COVER: May – September
 


Dog Friendly Days Out in Cornwall…


If the weather let’s you down, or you just feel like a break from the beach, there are lots of lovely places to head to with hounds. Here are some of our favourites:

The Eden Project

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Trebah Gardens

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Holywell Bay Fun Park

Port Eliot House & Gardens

 

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