Dog friendly beaches

Dog friendly beaches in St Ives

Dogs love beaches, but unfortunately many of Cornwall’s most popular beaches are closed to dogs during the summer months. However, this doesn’t mean no beach for your dog this summer; there are several dog friendly beaches in and around St Ives even during the holiday season. As for the rest of the year, as long as you pick up after your pooch you can take your pick.

Dogs allowed all year

  • Hor Point beach
  • Clodgy Point beach
  • Bamaluz beach
  • Lambeth Walk beach
  • Porthkidney Sands

These beaches are open to dogs all year. Out of all of them Porthkidney at low tide is probably the best option with a mile of wide open sand to run around on. It is also worth noting the first 2 on the list are quite difficult to get to and are accessed via the coast path.  Bamaluz and Lambeth walk are both only really beaches at low tide.

Dogs not allowed from Easter day to 1st October

  • Porthmeor beach
  • Porthgwidden beach
  • St Ives Harbour beach
  • Porthminster beach
  • Carbis Bay beach

Whilst you cannot take your dog on these beaches during the day there is some flexibility with the seasonal ban only being in place between 8am and 7pm.

This information can be downloaded from the Cornwall County Council’s dog friendly beach guide (2mb)

Bamaluz Beach

Bamaluz Beach

Bamaluz beach is an elusive little cove that is not there as often as it is there! Known locally as the ‘secret beach’ Bamaluz is only really a beach at low tide. It is a great get away spot, rarely getting busy even in the height of summer. Whilst at midday the beach is a sun trap it does tend to fall into the shade later in the day due to the terrace of tall houses behind.

Bamaluz beach is located between the harbour and Porthgwidden beach and is accessed by a set of steep steps just in front of the St Ives Museum at Wheal Dream. With rock pools and boulders to clamber over there is plenty for kids to do, however, there is no lifeguard service and the nearest facilities are around the corner at Porthgwidden. Bamaluz beach is dog friendly and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

It is at Bamaluz that local author Phil Moran’s series of Soggy Bear books begins. Soggy is left on top of a sandcastle as the tide comes in getting washed out to sea only to be rescued by a local fisherman.