Beaches & Coves
A long stretch of sandy beach between Boscastle and Budeb with plenty of rock pools . There is good access from the road/car park.
Summer lifeguards. Refreshments available. Ample parking, toilets and telephone adjacent to the Beach. Dogs allowed off season only.
A few minutes drive along the road from Tintagel towards Boscastle. A beautiful hidden gem, this large sandy beach is accessible only via footpath over farm land and steep man-made steps down the cliffs.
No lifeguards. Ample parking. Toilets and telephone 10 minute walk from Beach. Dogs allowed all year. There is little shade on a hot day, and there are no rubbish bins.
A long stretch of sandy beach with plenty of rock pools just south of Tintagel. There is fairly good access from the road (drop-off point) and the car park is a 5 minute walk.
Popular with surfers. Summer lifeguards. Refreshments available. Ample parking, toilets and telephone at the Beach. Dogs allowed all year.
Port Gaverne is a sheltered, narrow cove with plenty of sand at low tide. Popular with families as it has plenty of rock pools. Parking in Port Isaac and walk across.
No lifeguards. Dogs allowed all year.
Port Isaac & Port Quinn
At low tide, Port Isaac beach doubles as a car park. There are various cafes, restaurants and pubs in the village. Port Quinn, a small inlet harbour a few miles to the west is a beautiful walk. There is a small National Trust car park.
No lifeguard’s. Refreshments, toilets & telephone available in Port Isaac. Dogs allowed all year.
A large sandy beach, popular with families and surfers. There is a quaint cove to the north called Pentireglaze Haven. Level access to the beach, which doubles as the car park. At New Polzeath there are several steps.
No dogs during the summer. Summer lifeguards. Refreshments available.
Play Safe! Tide and Beach Guides covering North Cornwall are available from the Visitor Centre. Do not swim in the sea unless under the supervision of Lifeguards. Excluding Polzeath, all of our beaches are covered at high tide, so visits need to be planned in advance.
A map of dog friendly beaches in Cornwall is available here.