Dog Friendly Holidays in St Ives


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The great thing about Cornwall is the unlimited number of gorgeous beaches that dogs can enjoy. However, between Easter day through to September 30th there are restrictions on many of the beaches.

With that in mind, here’s a useful guide on dog friendly beaches PLUS our TOP 4 alternative St Ives dog walks. This will help you and your 4-legged friend(s) get the most walking enjoyment during your holiday.

Which St Ives beaches are dog friendly?

It’s good to know that some beaches, including the fabulous Porth Kidney beach located in Lelant are dog friendly ALL year round.

Also, ALL the main St Ives beaches in town are dog-friendly between October 1st right up to the last Sunday before Easter.

However, during summer months there’s a 24-hour dog ban on Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Porthminster. You can get a full breakdown of dog-friendly beaches here: Read more

Also, for a comprehensive list of dog friendly beaches checkout the “Beach Guide” dog friendly beach page here – dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

Aside from the beaches, there are many alternatives walks for you to explore whilst escaping the crowds.

Alternative St Ives dog walks!

#1. Clodgy Point

An invigorating walk, starting from Porthmeor Beach and out onto the South West Coast Path as it travels through the open heathland of Clodgy Point, rich in wildlife. Upon reaching Clodgy Point, head upwards, sticking to the left hand footpath. The route returns through the ancient landscape of patchwork fields bounded by tumbledown granite walls. The path is rough in places, and there is some ascent and descent, though none of it is steep or prolonged. Don’t forget to look out for seals!

#2. Trencrom Hill

Situated just off, Trencrom dominates the local area, towering over Llant Downs.  You can walk around the base of the hill and from the granite outcrop on its summit there are breathtaking views over to St Ives and in the other direction Mounts Bay.

#3. Knills Monument

Starting at Steeple Lane you can explore Steeple woods and climb up to the monument, taking in the stunning views of St Ives Bay.  For a longer walk you can add the circular walk to Halsetown and enjoy a lunch or a pint at the Halsetown Inn half way round.

#4. Hayle Towans

On the coastal road from Hayle to Gwithian shortly after the caravan park there is a left turn to Gwithian Towans with parking.  In addition to the lovely towans you can drop down onto the beach.  Enjoy lunch at the Sunset Cafe by the main car park.

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