Dogs and their owners love nothing more than a stroll, run and paddle at the beach.

But with the summer seeing many more people using Cornwall’s beaches there is a need to restrict the times that our four-legged friends can use them.

Cornwall Council sets public space protection orders (PSPOs) that set these restrictions for a number of beaches during the summer season.

The council is not responsible for all beaches in Cornwall, some are privately owned and will have their own restrictions. Others will have no restrictions all year round.

This year the council had to review all its PSPOs and took the opportunity to harmonise them to make it easier for residents and visitors to understand.

Previously there were a number of different times and dates given for when the restrictions applied which made it difficult to keep track of which beaches were open to dogs.

As a result many of the beaches which have PSPOs will now only have restrictions in July and August and from 10am to 6pm each day.

These are:

Cadgwith Cove

Castle Beach, Falmouth

Cawsand Beach

Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes

Church Cove, Gunwalloe

Harveys Towans – Godrevy Point, Hayle

Housel Bay, The Lizard

Kennack Sands, The Lizard

Kynance Cove, The Lizard

Maenporth Beach, Falmouth

Mousehole Beach to Skilly Beach

Newlyn Beach to Battery Rocks

Penzance Harbour to Marazion


Poldhu Beach, Mullion

Polurrian Cove Beach, Mullion

Porthcurno Beach

Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan

Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives

Porthleven West

Porthpean Beach, St Austell

Portmellon Cove, Mevagissey

Portreath Beach, including harbour

Praa Sands Beach

Readymoney Cove, Fowey

St George’s Well, Padstow

St Ives Harbour Beach

Summer’s Beach, St Mawes

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

Tattam’s Beach, Portscatho

Tunnel Beach, Falmouth

However those beaches which have Blue Flags or Seaside Awards will have restrictions in place from May to September in order to retain their status.

The environmental awards have strict criteria for beaches which are given the accolades.

A number of beaches had the restrictions start on May 15 and will run until September 30. The restrictions are daily from 10am to 6pm.

These are:

Carbis Bay Beach

Crackington Haven

Crooklets Beach, Bude

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Polzeath Beach

Porth Beach, Porth

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthtowan Beach

Sennen Beach

Trevone Beach, Padstow

Widemouth Beach, Bude