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‘Tis the sandy season: best winter beaches for dogs


It’s winter, and that means it’s time to get the dog coat out!

Yes we know it’s a struggle getting the furry tyke into it, but when your little soldier is all wrapped up for the winter you know you can take him anywhere and he’ll be as snug as a pug in a rug. (Unless your name is Merchant Mutt Murphy of course, in which case you’ll career around the room trying to get away from said dog coat.)

Here are our favourite sandy places to pass the time with our pooches:

Portholland Beach

Here’s a treat to start you off with, a two-in-one!

Situated on the mid-south Cornwall coast, Portholland Beach is a treasure only revealed at low tide when the coves of East and West Portholland combine to create a wonderful doggy playground. Rock pools, safe bathing and the delicious sea air of the coast are all dog and owner need for a grand day on the sand.

There are some lovely steps to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine and the nearby Caerhays Castle allows dogs on leads, so if poochy gets tired of the sand (we’ve yet to see it happen), a little piece of history never goes amiss!

Pendower Beach

Less than an hour’s drive from Truro is Pendower Beach, a mile-long stretch of sand that unites with Carne Beach at low tide (another two-in-one? Excellent!).

There are hotels at either end of this sandy strip where you can take a few minutes off of your feet to refresh yourselves. Alternatively trek up to Nare Head (the headland at the left hand side of the beach when facing the sea) and drink in some truly excellent ocean views.

Dogs must be kept on leads on Pendower/Carne Beach, but to be honest, if we let Murphy off his lead on a beach this big he would likely scamper off over the horizon, the little rascal…

Swanpool Beach

A favourite of Merchant House, Swanpool Beach in Falmouth gives dogs free reign during the winter, and with a delightful beach café serving some pretty funky ice creams there’s something to keep everyone happy. (It’s never too cold for ice cream; we’ll have a ‘Hedgehog’, ‘Malt Pleaser’ and ‘Shy Coconut’, please!)


We’re so very lucky in Cornwall to have this many beaches at our fingertips, so in turn we must also have very lucky dogs! Murphy loves to see new friends arrive through our door, and if we can assist you and your canine companion in any way during your stay in Cornwall, just bark!