Saturday 4 May 2013

Cornish Beaches by Bazil

As I haven't been to much of Cornwall and only seen 3 beaches there I asked a friend of mine to help me out with some vital info on a few more Cornwall Beaches.

Bazil is a young Terrier (he tells me he a Jack Russel X Border Terrier), He recently agreed to share his forever sofa with a sisfur called Molly and they love nothing more than a zoom and sniff at the beach and sporting rather fetching bandanna’s! (I do luff a bandanna!!!) 

Crantock Beach – Newquay
Car Parking – there is a National Trust car park for the beach, open all year but charges apply only during National Trust season, free to National Trust members.
This is the most amazing beach for zoomies, when the tide is low the beach is huge. You can walk to Crantock at low tide from Newquay along the river Gannel. Up from the beach there are some brilliant dunes which are great for exploring but we stay on our leads otherwise we would chase the bunnies & you need to watch for adders in the Spring months as they don’t take to kindly to us sniffing at their young and can give us dogs a nasty bite! Ouch!
Dog waste bins in the car park. Pooey!
Just up from the National Trust car park is a cafe for yummy noms, which is open during the summer season.

Fistral Beach – Newquay
Car Parking - there is a car park at the beach which is controlled by “Parking Eye” cameras, make sure you put a ticket on your car as the fine for not paying is huge!
You can also park at the other end of the beach, South Fistral, up at Pentire on the road which is free. This does get busy during the summer months though.
Fistral is a famous surfer’s beach which is very popular and gets very busy in the summer, it is dog friendly all year round but we tend to only go in the evenings during the busy times as it is quieter then. We’ve watched lots of great sunsets down here in the evenings. Another big beach at low tide and lots of locals uses it for dog walking. Lots of bins situated along the beach so no excuse not to pick up our poop!

At South Fistral end is dog friendly Bodhis, for just a coffee or a full dinner and down the main end of the beach are some surf shops, we have to go in Fat face every time for mum. There is also a dog friendly beach bar for a cheeky beer or a coffee, a Ben & Jerrys ice cream shop which sells Cornish pastys & sausage rolls and a seasonal fish n chip shop, nom nom!

It is also good to walk up to the headland from here where you can sometimes see the famous Cribber wave and some very brave surfers and some spectacular views. For a real treat you can pop into the very posh, dog friendly Headland Hotel for a yummy cream tea.

Mawgan Porth
Car Parking – there are some privately owned car parks which tend to charge by the day/half day across the road from the beach.
Dog poo bins at the edge of the beach.
Another year round dog friendly beach where the tide goes out a long way, with a stream running in to the sea. We like to walk across the beach up onto the cliff path along to Bedruthan Steps where there is a National Trust (open National Trust season), this is normally where we take mum for her mother’s day cream tea. Dogs are only allowed in the garden here though, pfft. There is also a national trust shop and some picnic benches if you like to bring your own noms.
Mum n dad also like a very basic campsite up at Bedruthan Steps, open July and August only,dog friendly with the most amazing views. Watch the sun go down eating your BBQ and wake up to the sound of wildlife and the sea, heaven.

 Newquay Harbour to Lusty Glaze
Car Parking - you can park in one of the many public car parks located in or near the town.
This is a lovely walk to do at low tide, pop on your wellies and take a long stroll from the harbour where you can often see the seals , across Towan, Great Western , Tolcarne and onto Lusty Glaze. During the summer months you can’t go up from the beach at Tolcarne or Lusty Glaze as dogs are prohibited, although at Lusty we are allowed on the beach in the evenings, I think from 6pm. All the beaches are accessed by steep steps/hills so not for those of you who like the flat. You must also keep an eye on the tide times as it is easy to get cut off at Lusty end of the beaches.

Treyarnon to Constantine Bay
Car Parking – all year round parking in a field by the beach, charges by the day during summer season.
There is a burger van and small shop in the car park and also public toilets. There is also a YMCA hostel and cafe.

Poo bins located near the toilets.
We love it here, a small beach at Treyarnon but a huge long beach at Constantine. We like to go down on the rocks at Treyarnon with the nets and buckets for some amazing rock pooling and walk along to Constantine. There is sometimes a coffee van at the top of Constantine and there are public toilets just off the beach.

Car Parking - there is a pay on entry car park at Perranporth, charges during summer months.
Public toilets are in the car and poo bins are at the edge of the beach.
Perranporth is a holiday town with various pasty shops, fish n chip shops, pubs and cafes. The Watering Hole is a lovely dog friendly pub on the beach that does the best hot chocolate around (so the boy tells me) and some good food.
A huge long beach at low tide which is dog friendly all year round, but there is a restriction during the summer months to keep us on our leads during certain times (I’m not sure what these times are) this beach gets mega busy where the lifeguarded area is but not so busy further along. A great out of season beach for long walk and super zoomies.

Read more of Bazil and Molly's recommendations and lots of other greyt dog friendly attractions in our latest book 

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