Molly and Indy the cocker spaniels enjoy a splash in the sea at Black Rock dog-friendly beach in north Cornwall
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Best dog-friendly beaches near Gwelmor

Sandymouth beach is one of our favourite dog-friendly beaches near us at Gwelmor self catering holiday home in north Cornwall
Sandymouth beach

Knowing which beaches are dog-friendly while on holiday with us at dog-friendly Gwelmor in north Cornwall is key to a happy hound and human – and not being stung with a hefty fine!

Positioned just four minutes from the sea, guests at Gwelmor have a whole host of fantastic beaches right on their doorstep to keep everyone happy and well exercised.

The nearest to us, of course, is Widemouth Bay beach. Out of season you can roam to your hearts content here, but between May 21 and September 30 a seasonal dog ban kicks in. It’s only in force between 10am and 6pm, so you can still get your morning and evening dog walks in.

From the cliff tops looking down on to Widemouth Bay with Black Rock beach behind it
Widemouth Bay and Black Rock beaches

An alternative is to take the short stroll across the sand dunes heading south from Widemouth Bay car park, to Black Rock beach which is dog-friendly all year round.

Both Widemouth and Black Rock beaches have their own dog-friendly cafes for a quick coffee or bite to eat, and both also have toilet facilities.

Two of our all-time favourite dog-friendly beaches are Northcott Mouth, just 11 mins drive along the seafront north from Gwelmor, and Sandymouth, a further five mins drive north.

Indy the cocker spaniel enjoying a paddle at Black Rock dog-friendly beach
Indy enjoys a paddle at dog-friendly Black Rock beach

Both are National Trust beaches and dog friendly all year round. Sandymouth is a great place for a spot of body boarding, and it has toilet facilities and a café so you can make a day of it.

Heading south two miles from Gwelmor, you’ll find the quiet pebble beach of Millook which lies under the imposing Penalt Cliff.

Colourful beach huts on Summerleaze beach in north Cornwall
Colourful beach hunts at Summerleaze

Heading into Bude itself, just three minutes drive from Gwelmor, there are two beaches on the edge of the town centre, Summerleaze and Crooklets.

Both family friendly the two beaches are actually attached and you can walk between the two at low tide. With excellent facilities including surf schools, colourful beach huts to hire, shops, toilets and cafes, they can get a little crowded in the height of summer.

Crooklet's beach in Bude, north Cornwall
Golden sands of Crooklet's beach

At Summerleaze beach, which is home to Bude’s Sea Pool, dogs must be kept on leads between 10am and 6pm from May 21 to September 30. Dogs are banned from Crooklets between those dates and times.

There are plenty of other dog-friendly beaches to explore both in north Cornwall and over the border into north Devon. We have a large map on display Gwelmor which shows the dog-friendly beaches throughout the two counties so you won’t be short of seaside locations to explore during your stay with us.

To book your week-long holiday or winter weekend break at award-winning dog-friendly Gwelmor, check out our availability today.

Maisie the Spaniel relaxing at Gwelmor after a long day on the beach
Maisie relaxing at Gwelmor

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