Paws across Cornwall – Part 1 of 3 | Beaches & Coves

Cornwall has been on our list of places to visit for such a long time...we'd heard so many great things about this county being very dog friendly and seen lots of pictures of the beautiful beaches, harbour towns, villages and landmarks, so we thought that it was about time for a Cornish adventure!

We spent a week in Cornwall and since we packed quite a lot into our time there, I have split this post into 3 parts. Here is Part 1 of 3 | Beaches & Coves

We prefer to avoid crowds whenever possible and, after we were stung by the beach restrictions in Wales last summer, we decided that it wasn’t worth going on a coastal holiday when the dog bans are in full force, so we decided to go to Cornwall the week before Easter. (Note: Lots of bans begin on Easter Sunday and are in place until the end of October. Some bans begin from the 1st of May. In lots of cases only a section of the beach will be restricted to dogs, or the ban will only be for certain hours during the day, but we find this to be quite inconvenient!Since we’re on the subject of beaches, this seems a good place to start this blog post…

Beaches & Coves

Like most dogs, Elsa absolutely LOVES going to the beach so Cornwall was an ideal holiday destination for us because there are so many amazing beaches and coves to visit! Some, like Prussia Cove, are small and tricky to get to and you have to follow narrow, rocky paths down but they always deliver a spectacular view. Other beaches, like Praa Sands (pictured below), are wide and the soft, golden sand stretches on as far as the eye can see, but each beach is perfectly complimented by a slightly different shade of beautiful turquoise blue sea.


One of the first places that we went was Poldhu, mainly because of the beach cafe there! We’ve been following them on Instagram for months now, drooling over their photos of the speciality hot chocolates and cute merchandise, so I couldn’t wait to go and get my hands on their goodies! Elsa enjoyed the beach here too, there were always lots of friendly dogs to play with.

Kynance Cove

The coastal path here offered the most stunning views, and this is where I took my favourite holiday snaps - I’ve never seen colours like this in the U.K. before!

It was very muddy up on the cliffs though, so we only spent about an hour there before moving on.

Sennen Cove & Beach

If we had to pick an overall favourite then I would say Sennen Cove. The beach there is absolutely amazing, and it’s big enough that even when it was busy, it didn’t feel crowded.

There is even a dog friendly restaurant there called Ben Tunnicliffe’s, right next to the beach car park, so everything is within easy walking distance.

Rinsey Cove

We visited Rinsey Cove for a very brief walk before the heavens opened and we got drenched! This is the site of Wheal Prosper, a former mine. Sadly I didn’t take many photographs here and although we meant to go back again, time just ran out!

Prussia Cove

The cottage that we stayed in was said to have once been the home of a notorious local smuggler called John Carter.

He was nicknamed ‘The King of Prussia’, because this was one of the main coves that he used to use, so we had to go and investigate!

Porthgwarra | Elsa’s Paws in Poldark’s Footprints

Visit Cornwall have a handy mobile app called ‘Experience Poldark’ where you can actually see where lots of the film locations are for the TV series of Poldark, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

It’s a really handy app because it gave us a few ideas when we were stuck for places to go! 

Porthgwarra was used as the location for a very iconic scene where Ross goes for a swim in the clear waters, and the tunnel carved into the rocks here is used in another dramatic scene. Not only is this cove an interesting place to explore, there is also a delightful little cafe near to the car park! This is definitely somewhere that we would visit again.

This brings us to the end of Paws across Cornwall - Part 1

We hope you enjoyed this post! 

Read Part 2 | Beyond the Beaches

Read Part 3 | Where We Stayed + The Journey Home


  1. 7th April 2018 / 9:20 pm

    These beaches and coves look blooming gorgeous (as does elsa!!) defo popping some of these on our ‘to visit’ list!

    • Elsa
      7th April 2018 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks! Just watch out for the dog bans, unfortunately most of these beaches will be off limits during summer months 🙁 Having said that, lots of them will still be accessible until the beginning of May, and even when the restrictions are in force, you can still take your dogs on the beach early in the morning or after a certain time in the evening too… Have a lovely time!

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