Great Western, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE

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Dog Friendly Days Out

Cornwall is absolute heaven for dogs! From woodland wanders in your wellies to energetic coast path climbs to chilled, bare foot walks on the beach. We have put together a few ideas of what we know your dog will love to do while on holiday with you.

Dog-friendly beaches in Newquay

The town is blessed with an outstanding collection of dog-friendly beaches. Our namesake Great Western Beach is among the finest and lies mere moments from your front door. The world-famous Fistral Beach attracts surfers far and wide to its excellent waves, while Towan Beach charms with its landmark island house. 


Holywell Bay Beach is a classic Cornish destination that’s a hit with holidaymakers and locals alike. This mile-long stretch of sand is perfect for playful pups who like to chase beach balls and paddle in the sea. Dogs are welcome all year round. 


Two miles of golden sands await at Watergate Bay, approximately a 15-minute drive from Newquay. You can walk it, although keep in mind that the coastal path is challenging in places – the 45-minute trek encompasses valleys and steep hills. Cafes and restaurants ensure you’re suitably fed.


Four miles north of Newquay, Mawgan Porth is yet another coastal highlight that’s well worth a day trip. The large beach serves up fantastic surfing conditions while clifftop trails offer mesmerising views in both directions. The village of St Mawgan has a popular cafe, restaurant, and fish and chip takeaway.


Dog-friendly walks in Newquay

You can walk from Newquay along the River Gannel, passing the estuary and winding round to Crantock Beach. The beach is dotted with large sand dunes and serves as a beautiful spot to while the hours away beside the ocean and river mouth. There’s plenty of space for your pooch to let off steam and cool off in the sea. Stay out of the Gannel, due to strong and dangerous currents. 


The picturesque Lappa Valley Steam Railway is set in the countryside on the outskirts of Newquay and is a must for families with four-legged friends. You can ride steam trains on one of Cornwall’s oldest railway tracks. The 35-acre attraction also hosts a canoeing lake, an indoor kids play area, a crazy golf course, woodland walks, and nature trails.