The summer dog beach ban has ended and here is the lowdown of where you can and can’t take your dogs in Devon and Cornwall.

Dogs can return to beaches all day long where they are allowed from today after restrictions ended for another year.

A number of beaches in Cornwall have restrictions placed on when dogs are allowed to visit set using Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) by Cornwall Council.

While many beaches only have restrictions running from July 1 to August 31 those which have Blue Flag status or a Seaside Award have restrictions from May 15 to September 30.

The restrictions do not allow dogs to be taken to those beaches between 10am and 6pm each day.

Cornwall Council reissued all the PSPOs for beaches this year following a consultation.

The new orders saw the dates and times that restrictions are in place harmonised to make it easier for visitors and residents to understand. Previously different beaches had different dates and times for when restrictions applied.

Here is the full list of beaches where restrictions ended on September 30:

Carbis Bay Beach

Crackington Haven

Crooklets Beach, Bude

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Polzeath Beach

Porth Beach

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthtowan Beach

Sennen Beach

Trevone Beach, Padstow

Widemouth Beach, Bude

The other beaches which have PSPOs have already had restrictions lifted from August 31. They are:

Cadgwith Cove

Castle Beach, Falmouth

Cawsand Beach

Chapel Porth Beach, St Agnes

Church Cove, Gunwalloe

Housel Bay, The Lizard

Kennack Sands Beach, The Lizard

Kynance Cove, The Lizard

Maenporth Beach, Falmouth

Mousehole Beach to Skilly Beach

Wherry Town to Battery Rocks

Longrock level crossing to Marazion


Poldhu Beach, Mullion

Polurrian Cove Beach, Mullion

Porthcurno Beach

Porthgwarra Beach, St Levan

Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives

Porthleven West

Porthpean Beach

Portmellon Cove

Portreath Beach, including harbour

Praa Sands Beach

Readymoney Cove, Fowey

St George’s Well, Padstow

St Ives Harbour Beach

Summer’s Beach, St Mawes

Swanpool Beach, Falmouth

Tattam’s Beach, Portscatho

Tunnel Beach, Falmouth

There are also some beaches which have year round bans on dogs, these are:

Carnsew Pool

Copperhouse Pool

Hayle Estuary

And here’s everything you need to know about the dog restrictions on Devon’s beaches:

In North Devon and Torridge

Tunnels beach, Ilfracombe

Dogs are allowed through the tunnels on a lead but not on to the beaches all year around.


There is a year-round dog ban in place.

Woody Bay

No dogs allowed at any time of year

Woolacombe beach

Zone A – no dogs between April 1 and November 1; Zone B – on a lead from May 1 to September 30; Zone C – no restrictions.

All other beaches allow dogs from October to April, or all year around


Dogs are permitted on all beaches in Teignbridge between October and March 31, except past groyne 9 at Dawlish Warren, where dogs are banned all year round.

South Hams

All South Hams owned beaches allow dogs in the winter months, with the summer ban coming back into force on May 1, while the summer ban at Mothecombe beach is also over.

But the privately owned Blackpool Sands beach adopts a seasonal no dogs policy, which means that dogs are not allowed onto the beach or the car park until November.


The summer dog ban has been lifted on all beaches in Torbay, meaning from 1 October until 1 May dog walkers may exercise their dog freely on all beaches in the Bay.

East Devon

From October to May you may walk your dog freely on all the beaches.