Dogs on Cornish beaches? Have your say

Residents and visitors can have their say on seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches as Cornwall Council has launched a public consultation.

The Council currently has 48 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which apply restrictions at certain times of the year for dogs on beaches across Cornwall.

The orders will expire next April so the council is asking residents for their views before the new restrictions are drawn up.

The current list of beaches with restrictions for dogs are on the Council website.

The PSPOs have to be reviewed every three years and as part of the consultation, residents can give their opinions on the current restrictions.

The Council has been speaking to town and parish councils and beach owners ahead of the public consultation which has been launched today.

In the survey for the wider public consultation, the Council will ask whether more or fewer beaches should have restrictions and whether there should be blanket start and finish dates for the restrictions, for example from May 1 to September 30.

The Council will also ask which month the restrictions should start and end and the times of day the restrictions should be in force.

People will be able to respond to the consultation which will run until November 19. Responses will be reported back to the Council’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the environment and public protection, said: “Cornwall has hundreds of beautiful beaches and dogs are welcome all year round on many. At more popular times of the year, when our beaches are busy with families, dogs are restricted from some as not all beachgoers welcome our four-legged friends.

“We always try to balance the wishes of dog owners and families looking for safe, dog-free experiences so provide a choice. We want to hear residents’ local viewpoints so we can understand how best to apply any future restrictions for dogs on beaches.”

Information is available at dog restricted beaches or information on all Cornwall Council beaches can be found on our Dogs on beaches web page or the Visit Cornwall website.

The consultation is open until 19 November 2019.


  • Nigel Tupper says:

    There is a good mix of restricted and unrestricted beaches around Bude which helps to make it an attractive destination for dog owners and others alike. The restriction times of Easter Day to September 30 are sensible because a lot of visitors come for Easter and it can be as early as March. Arrangements at unrestricted beaches – i.e no dogs off lead between 10 and 6 over the holiday season is also sensible as it is often too hot to let a dog run round in the day anyway.. So for Bude keep as is – it works for most people so don’t meddle with it.

    • Theresa Smith says:

      Crooklets and Crackington are dog free for the season, not allowed on in the early morning/evening as they are on some beaches.

      • Yes, if the reasoning is that dogs may irritate people when beaches are full, then it is a struggle to understand why they are not allowed in the evenings/early mornings.

        • SamiP says:

          Exactly. I was on Widemouth 9th August at 6.30pm. Not a soul in sight (okay weather was not the best) but still this happens at other peak holiday tourist times of the year even when the weather is nice, tourists tend to leave the beach for an evening back at their accommodation.

          Plus the times most people are walking their dogs (residents) will be out of ‘peak’ tourist visiting hours to the beach anyway due to work commitments.

          I never see any tourists at 6-7am on Widemouth/ Summerleaze so why should my dog be banned?

          I also agree with other comments that dogs do less damage to the beach/ ocean than the tourists! So maybe we should restrict the tourists to certain beach hours? 😂

          • Anne says:

            I am lucky to live in Bude and visit the beach most days. To be honest I used to agree with dogs on beaches but after this year I’m afraid I’ve changed my mind. I’ve been pinched at by dogs off leads en masses when trying to go into the sea to bodyboard. I saved a toddler whose mum was carrying a baby from a dog that suddenly sprinted across at her to play. There has been dog dirt parcels left which I’ve collected on my early morning rounds and dogs along the boardwalk at summerleaze wooden huts have been a nightmare; tied up but small and happy or large and blocking the right of way. They’ve not been happy either in the heat again.
            The most upsetting thing was a dog barking and running towards a young man who was with his carer. He had autism and was terrified . The owners response was to laugh, say the dog was harmless and that the young man should be kept in if he’s that scared. All in all it would be cleaner, simpler and more harmonious without dogs on beaches in Bude. No barking. No confusion over leads or not. No danger of being pounced on or bitten.

    • Theresa Smith says:

      Sent to soon …meant to add but many people do believe that they can take their dogs on these beaches in the evening.

    • June Clark says:

      Totally agree with Nigel Tupper. Bude has it right -don’t change it.

  • Susan HUGHES says:

    All I can say is why not have dogs on the beach; they are cleaner than the filthy people who leave a huge amount of rubbish on the beach, disgusting … we always clear up after our dog.


    I am happy with the way things are.
    We always clean up after our dog and so do most people. Unfortunately there is always those that don’t.
    Some people also need to learn how to clean up their rubbish . Can’t believe what I see there including disposable barbeques beer cans etc only within walking distance from the bins.

  • Lucy says:

    I understand the ban in peak season and wouldn’t want to take my dog on beach full of people as he likes being off the lead. Plus it can get too hot for day time beach visits. I do think they should be allowed early morning and evenings as most tourists have cleared off by then and it’s usually the locals enjoying the beach at that time anyway.

  • Isla says:

    The dogs are not the problem. We need the council to employ people that patrol & fine the humans that do not pick up the dog mess or bin their litter. That’s the only way the beaches will remain enjoyable for all.

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