2nd February, 2022

Dog-friendly Cornish beaches by train

Dogs ride free on the train (up to two dogs per person – just bring a lead), so hop aboard and take your four-legged friend on a beach adventure:

These beaches welcome dogs all year round:

Great Western beach | Newquay


Photo: Felipe Kos under Creative Commons license

Newquay station is in the heart of the town, and from there you can be on Great Western beach (named after the railway) in no time. It’s a fantastic sandy beach that is dog-friendly all year round. Another to explore is Fistral beach, 1.3 miles from the station (map).

How to get there?
0.2 miles walk from Newquay station (map)

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Hannafore beach | Looe

A short walk from Looe, get away from the crowds by exploring Hannafore beach. A mainly shingle beach, it’s great for rock pooling and offers views of St George’s Island. It is dog-friendly all year round (unlike Looe’s main beach which is dog-free).

How to get there?
1.2 miles walk from Looe station (map)

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And these are open to dogs until 15th May 2022:

Porthminster beach | St Ives

Enjoy spectacular coastal views from the train window as you arrive on the St Ives Bay Line. You’re then just a few paces from the picturesque and family-friendly Porthminster beach.

How to get there?
Directly next to St Ives station (map)

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Gyllyngvase beach | Falmouth


Photo: Adam Gibbard / Visit Cornwall

Gyllyngvase is a lovely sandy beach which is great for families, and only a few minutes’ walk from Falmouth Town station. It’s the town’s largest and most popular beach.

How to get there?
0.4 miles walk from Falmouth Town station (map)

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Carbis Bay beach


Photo: Westbahn Films

Another great beach to explore on the scenic St Ives Bay Line. With a St Ives Bay Line Ranger ticket (£4) you can hop on and off and visit both Carbis Bay and St Ives’ Porthminster beach the same day.

How to get there?
Just 260ft from Carbis Bay station (map)

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Hayle Towans beach

On the main line, get off at Hayle for the step-free, gentle walk to enjoy three miles of golden sands as well as views across to St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse.

Please note – while the beach is dog-friendly (outside of the summer season), Hayle Estuary is dog-free all-year round. See further info and maps from Cornwall Council.

How to get there?
1.2 miles from Hayle station (map)

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