Visiting Holywell and Crantock Beach with your dog

Sandscale dog on beach with lead

Here you’ll find lots of information to help plan a visit to Holywell or Crantock Beach with your dog.

Where can my dog go?

There are currently no restrictions on taking your dog on Holywell or Crantock beaches and there are plenty of footpaths to explore with your furry friend.

If you are venturing along the coastal paths, please watch out for cliff edges and grazing livestock. We ask that you keep your dog under close control at all times.

Our definition of close or effective control is:

  • Being able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the cliff path). In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing your dog to approach other visitors without their consent. Holywell and Crantock beaches are popular with families, and children may be frightened if approached by a dog unfamiliar to them.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife or a sign asks you to use one.

What do I need to be aware of at Holywell and Crantock?

Although rarely seen, adders can be common in the dunes, particularly in sunny weather. They are poisonous and can give your dog a nasty bite. If your dog is bitten, please seek immediate veterinary attention.

Facilities available for my dog

There are waste bins at Holywell and Crantock car parks for you to dispose of your dog's poo. A bowl of water and free poo bags are available at the car park huts when staff are present.

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day, we ask all those visiting with dogs follow our Canine Code.

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care on cliff paths.