Visiting Lizard Point with your dog

Autumn view on coastal rocks

Lizard Point and surrounding area is full of nature and the perfect place to walk your dog whatever the time of year. We want you to enjoy your time here with your four-legged friends, so here’s some useful information to help you plan your walk.

Where can my dog go?

There is a council enforced ban from 1st July- 31st August 10am-6pm. For more information visit : Dogs on beaches - Cornwall Council

Well behaved dogs are welcome to wander with you right across the area. We do ask that dogs are put on a lead around livestock. 

Please keep dogs under close control when visiting.

Our definition of close control is:

  • Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter wildlife or are asked to use one.

We’ve produced a canine code with our corporate partner Forthglade: for some top tips: 

  • 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 highlighting areas to avoid at certain times, such as during breeding seasons for rare species.

Help us protect Lizard Points precious wildlife

We know how much some dogs love to run free but please remember there’s lots of wild creatures out and about and we need your help to protect them.  Many of the Lizards rare species are protected by law and we must be careful not to disturb them. This is particularly important during breeding seasons.

Lizards also emerge from hibernation and start breeding in May, but it’s unlikely your pet will get too close to these shy, and very fast critters.

Ground nesting birds  will be trying to raise families. Varying your walking route helps reduce the chance of disturbing nest sites repeatedly. Some species may adopt hovering distraction displays to lead you away from their nests. Unfortunately, this gives their nest position away to egg stealing animals including magpies and stoats.

Wading and sea birds can often be seen in flocks along the shoreline particularly during the autumn. Many are resting and preparing to travel thousands of miles when they migrate. It’s a wonderful sight to see but please keep dogs from running through them as flying away suddenly makes them use up vital energy reserves, which they need for their long journey ahead.

Facilities available for your dog

Parking - Please don’t leave your dog unattended in a car as even on cloudy or cooler days a dog can overheat quickly.

Refreshments – The Lizard Point, Polpeor cafe (concession) is open, where there is usually a dog bowl and water.

Dog bins – please bring poo bags with you and clean up after your pet. No-one likes to step in dog mess. Dog waste bags decorating the trees or left on the beach are unsightly and can also cause significant damage to the nature around you. Please dispose of your poo-bags in the dog bins provided or take them home.

Leads - if you forget your lead please ask at the c as we may have a spare that you could use.

For more places to walk your dog visit: Dog friendly days out & places to visit | National Trust