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Visiting Kynance Cove with your dog

A dog running on the beach at Pennard, Gower in Wales
Dogs can enjoy the sandy beach at Kynance | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Dogs can enjoy Kynance Cove's sandy beach for ten months of the year and on the footpaths around the beach all year. Please help keep Kynance enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog under close control, cleaning up after them and following the guidance below.

Our pawprint rating system

We've been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust's members' handbook.

Kynance Cove is a two pawprint rated place.

These places have water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walks. You’ll be able to take your dog into some areas, but not everywhere. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go at Kynance?

There's a council enforced seasonal dog ban in place 1 July - 31 August 10am - 6pm. Dogs are welcome on the surrounding footpaths all year.

Dogs are also welcome at Kynance Cove Cafe (NT concession).

Kynance Cove, and the surrounding heath, is an important site for wildlife including lizards, ground nesting birds, reptiles and sea birds, so please always keep dogs under close control and do not let them chase wildlife.

Please be aware that livestock often graze surrounding fields and downs at various times of the year. Always keep your dog on a lead near livestock and if approached, let your dog off the lead. Where access routes cross grazing sites, please be alert, keep your distance, and avoid getting between animals and their young.

What facilities are available for my dog?

There are water bowls outside Kynance Cove Cafe and and there are dog waste bins in the car park. There's also a drinking water tap and dog bowls in the car park for any pups who need refreshments.

The Canine Code

We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:

  • Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
  • Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
  • Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
  • Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.

Keeping control of your dog

Our definition of close or effective 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 just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall

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Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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