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Visiting Lizard Point with your dog

Visitors with their dog at Lizard Point, Cornwall
Visitors with their dog at Lizard Point, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

There are miles of countryside and coastal paths to be enjoyed with your dog at Lizard Point. Please help keep this southerly location enjoyable for everyone by keeping your four-legged friend on a lead at all times, 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.

Lizard Point 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 Lizard Point?

Dogs are welcome at Lizard Point all year round. There is a welcome and orientation board in the Lizard Point car park detailing walks available along the nearby coast path and further inland in the countryside.

What facilities are available for my dog?

There are water bowls outside the Polpeor Cafe (not NT) and dogs are also welcome inside. There are dog waste bins located in the National Trust car park.

What do I need to be aware of?

We ask that dogs are kept on a lead at all times. This helps protect local wildlife habits along the cliff edges and farmland.

Please note that livestock graze in some areas and council-enforced seasonal dog bans are applied on some local beaches in July and August.

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
The rugged seashore at Lizard Point, Cornwall

Discover Lizard Point

Find out how to get to Lizard Point, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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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