Despite a protest, in which more than 100 dogs and their owners marched across Porthtowan beach near Truro, dogs are now banned from a number of Cornwall’s beaches.
Local dog owners formed the Porthtowan Dog Group to protest against the ban but were unsuccessful. Carrick District Council, the area’s local authority, cited risk of infection and the beach’s blue flag status, as reasons for the ban.
Thanks to a small number of irresponsible owners, who don’t clean up after their dogs, many local authorities ban dogs from beaches right across the UK. If you’re taking your dogs on holiday in the UK this summer, the local tourist board should be able to provide a list of dog-friendly beaches.
Update: Porthtowan Dog Group have started the Porthtowan Dog Blog, if you’d like to keep up to date with their campaign.