Newquay isn’t just a great place for you, it’s pretty marvellous for your dog too. From stunning beaches to coast path walks, pet friendly places to eat and outdoor attractions, the area is a veritable playground for your canine.
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The things that make this slice of the North Cornwall coastline so special for humans, make it just as special for the four-legged members of your family. Our pet-friendly cottages in Newquay can be found in some of the town’s best spots, and all are within a short distance from the coast.
Unlike many of its Cornish counterparts, nearly all of Newquay’s best beaches welcome dogs all year round. Now if that doesn’t get tails wagging nothing will! So instead of you having to search for times in the year when beach bans aren’t in place, you have a full year’s calendar available to you for your pet-friendly holiday by the sea.
Fancy a surf down at Fistral? You can hit the waves while the rest of the family plays ball on the beach with your pooch. Planning a day out of rockpooling with the kids down on Whipsiderry Beach? Rover will have just as much fun sniffing out crabs and wading through the water. Harbour Beach also welcomes dogs all year round so you’ll be able to enjoy fish and chips before wandering between the boats and their moorings at low tide.
Newquay sports some rather epic sea views which means that when you take one of the many routes along the South West Coast Path, your dog will be treated to nature and its abundance of scents while you’ll get to take in the panoramas. Natural formations like marble caves and blowholes caused by the sea’s erosion make for an interesting day out, and the paths pass golden beaches where your canines can cool off in the water.
Another favourite for dog walkers is the 1.7 mile route along Crantock and Penpol Creek which is especially good if you have young children or older family members with you. The walk is easy and offers beautiful views over a tranquil estuary and the sweeping Atlantic coast, as well as the chance to explore the pretty coastal village of Crantock. Children will love the long sandy beach backed by dunes.
For something slightly more challenging there’s the 5-mile walk traversing Newquay’s shoreline which takes in the area’s long sandy stretches and rocky headlands. This is also a great way to spot native species of birds so bring your binoculars with you if this is something you enjoy doing.
Sticking with the dog-friendly trend, Newquay bursts with pet welcoming eateries, so whether it’s a pizza in the town centre or a seafood lunch overlooking the ocean, you’re bound to find somewhere good to enjoy a meal without having to leave your four-legged companions behind.
We love Pavillion Café on Fore Street which is a local favourite for both surfers and dog-walker. Situated directly above the harbour and housed in a once-derelict lifeboat shelter, the café was designed to be a community hub, and its freshly baked produce along with speciality coffees is a great way to start your day.
Next is the Lakeside Café and Grill which sits alongside Newquay’s boating lake down Trenance Lane. Proudly dog and child-friendly this is a great place to grab a slice of homemade cake, scones with clotted cream & strawberry jam, or a roast dinner. Dogs are welcomed on the outside terrace where you’ll get the best waterside views.
Sea Spray which overlooks Fistral Beach has been billed as ‘the’ place for a dog-friendly brunch. Super relaxed with a bit of a hygge vibe going on, this stunning venue offers towering brioche breakfast buns, blueberry and bacon pancakes, and seaspray hash to name but a few of its delicious menu items. Dogs are welcomed with open arms so if you’re looking to refuel after your surfing session or beach walk, this is the place to do it.
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