With miles of sandy beaches and meandering coast paths, you can see why Cornwall is a firm favourite for a dog friendly holiday. With more families travelling with their four-legged companions than ever before, our most-loved tourist destinations have upped their game and you’ll find hundreds of cottages, beaches and cafés welcoming dogs as warmly as they do their owners.
Here’s our guide to Cornwall’s dog friendly accolades so you can make the most of your time away and enjoy everything Cornwall have to offer.
Cornwall is renowned for some of the finest seafood and local ingredients in the country and is home to a plethora of foodie haunts to tumble into after a windswept walk or day at the beach. The beach lovers out there will love Godrevy Café and The Blue Bar, both nestled behind dunes on one of Cornwall’s most stunning stretches of coastline. For those winter walks where a cosy pub with roaring fire is order of the day, try The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor.
With over 130 dog friendly beaches to choose from, many allowing dogs to run free all year round, sandy paws are guaranteed on your next trip to Cornwall. Whether you like to explore hidden coves or sample some of the regions surfing hot spots, there’s a warm welcome for all. Newquay is known for its dog friendly status and has tails wagging at its famous surfing beaches all year round, with both Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach a firm favourite. There are also quieter beaches where, if you’re lucky, you can have the sand all to yourself, like Dollar Cove and Prussia Cove.
Cornwall is packed full of wonderful attractions that provide fun days out for the whole family, including your canine pal. The Lost Gardens of Heligan prides itself on being dog friendly all year, meaning you can enjoy their inspiring and thought-provoking garden masterpieces, enchanting pathways and 200-acre estate as a family. Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is a great day out in the heart of Cornwall. Discover the art of cider (or cyder) making and of course, a day at a cider farm wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local scrumpy! Say hello to the farmyard animals, enjoy a cream tea (don’t forget you’re in Cornwall, so jam first!) or take a tractor ride around the pretty orchards, all with your four-legged friend in tow. The South West Coast Path is bound to get tails wagging, with 300 miles of wonderful coastal pathways to explore. You’ll discover rugged cliffs, coastal villages tucked away from the masses and sunsets that will last in your memory forever.
Where to Stay
We know how important it is for you to the find the perfect property for your family and that means having everything your pampered pooch needs to feel right at home. In our handpicked collection of pet friendly properties you’ll find seaside retreats next to long sandy beaches, ideal for early morning walkies. Cottages in acres of woodland with walks aplenty and nooks and crannies to be sniffed out and explored, outdoor showers to wash muddy paws and beautiful gardens to bask in the sun when it all gets too much for even the most energetic in the family.
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