When planning a holiday, many people find that they may have to leave their four-legged friends at home, with city breaks and weeks-away abroad not really suiting your dog’s needs. It’s heart-breaking having to leave your pup at home, so picking a holiday destination that is dog-friendly is essential for a lot of owners who don’t want to be separated from their beloved furry friend.
With miles of coastal paths, long sandy strips and gorgeous countryside walks, a holiday in Cornwall means that your dog can happily join you on your journey, keeping you together for some quality time away! There is an abundance of activities perfect for your pup in the coastal county, so here are some of the best dog-friendly things to do when staying in Cornwall.
The beaches of Cornwall are, arguably, the key reason why so many holidaymakers take the trip to the county. And with almost 300 miles of coastline, there are a lot of beaches! While many are dog-friendly, some have dog bans and restrictions in place over the summer months, so it’s always an idea to check before you pack up your bucket and spade!
One of the most popular beaches in Cornwall, Perranporth has an area specifically designated for dogs to be walked on. It is one of the most accessible beaches, making it easy for you and your dog. In the designated area, dogs are allowed to run free all day, except in July and August, when they need to be on a lead between 9am and 5pm. As your dog runs off to play with the other pooches, watch the surfers hit the waves – it’s bound to be a good show!
A mix of rocks and sand, this beach, located on the stunning Roseland Peninsula, is dog-friendly all year round. Dogs need to be kept on the lead over the summer, but the rest of the year they can run freely and play in the waves. When the tide is out, Carne Beach connects up to Pendower Beach, which also welcomes pups to play. Many of the beaches on the Roseland Peninsula, such as Towan Beach, are also dog-friendly year-round.
The Eden Project isn’t the only slice of paradise in Cornwall, with plenty of incredible gardens and woodlands that make for the perfect spot to enjoy a scenic walk with your dog.
Sat on the outskirts of Truro, Idless Woods is one of the most popular places for walking dogs. The mixed woodland area is ideal for letting dogs off the lead for a bit of a run around, and a stream with fresh running water provides a place for dogs to splash around and cool down after racing through the trees and leaves. A lovely collection of flora and fauna can also be found here, with a variety of tree and plant types, and you may even catch a glimpse of woodland animals such as badgers, deer and otters!
A sub-tropical haven can be found at Trebah Gardens – a must visit for all who love gardens, flowers and nature! Set on a breathtaking coastal backdrop, the gorgeous gardens lead down to a secluded beach, with stunning sea views, perfect for a quiet stroll along the sand. Rhododendron, fuchsia and hydrangea flowers are in bloom for much of the year, adding some lovely colour to this amazing garden.
As one of the top holiday destinations in the UK, Cornwall certainly isn’t lacking in things to do. Several of the top attractions will allow dogs to enter if kept on leads, but it is always an idea to check before heading over!
Healey’s Cyder Farm
One attraction that does allow dogs is Healey’s Cyder Farm. Primarily a cider farm, the free attraction keeps visitors of all ages entertained, and dogs are allowed on the farm if they are kept on a lead. Take a tractor ride and visit the farm animals, before exploring the distillery itself. The farm is set up for puppy pals, with water bowls dotted around the grounds.
With an incredible heritage, the impressive castle sits on the Falmouth coast and was originally a fortress for Henry VIII. As well as being an interesting historical day out, Pendennis is a dog-friendly attraction, so you and your pup can explore the castle walls and grounds together.
When looking to take your dog on holiday with you, it is important to find accommodation that allows pets and is also suitable for all of their needs. The Valley, near Truro, offers dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall. When you arrive, there will be treats and toys awaiting them, with countless woodland walks through the award-winning countryside right on your doorstep to embark on!
Have you been to Cornwall with your dog? Where do you like to visit with them?