Dog Friendly Days Out
There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you visit Cornwall – almost a third of visitors to the county are dog owners, and many of them bring their hounds on holiday. Not only are there bountiful beaches, coastal trails and moorland to explore, but many pubs, cafés and attractions also welcome four-legged friends. Ziggy, our faithful kelpie, comes on all sorts of outings with us, so here are some of his favourite dog-friendly days out around West Cornwall:
From May to September most of the central St Ives beaches enforce dog bans, Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk are two low-tide town beaches that welcome dogs year-round. On the outskirts of town there are some stunning, wide-mouthed bays were dogs frolic year-round. The best of these is Porthkidney Sands, dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by locals for good reason. While bucket-and-spade brigades descend upon neighbouring Carbis Bay and Hayle Towans, Porthkidney remains untouched by the masses, reserving its dune-backed beauty for a handful of dog walkers and their energetic companions.
Our other favourite is Mexico Towans, a mile or so of wave-lashed sands with plenty of space to chase Frisbees and do some doggy-paddle in the shore-break. Part of the three-mile St Ives bay, this stretch lies between Black Cliff (by Hayle Estuary) and Peter’s Point (where the sand dunes turn into cliffs as you reach Gwithian).
For a map of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com
Even the Eden Project has recently opened its doors to dogs, proving that Cornwall’s gardens aren’t just for green-fingered visitors and families. Home to extensive woodland and park trails nudging the River Fal, Trelissick Garden, near Truro, tops Ziggy’s list of garden dog friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance – another National Trust property with picnic meadows, a stream garden and paths wending through exotic plants.
Also close to Penzance is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, with its wonderful mix of wide-open spaces, woodland, sub-tropical plants and art installations inspired by nature. Explore beneath towering canopies, climb grassy knolls to witness stunning views over Mounts Bay, and tuck into homemade cake and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.
Walks with dog friendly pit stops
Nothing beats an invigorating stroll in the woods or on the coast, stopping to refuel during a dog-friendly day out in a pub or café. Our favourite coast path walk – if you’re up for a serious workout – is the six miles from St Ives to Zennor. Once you reach the 13th-century Tinner’s Arms, tucked behind the wild, azure seascape that inspired the legend of the mermaid of Zennor, you’ll have earned a rest by the fire or outside overlooking wild, shaggy moors.
For a more sheltered, shorter walk, we love Tehidy Country Park, the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Its 9 miles of well-marked trails are the perfect place to walk waggy-tailed dogs in every season, and there’s a lakeside café serving cakes and snacks. Note that dogs are not permitted in the designated wildlife area. (Tehidy is well signposted from the A30 at Tolvaddon.)
Carbis Bay Holidays offer a wide-range of dog-friendly accommodation in St Ives and Carbis Bay. Check out our luxury, pet-friendly cottages and find the perfect holiday home for you and your pet. See also our post about dog friendly eateries for more inspiration for dog friendly days out.