A Dog Friendly Day in Falmouth

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Falmouth is a vibrant, creative town with a rich maritime heritage. It attracts thousands of visitors each year and is incredibly dog friendly. There are reliable rail links from Truro, as well as frequent buses and a park and float during the summer season. It’s a lively town, with all sorts of local events and festivals held throughout the year.


Where to Walk

Falmouth’s main beaches are subject to the dog ban, which operates between Easter Sunday and 1st October each year. If you’re visiting the town during summer, be sure to visit Nansidwell Beach instead, which is dog friendly all year round. Driving from Maenporth Beach, follow the road until you reach a lay-by with a dog bin on the right hand side. Park there and head through the gates a little further up the road. A stunning woodland walk will soon take you out onto two beautiful shingle beaches.


Though both Swanpool and Maenporth aren’t dog friendly during the summer, the coast path connecting them is still one to explore. A 3 mile walk each way with sights over to St. Anthony’s Lighthouse and the Roseland Peninsula on a clear day. The path is well maintained and fairly flat, the perfect place for all the family to explore.


If woodland walks are more your style, head to Constantine Woods near Trewardreva Mill. This enchanting woodland comes alive with bluebells during spring, with rich golden leaves taking over come autumn. Follow signs for the Waymarker Café. The woods start just up the hill from there. Customers can park fro free in the car park, which makes for the perfect excuse for a post-walk coffee and slice of cake.




Places to Eat

Palacio Lounge is a quirky eatery on the corner of The Moor in Falmouth. Serving delicious food throughout the day, Palacio Lounge is always a hive of activity. Their brunch menu is served all day, including favourites such as cooked breakfasts, eggs benedict and American style pancakes. Palacio Lounge caters for all dietry requirements, including gluten free and vegan and all downstairs tables are dog friendly.


IndiDog opened in 2019 and is named after the owners’ Hungarian Visla Indi. Their menu is curated to celebrate local, seasonal produce and boasts an array of homemade dishes. Falmouth town, particularly its working harbour and local community, heavily inspires the restaurant. IndiDog is dog friendly throughout.


The Working Boat is nestled behind the Greenbank Hotel, a short walk from the top of Falmouth High Street. It’s a classic Cornish pub serving hearty meals and a selection of local ales and ciders. The Working Boat is both dog and family friendly throughout, with wonderful views across the harbour and River Fal.




Things to Do

Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle in 1540, to defend the Carrick Roads estuary. Both Pendennis and St Mawes Castles are dog friendly, welcoming well-behaved dogs on lead across the site. Pendennis Castle is popular among families, with plenty of hands on exhibitions and events held throughout the year.


The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek (just outside Falmouth) does incredible work to help wild seal populations across the Cornwall. They rehabilitate around 70 seals and pups each year that would otherwise not survive on their own in the wild. Dogs are allowed on lead in the Cornish Seal Sanctuary with a few restrictions. They’re not permitted in the children’s play area, inside the café or in the seal hospital. The latter is where injured wild seals are rehabilitated before being released back into the wild, so it’s important they don’t see or interact with dogs while they’re there.


Trebah Garden overlooks the stunning Helford River, just outside of Falmouth Town. It’s a sub-tropical garden with over four miles of footpaths to explore. Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens and on the private beach year round. There’s designated dog friendly seating in the café and plenty of bins throughout the site.




Places to Stay

Hazel Barn is a contemporary, family friendly barn located a stone’s throw from Swanpool and Maenporth beach. With plenty of walks on your doorstep, this barn is the perfect place for a week away during school holidays. Up to two dogs are welcome to stay here and there’s plenty of parking too.


We highly recommend The Old Dairy for couples looking for a quiet weekend away. Hidden away in Herniss, a hamlet just outside Penryn, it’s just a short drive to the hustle and bustle of Falmouth town. This converted dairy is now a cosy one-bedroom cottage with space for one dog.


Larger groups will love River View, a stunning apartment with views across to Flushing, the other side of the River Fal. It sleeps up to six people and two dogs, with bright interiors throughout.


Have you visited Falmouth before? Where do you enjoy exploring with your dog?

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