Blessed with a balmy climate and all but surrounded by the sea, Cornwall has long been heralded as the UK’s sunshine county. Incredibly diverse and incomparably beautiful, its array of landscapes ranges from golden sand beaches lined with swaying palms to dramatic moors strewn with heather and gorse. A dream playground for both pink-toed and tufty-pawed adventurers alike, Cornwall is an understandably popular dog friendly holiday destination and one our canine chums can’t get enough of.
With sights firmly set on 2021 for a fresh start and lots to look forward to, now is the opportune time to secure an idyllic holiday cottage in Cornwall. One of the most exciting destinations for dogs and their owners in Europe, Cornwall offers a superb alternative to foreign holidays, boasting world-class scenery without all the fuss of international travel, quarantine restrictions and pet restraints. And, if 2020 was anything to go by, it won’t be long before dog-friendly self-catering cottages are firmly booked up.
With enough attractions and activities going on to fill several holidays in 2021, book your dog-friendly cottage in Cornwall now in anticipation of salty days by the sea…
Unmissable Plans for 2021
As well as the re-opening of the county’s dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and shops, Cornwall certainly has some big plans in store for 2021. For fans of Fisherman’s Friends, why not coincide your Cornish escape with the release of the sequel of this feel-good family film?
Inspired by true events, Fisherman’s Friends is based around the harbourside village of Port Isaac, a truly dreamy tangle of cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages. While we’re not sure your pup will be too bothered about the sea shanties that feature in the film, exploring the village’s quaint streets, sandy harbour and dog-friendly eateries will certainly induce plenty of tail wags, especially if there’s a treat or two going spare!
As well as a trip to Port Isaac, a visit to the county’s capital of Truro could be really exciting in 2021 too, as plans are set to regenerate the city. With lots of exciting new proposals, plans will include a revamp of the city centre, a new cycling network and a transformation of Truro Quays Harbour!
Surf’s Pup: Eased Beach Restrictions for Dogs
Some of the best news to come out of 2020, new regulations brought in by Cornwall Council have dramatically reduced dog restrictions on beaches throughout the county. Originally in place between May and September, restrictions will now occur from July to August (excluding Blue Flag beaches) and be limited to the hours between 10am and 6pm.
Brilliant news for your 2021 holiday in Cornwall, this means that there will be plenty more time to enjoy the county’s beaches together, jumping in and out of waves, playing frisbee by the shore and picnicking on the sand. For more information about the ban and what’s changed, check out our guide here.
Beauty Spots and Insta Shots
Needless to say, Cornwall is famous for its stunning natural aesthetics: the kind that fool onlookers into thinking they’ve fallen through a trapdoor to the Med. Setting the most idyllic scene for pictures of all the family, you can choose from a wealth of beauty spots to take your pup to and fill up photo frames and Instagram grids with cherished memories.
A must-visit during your 2021 holiday to Cornwall, year-round dog-friendly beaches like Pendower, Perranporth, Mexico Towans and Watergate Bay provide abundant space to play and jaw-dropping backdrops that never cease to captivate. Grab leash, camera and towel and snap a shot of your pup playing by a shimmering sea.
For even more inspiration, other world-famous beauty spots can be found in the form of Kynance Cove, Porthcurno Bay, Sennen Beach and Lamorna Cove. Although they do have some dog restrictions in the summer, the rest of the year is ban-free and the surrounding clifftop walks afford the most glorious views whatever the weather.
Events for All the Pack
Keeping fingers and paws crossed, 2021 should be in for a full programme of brilliant events, including the reopening of the Hall for Cornwall in January and the prestigious Tour of Britain Cycle Race in September.
For discerning pups with refined palettes (or not), it may be the county’s food festivals that are of particular interest though. Spread out across the year, canine chums can sniff out the county’s finest produce at the Porthleven Food Festival in April, the St Ives Food Festival in May, Newlyn Fish Festival in August, Falmouth Oyster Festival in October, and the Padstow Christmas Festival in December.
Tummies filled and appetites satiated, make sure you also check out some of the heritage and sporting events that take place throughout the year as well. With events hosted by almost every town and village in the county, there will always be something going on near your dog-friendly retreat. Some favourites include Falmouth Sailing Week, Fowey Regatta, Helston’s Flora Day, St Agnes’ Bolster Festival and Penzance’s Mazey Day.
A huge attraction for ‘good boys’ and their two-legged chums, Cornwall is blessed with mile upon mile of powder-fine sand, perfect for cushioning padded paws that bound along the shore. But as well as these sandy utopias, did you know that the county is also home to clifftop and inland routes that afford amazing walkies too?
While there are plenty of places to choose from, Cornwall’s woodlands definitely come up trumps for stick-finding, scent-sniffing and stream-splashing opportunities. One of the biggest areas of woodland in Cornwall, Cardinham Woods near Bodmin is especially good for all of the above, home to four walking trails and a lovely dog-friendly café that serves up delicious homecooked dishes.
In West Cornwall, the verdant sprawl of Tehidy Woods is sure to please with 10 miles of paths, while the piskie-filled realms of St Nectan’s Glen will provide a magical setting for all generations. Fill up your pockets with treats and discover a whole new side to Cornwall, accompanied by the whisper of leaves, the chirrup of birds and the pitter patter of your best friend’s paws.
Fido Comes Too: Dog-Friendly Attractions
Whether your loyal companion is a senior citizen or energetic pup, no day out would be complete without all the family. Thankfully, there are countless dog-friendly attractions ready and waiting for wet noses to lead the way.
One of the most famous in the world, the Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre above Porthcurno Bay. Causing a rare conundrum where performances compete with the setting for the audience’s attention, it truly is a remarkable place and open to doggy visitors during the day.
Just as mesmerising, the clifftop Tintagel Castle (Kastel Dintagel) will inspire with far-reaching views and stories of the legendary King Arthur, while the enchanting gardens of Heligan, Trebah and Eden beckon with ambrosial swathes. Just remember to bring some treats, a lead, some pooh bags and water. Oh, did we mention treats?
However you want to spend your dream holiday in Cornwall, make sure to secure your cottage for 2021 to avoid missing out. With our pawsome range of dog-friendly retreats scattered across the county, you’d be barking not to!