If you are visiting Cornwall this summer there are plenty of ways for you to send the day exploring with your dog, from a good old beach day, visiting tourist attractions or a nice long coast walk, dog friendly Cornwall will not disappoint. Here are our top tips for summer activities with your dog.
Coast Path Walks
The Cornish coast path is dog friendly all year round and makes up most of the South West Coast Path, England’s longest footpath, itself stretching 630 miles.
I recently walked a 6 mile stretch of the coast path from Padstow to Trevone Bay with my dog and a friend. My friend and I met in Trevone car park and parked one of our cars and then drove in the other round to Padstow.
We set off on foot, south along the coast path back towards Trevone with views of the rugged coast line and breath taking horizon views of the Atlantic.
Be mindful on your coast path walks of grazing cattle. You will find polite notices displayed in areas where cattle are grazing and it is advisable to keep your dog on the lead at all times not only for the safety of your dog but also the cattle as dogs have been known to startle herds which has led to some cattle tragically falling from the cliff.
Walking the coast path this way allows you to see more, get a good walk in and not feel like you’re walking back on yourself. If you don’t have two cars to explore the coast path in this way, a bus will help you return to your car easy enough.
Dog Friendly Attractions in Cornwall
You will be spoilt for choice for dog friendly tourist destinations in Cornwall but our favourites include The Eden Project, The lost gardens of Heligan and Pendennis Castle.
Dogs are welcome in the outside spaces of the Eden project and are provided with drinking bowls and under cover dining areas where you can spend time with your dog. Although they aren’t allowed in the bio-domes themselves.
The Lost gardens of Heligan, found near to Mevagissey is dog friendly all year round. Exploring the gardens is a treat for us humans and provides a decent length walk for our dogs too. Some of the gardens are sheltered in shade too so is a good outdoor option on the warmer summer days.
Pendennis castle in Falmouth is a super dog friendly destination. Dogs are allowed to explore with you both inside and outside of the castle grounds, including in the café.
Yay for Pendennis Castle!
A Beach Day With Your Dog
Although a fair few Cornish beaches don’t allow dogs throughout the summer months, usually from Easter Sunday though to the end of September, there are still plenty of dog friendly beaches to choose from – 77 of them in fact.
Ensure you pack plenty of water and some shelter for your dog for your beach days and play with your dog in the water for a fun way to exercise them and keep them cool at the same time.
Always check beach safety display boards on the entrance to the beaches to confirm whether the beach is dog friendly or not to avoid fines.