Reasons to Visit Cornwall in Winter with Your Dog

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Cornwall attracts over 4 million tourists each year, many of which visit during the peak of summer. However, the Duchy is a stunning place to visit all year round and there are plenty of benefits to visiting Cornwall in Winter, particularly if you’re holidaying with your dog!

The Dog Ban on Beaches is Lifted

Some of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches are subject to the annual dog ban during the peak season. The ban generally operates between Easter Sunday and 30th September every year.


Come October though, all the bans are lifted in Cornwall. This means there are over 300 beaches for you to explore with your dog during winter. Nothing beats a beach full of dogs, particularly in winter!


Cornwall in Winter | Dog Friendly Retreats


It’s Quieter

Naturally the county is quieter outside of the peak holiday season. You’re more likely to enjoy a peaceful walk in Cornwall in winter time, making it a great time of year to visit if you are travelling with nervous dogs.


Towns like St. Ives, Falmouth and Padstow are a hive of activity during the summer. There have been overcrowding concerns in recent years as tourists flock to Cornwall’s most popular towns and beaches. Visiting these places in winter is a far more enjoyable experience. Plenty of dog friendly attractions and eateries remain open throughout the year too!


Cornwall in Winter | Dog Friendly Retreats


There are Plenty of Festive Events

The Cornish community comes alive at Christmas time, hosting a variety of festive events. From Christmas markets and feasts to the Festival of Lights in Truro and the Christmas light switch on at Mousehole, there are plenty of dog friendly activities to do throughout December and into the New Year.


If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture first hand, we highly recommend visiting Cornwall in winter. Traditional festivals such as Montol in Penzance, Obby Oss in Padstow and of course St. Piran’s Day all take place outside of the peak summer season.



The Weather is Impressive

Storms notoriously batter the Cornwall in winter. Huge waves crash across the coast line, leading to impressive surfing conditions as well as flash flooding and plumes of sea foam.


If you’re lucky you may get the chance to experience Cornwall in snow too. Though not as common as in other UK Destinations, Cornwall has seen a fair few snow days over the years. Most recently was the Beast from the East in early 2018.


Cornwall in Winter | Dog Friendly Retreats
Cornwall in Winter | Dog Friendly Retreats


What do you enjoy most about visiting Cornwall in winter? Let us know in the comments!


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