Visiting Cornwall with your dog? Here are some of our favourite ways to spend quality time with our canine companions for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall:
1. Walk the South West Coast Path
Stretching for 630 miles and passing through four counties, The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath. Thanks to being surrounded by the coast on three sides, Cornwall is home to a huge 300 mile section of the path.
Given the sheer quantity of coastline in this county the geology, wildlife and scenery varies dramatically. Your walk can encompass bustling harbours, tranquil estuaries and rugged moorlands and it can be as short or as long as you like.
Explore the dramatic cliffs and sweeping ocean vistas of the north coast or head to the south coast for picturesque valleys and sheltered coves. Keen to give it a go? Find out more and plan your route out on the dedicated South West Coast Path website.
2. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
Thanks to the epic expanse of coastline, Cornwall is home to over 300 beaches. Much like the coastline, these beaches are all wildly different. From the miles of golden sands at Perranporth to the higgledy-piggledy rock pools of Polridmouth Cove, there is a beach for every human and hound here! And, of course, at every beach you’ll both have access to the great Atlantic Ocean which, while slightly bracing in winter, makes for an excellent dog friendly activity for water-mad pups. Pop on a wetsuit if you’re prone to the cold and get in!
You could go rock pooling together, try paddleboarding or simply go for a swim. For an exhaustive list of which beaches are dog friendly year round, and those which operate a seasonal dog ban between Easter to October, check out this helpful website.
3. Indulge in some retail therapy
Image: Salty Dog Boutique
Many shops in Cornwall are dog friendly provided your pal is well behaved and kept on a lead. But why not treat your pooch to some doggy retail therapy? You’ll find plenty of pet shops throughout the county where you can pick up everything from a new treat or toy to ‘pawsecco’!
One of our favourites? The Salty Dog Boutique in St Ives where you can purchase your four-legged friend everything from ‘Woof Dog Beer’ to matching dog and human accessories! Why not finish off with a trip to the nearby dog spa, The Scrub Yard. From Chihuahuas to St Bernard’s, the team are experienced at pampering pooches of all sizes.
4. Dine in style together
Image: Wet Dog Pizza
Heading out for dinner? Why not bring your pup along for something delicious too? Wet Dog Pizza is a family-run pizzeria in Newquay which serves up delicious pizzas for both humans and dogs. Pups can tuck into a 7” dog friendly pizza and wash it down with a Snuggle Dog Beer. And the best bit? 10% of dog pizza sales go to St Francis Home for Animals. The Blue Tomato Cafe in Rock has a menu of dog treats to tempt Rover or why not head to Lusty Glaze for their Woof Wednesday? You can purchase your pup a dog’s dinner for £3 (which again, goes to St Francis Home for Animals) alongside your own meal.