Dog Friendly Holidays
Cornwall is a haven for dog lovers, with a real variety of canine-friendly days out, from secluded sandy beaches for off-lead energetic run-arounds, to scenic cliff top paths where you can keep your dog on the lead while taking in the breathtaking views. There’s countryside walks around the coves and bays on the Southwest Coastal path, with charismatic villages and dog-friendly pubs, as well as woods, parklands and lakes to explore. Plenty of opportunities for walkies.
Bamaluz Beach – a ‘secret beach’ (in that it becomes a beach at low tide) that is rarely busy, even in the height of summer. Located between Porthgwidden beach and the harbour, dogs are welcome here all year round, with plenty of space to roam freely as well as rock pools to explore. The beach is accessed by a steep set of steps just in front of the St Ives Museum. Another excellent dog-friendly beach is Mexico Towans Beach, just along the north coast. Crystal-clear waters and a seemingly endless stretch of sand, the beach provides a mighty fine off-lead dog walk at any time of year. The views to Godrevy lighthouse are excellent, especially against a backdrop of a spectacular sunset. But please avoid taking your dog for a paddle at the estuary end, as the currents there can be strong.
The walk along Clodgy Point and footpath to Zennor near Porthmeor Beach makes for a beautiful coastline trail, perfect for dogs on leads and spectacular views. To round off your hike, we love The Gurnard’s Head in Zennor, near the Minack Theatre in the cliffs situated between St Just and St Ives. Locally sourced foods foraged from the hedgerows and the water’s edge make it a tasty dining experience to remember – and furry friends are welcome.
For more of a historical visit, dogs on leads are allowed inside the buildings and on the castle grounds at Pendennis Castle, a Tudor fortress which is sure to be a cultural highlight for your next holiday. The Eden Project, which has gained global popularity as the largest indoor rainforest, is another great place to visit and although you can’t take your dog inside the famed domed biomes, there are still plenty of pathways to trek with your four-legged friends in the outdoor gardens.
Bamaluz Beach, Wheal Dream, Saint Ives, UK
Clodgy Point, Saint Ives, UK
Mexico Towans Beach
Mexico Towans Beach, Hayle, UK
The Gurnard’s Head
Gurnard’s Head, Zennor, Saint Ives, UK