Are you searching for the perfect dog-friendly getaway? From award-winning restaurants that welcome four-legged companions, to miles of walking trails, Cornwall is a paradise for dog owners – and their dogs!
Dog friendly beaches
We’re lucky to have a great selection of year-round dog friendly beaches right on our doorstep at Treseren. Crantock Bay is one of our favourite spots – and the expanse of sand dunes make it the perfect playground for dogs, who can spend hours running up and down the banks, before cooling off along the seashore. There is a pay and display car park – and an additional National Trust car park which is handy if you are a member. During the summer months there is often a quirky converted army vehicle selling drinks and delicious cakes by Rustic Cakes, a wonderful local bakery (we highly recommend their Black Forest cake!). The Albion Inn, a traditional Cornish pub that is just a short walk into the village, is open all year round – and welcomes dogs, of course!
There are a large number of dog-friendly beaches all along the Cornish coast – some more of our favourites are Watergate Bay, Holywell Bay and Perranporth. You can discover the entire list here.
If your dog isn’t a beach lover, or you want to escape the crowds during the summer months, then there are an endless amount of beautiful inland areas to explore, from rugged moorland if you want to get off the beaten path, to shaded woodland trails. Our top recommendation has to be Cardinham Woods, as along with the great walking trails maintained by The Forestry Commission, you’ll discover one of the best cafes in Cornwall. Woods Cafe is a hidden gem serving delicious homemade treats and seriously good coffee – we challenge you to find a better Cornish cream tea. Dogs are welcome in the inside and outside seating areas of the cafe – making it a perfect stop all year round. The Cafe is owned by Lara of Ladyvale Bakery, who also makes the most amazing wedding cakes!
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail makes for a perfect family day out, as the easily accessible, (mostly) flat trail makes it suitable for children as well as four-legged friends. There are various sections of the trail, which is 18 miles long in total, but we recommend the 5.5 mile pathway from Wadebridge to Padstow, which provides stunning views over the camel estuary. The incentive for us is always the promise of Rick Stein’s fish and chips when we reach Padstow, enjoyed with our legs dangling over the harbour wall – not forgetting to keep an eye out for hopeful seagulls! Dogs on leads are welcome along all sections of the camel trail, and if you would rather cycle than walk then dog trailers are available to hire from Bridge Bike Hire. This is quite a leisurely trail, but if you have children with tired legs with you (or had one too many glasses of wine), then dogs are welcome on the short bus journey back to Wadebridge!
A slightly more unusual recommendation for your dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall is Wet Dog Pizza Co. Catering for humans and dogs alike, this trendy pizzeria is surely the most dog-friendly dining experience you’ll find anywhere, with dog pizzas, dog beer and even dog Prosecco (named Pawsecco, of course). Situated just a short walk away from Fistral Beach, this is the perfect stop off after a stroll across the sand.
10% of all dog pizza sales go to St Francis Dogs Home, a wonderful rescue and rehoming centre for dogs and puppies searching for their forever home.
We know that your dog is part of the family, which is why Treseren is a dog friendly venue. We are more than happy to welcome a maximum of 2 dogs during your stay in either our Georgian country house or cosy Skye Cottage. We can also highly recommend Ingrid, who runs a dog grooming business locally to Treseren, if you should require a dog sitter at any time during your stay.
Have you discovered any wonderful dog-friendly venues and activities in Cornwall? We would love to hear about them!