Dog Friendly Days Out, Cornwall
There’s no need to leave your dog at home this Easter Bank Holiday!
Not only are there bountiful beaches, coastal trails and moorland to explore, but many pubs, cafés and attractions also welcome four-legged friends. Zlatan, our faithful German Shepard, comes on all sorts of outings with us, so here are some of his favourite dog-friendly days out around West Cornwall!
From May to September most of the central beaches enforce dog bans in West Cornwall, although Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk in St Ives are two low-tide town beaches that welcome dogs year-round.
On the outskirts of St Ives there are some stunning, wide-mouthed bays were dogs frolic year-round. The best of these is Porthkidney Sands, dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by the locals. While everyone descend upon neighbouring Carbis Bay and Hayle Towans, Porthkidney remains untouched, reserving its dune-backed beauty for a handful of dog walkers and their energetic best friends.
Our other favourite is Mexico Towans, a mile or so of wave-lashed golden sands with plenty of space to chase tennis balls and do some much loved doggy-paddling in the shore line. Part of the three-mile St Ives bay, this stretch lies between Black Cliff by Hayle Estuary and Peter’s Point where the sand dunes turn into cliffs as you reach Gwithian.
The Eden Project has recently opened its doors to dogs, proving that Cornwall’s gardens aren’t just for green-fingered visitors. Home to extensive woodland and park trails nudging the River Fal, Trelissick Garden, near Truro, tops Zlatan's list of garden dog friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance – another National Trust property with picnic meadows, a stream garden and paths wending through exotic plants.
Also close to Penzance is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, with its wonderful mix of wide-open spaces, woodland, sub-tropical plants and art installations inspired by nature. Explore beneath towering canopies, climb grassy knolls to witness stunning views over Mounts Bay, and tuck into homemade cake and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.
Trails with Dog Friendly Pit-Stops
Nothing beats an invigorating stroll in the woods or on the coast, stopping to refuel during a dog-friendly day out in a pub or café. Our favourite coast path walk – if you’re up for a serious workout – is the six miles from St Ives to Zennor. Tinner’s Arms, tucked behind the wild, azure seascape that inspired the legend of the mermaid of Zennor, you’ll have earned a rest by the fire or outside overlooking wild, shaggy moors.
For a more sheltered, shorter walk, we love Tehidy Country Park, the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Its 9 miles of well-marked trails are the perfect place to walk waggy-tailed dogs in every season, and there’s a lakeside café serving cakes and snacks. Note that dogs are not permitted in the designated wildlife area. Tehidy is well signposted from the A30 at Tolvaddon.