No holiday to Cornwall is complete without a trip to the beach. Whether you want to try your hand at a variety of water sports, or would rather stay ashore building sandcastles or getting a lung full of Cornish sea air on a blustery walk, Cornwall has some of the best beaches in the world. Whilst some beaches have dog bans during the summer months there are plenty where dogs are welcome year round.
Famous for its waves, any serious surfers should head to Fistral Beach in Newquay. The huge stretch of golden sand is the perfect playground for your dog, and for anyone wanting to catch some waves the beach is lifeguarded during the summer months. For those wanting to really stretch their hound’s legs, walk the 4 miles along the coast to Watergate Bay Beach. For dogs with any energy left, this 2 mile stretch of dog friendly sand will definitely tire them out!
The vast stretch of golden sand at Porthkidney beach near St Ives is another dog walker’s paradise. Or if you are looking to escape the crowds and you don’t mind a bit of a walk, head to Lantic Bay near Polperro. There are also some fantastic coastal walks in this area. Explore secluded coves, pass through pretty fishing villages, or hike along the cliffs above the white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. If you want a change of landscape, and somewhere off the tourist trail, head to the wild beauty of Bodmin Moor. This remote moorland is a haven for wildlife and you will find prehistoric monuments, disused mines and miles and miles of solitude. The dog friendly Jamaica Inn is a great place to start your walk, or stop for a bite to eat.
Your four legged friend is welcome to join you for a family day out at a number of different attractions. Meet rescued seal pups at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek or get involved in one of the many activities at Henry VIII’s impressive coastal fortresses at Pendennis Castle near Falmouth. You and your dog can also enjoy the beautiful gardens and the miles of outdoor paths at the Eden Project or admire the sculptures and artwork in the exotic gardens at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance.
Whether you are looking for a cosy bolt-hole for two, or a country retreat for twenty, our excellent choice of dog friendly cottages to rent in Cornwall means that whatever the occasion, your dog can come too!