5 Fantastic Dog-Friendly Places to Visit in Cornwall

July 11th, 2017

We know that it is important to the frequent number of families and couples who visit our dog friendly cottages in Cornwall year on year that they know where they can head off to with their four-legged friend, without any restrictions within reason. Cornwall, luckily, is just that place, and to give you an idea of some of the fantastic places on offer once you get here, we have given you five of our favourites.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a lovely dog-friendly attraction in Cornwall that allows visitors to bring dogs who are on a lead. The sanctuary is set in the picturesque village of Gweek and is the perfect chance for you to enjoy seeing the seals with all the family, as well as other animals up close too. It’s not just an ideal place to visit with your pet but an excellent place for children too, with a quiz trail running through the sanctuary. The Seal Sanctuary has come a long way from its humble days of tirelessly rescuing seals which they still continue to do.

You can expect to see Grey and Common Seals, Fur Seals, Californian and Patagonian sea lions, not to mention penguins, otters, goats, sheep and ponies too!

For more information go to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary website

Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick has undoubtedly got one of the most amazing natural settings in the country.

Trelissick Gardens in Feock, near Truro, is a splendid place to enjoy a day out with your dog. There are over 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through substantial collections of camellias, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants for you to discover.

The opportunities for interesting and charming walks don’t end in the garden; the 121-hectare (300-acre) estate, with its coast, countryside, and woodland areas, makes for breath-taking and dog-friendly walks that will leave you wondering where the time went. It’s a quintessential beauty in the heart of Cornwall.

For more information go to Trelissick Gardens website

Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard is the perfect spot if you enjoy leisurely strolls and a bite to eat. Head to Lizard Village at the head of the Lizard Peninsula. There’s free parking in the centre of Lizard Village, and you can take a delightful walk along the scenic coastal path.

You can find a map just to the side of the toilets that set out a variety of walks from the village which enable you to select a route that best suits your preferences on distance. The walks offer some superb views, and you can take a walk which passes the local Lighthouse and Lizard Point.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

A real treat if you’ve ever tried the Healey’s, Cornish Rattler! It’s gained quite the cult following and what better way to spend a warm spring/summers’ day than strolling around Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm with your dog?

It’s absolutely fine to have your dog just as long as they remain on a lead. However, it must be pointed out that they aren’t allowed in the jam kitchen or the restaurant due to health and hygiene restrictions.

The Cyder Farm is the proud home to Cornish Rattler and the Cornish Scrumpy Co Ltd. Entry is free along with the parking. More importantly, the tasting of products is free, and you have the opportunity to ‘watch us work’, see the farm animals and take the children on a fun tractor ride.

For more information go to Healy’s Cornish Cyder Farm website

The Valley, Carnon Downs

With The Valley being set in the award-winning conservation countryside and dog-friendly walks paths starting right at the front door, this is the perfect location for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall. It’s sure to be a pleasant, relaxing experience for all and your trusted companion can join you for a meal in their own special spot in the restaurant.

Take in the picturesque surroundings of the Cornish countryside or maybe venture further afield and take a 15-minute drive to one of the local dog-friendly beaches with their sandy shorelines and lapping waves, picture-perfect for lazy strolls. Also, the digging is rather enjoyable too! (Recommended for the four-legged explorer).