Dog-Friendly Attractions in Cornwall
September 17th, 2021
Everyone needs to get away from time to time – even our four-legged friends! That’s why we at The Valley are proud to offer amazing dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall so you can have a fantastic time away with the whole family!
But, there’s more to a holiday than where you stay. Check out our guide to Cornish attractions that are open to you and your furry friend. From beaches to pubs, there’s truly something for everyone!
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
It wouldn’t be a trip to Cornwall without walking along the sand or taking a tip in the sea. Unfortunately, despite there being over 300 beaches in Cornwall, many of them have restrictions on dogs or ban them entirely.
Here are some of our top picks for beaches in Cornwall where dogs are allowed all year long!
With miles of golden sand and giant dunes, this beach is the perfect spot for a family day out! The beach is easy to access and is within walking distance of the village of Perranporth and all the local amenities.
While dogs are allowed on the beach, they are asked to be kept on a lead between July and August from 9 am – 5 pm, when the beach is at its busiest.
Known for being one of Cornwall’s top surfing locations, Fistral Beach in Newquay is also dog-friendly all year round.
With plenty of local cafes and shops nearby, Fistral Beach is the perfect spot to sit and spend the day. Or, you could bring your dog’s favourite toys for a play-day in the sand.
As this is a popular surfing spot, make sure the water is safe before taking your dog for a dip.
Pedn Vounder Beach
If you’d rather take your dog somewhere a bit more secluded, then there’s nowhere better than Pedn Vounder Beach.
Set just a ten-minute walk from the nearest car park, this beach is the perfect spot for a seaside walk. At low tide, you can even walk across the golden sands to the neighbouring beach, Porthcurno.
If you’d rather not be brushing sand from your dog’s coat, then why not enjoy the stunning views and crystal waters from atop the cliffs of Treryn Dinas.
If you’d like more information on dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, why not check out our blog below?
Dog-Friendly Pubs in Cornwall
There’s no better way to spend your evening than relaxing in a local pub, and with these dog-friendly options, you can take the whole family along!
Driftwood Spars, St Agnes
This traditional pub is set in the lovely seaside town of St. Agnes on the north coast of Cornwall.
With three bars complete with wood-burning stoves and a brilliant variety of beverages (including their home-brewed beer), this dog-friendly pub is the perfect spot for a relaxing evening.
The Punchbowl and Ladle, Truro
This lovely cosy pub is open to everyone, including dogs.
Nestled in the woodlands of Feock just outside of Truro, this pub is the perfect place to stop off for a drink or a light lunch. You can even bring the whole family to enjoy one of their smashing Sunday roasts!
Dog-Friendly Gardens in Cornwall
Take a step into nature with one of these great dog-friendly gardens in Cornwall.
The Eden Project
While they’re not allowed to go inside of the famed Biomes, dogs are permitted at the Eden Project.
Our four-legged friends are allowed to explore the miles of footpaths through the old china quarry pit and are also welcome inside of the visitor centre. There’s also plenty of designated outdoor dining areas where you can sit and relax with your pooch.
Please note that while dogs are allowed on-site, they do need to be kept on a lead at all times.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
With over 200 acres, dogs and their well-behaved owners are welcome to explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan all year round!
With plenty of woodlands, farm animals, and a tearoom serving Cornish cream teas, this St, Austell attraction is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.
Trebah Gardens, Falmouth
If your pups like getting a little mucky, then Trebah Gardens near Falmouth is the perfect place!
This subtropical garden has over four miles worth of footpaths, one of which leads right down to a private beach along the Helford River. You can even stop to refuel in the dog-friendly garden terrace and picnic areas.
If you love Falmouth as much as we do, why not check out our guide to enjoy Falmouth with your furry friends?
Dog-Friendly Attractions in Cornwall
There’s so much history and culture across Cornwall to see and enjoy. From Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to art galleries, here are some of our favourite attractions in Cornwall that allow dogs.
The Lizard Peninsula
With fantastic views and magnificent cliff-side walks, the Lizard Peninsula is a must-visit for anyone visiting Cornwall. And what’s better, there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions around for you and your pet to enjoy!
Why not take a stroll through the pretty harbour village of Coverack and along Coverack bay? Or, stop for a quick coffee in the dog-friendly Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro?
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
These two galleries house some of the most beautiful art that Cornwall has to offer. And what’s better, both of these venues have since opened their doors to our furry friends!
Both galleries offer a variety of the very best in contemporary art as well as showcasing some of the best artists from the local area.
Please note, while the gallery allows dogs at both venues they may not be allowed into the main gallery spaces for certain exhibitions. Make sure you check ahead of time if the exhibition is pooch-friendly.
Holidays aren’t just for humans. Make sure your pup is getting the most out of their time away as well by visiting some of these great dog-friendly attractions.
If you’re looking to book your next Cornish holiday, why not check out our range of both child and dog-friendly cottages available to book today.
Image Credit: Visit Cornwall
A Dog-Friendly Guide to Falmouth
July 05th, 2021
For many of us, being able to bring our four-legged friends on holiday is a must – especially when said holiday involves a trip or two to the beach! Falmouth is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to see and do, even when accompanied by your dog.
Here at The Valley, we heartily welcome dogs to our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, but we know that not everywhere can say the same.
Whether it’s finding a spot for lunch or organising a day full of activities, locating places that accept dogs can sometimes be tricky. Our guide covers some great sites in Falmouth, so you and the whole family, including your pup, can make the most of your Cornwall holiday.
Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Falmouth
Falmouth is a stunning seaside town, which means there are plenty of local beaches for you to explore.
Unfortunately, all Falmouth beaches have a seasonal dog ban, meaning the main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth are off-limits during certain months of the year. However, if you’re happy to venture a little further out of town, you’ll find some fantastic spots that’ll welcome your dog.
Most dogs love to run wild at the beach and have a splash around in the water, so be sure to visit some of these beaches that allow dogs all year round.
Carne Beach is a picturesque, sandy beach – perfect for a day out with the family. The beach is south facing and sheltered by Nare Head, making it a beautifully peaceful spot to set up for the day.
At lower tides, you can find some fascinating rock pools; perusing the sea life that collects here makes a great activity for the kids. As the beach permits dogs all year round, your pooch will have endless fun on these shores too.
Carne Beach is a little off the beaten track, meaning it’s usually free of the same crowds that even more popular beaches garner.
Polgwidden beach is somewhat hidden and unknown as the entrance can only be found through Trebah Gardens. It is a lovely sandy beach with a shingle cove where dogs are welcome all year round!
Based on the Helford River, the beach boasts splendid views and is an excellent location for a stroll along the coast or even a bit of leisurely boating.
The cove also has a rich and interesting history as it was used by the military in WW2 to launch the attack on Omaha beach in Normandy!
Portholland is comprised of two beaches, both of which offer vast stretches of golden sand.
At low tide, the east and west beaches join and create a brilliant opportunity for a long walk by the sea. Both beaches are dog-friendly all year round, so your furry friend can explore with you to their heart’s content.
There are also plenty of opportunities to grab a bite from the local seaside cafe to recharge after your adventures on the beach!
More Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
If you don’t mind travelling a little further from Falmouth, other lovely beaches that allow dogs all year round include:
- Hemmick Beach
- Porthluney Beach
- Vault Beach
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Falmouth
It can certainly be challenging to find the perfect place to eat, especially with your dog in tow! Thankfully, numerous places in Falmouth welcome our four-legged friends, so you won’t be short of places to visit!
As you might have guessed from its name, this place is all about pizza!
Stable Pizza offers fresh sourdough bases with homemade tomato sauce and an array of delicious toppings; absolute heaven after a long day at the beach. The restaurant also has a variety of fifty different ciders; you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.
This location is based on two floors – dogs are welcome on the ground floor.
This restaurant is located on the harbour front and boasts some fantastic views. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while you watch the scenic world go by.
There is seating both indoors and on the deck – if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of sunshine, why not enjoy some alfresco dining right by the water?
Even if the day is slightly chillier or you want to enjoy outdoor dining at night when the cooler temperatures settle in, Harbour View offers complimentary blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the views.
Situated right by the water, The Boathouse is in the prime spot to enjoy some more incredible views of Falmouth Harbour.
The pub has been around for over 300 years, and it is a local staple. The menu is chock full of delicious meals, including burgers, fresh fish dishes and their famous Sunday roasts.
You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating areas that allow your dog to join you.
Five Degrees West
Another Falmouth favourite, this bar, grill and beer garden is the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a pint. The pub is dog-friendly with a spacious layout and both outdoor and indoor seating.
For a livelier evening, they also put on live music events to accompany the delicious food and drinks.
Dog-Friendly Attractions Near Falmouth
Falmouth is home to a variety of places to visit. Unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, don’t worry just yet – there are still plenty of great spots that will welcome your pup on a day out!
Roughly a 15-minute drive from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise and is considered one of Cornwall’s gems.
The gardens feature an array of stunning flowers, giant gunnera, numerous streams and tranquil ponds. It is a splendid location for lovers of the outdoors and those who like to embrace a walk surrounded by natural beauty. Dogs are welcome to join you so long as they are on a lead.
Once you have taken a stroll through the glorious grounds, stop off at the café and grab a bite to eat. The gift shop will also offer locally-produced food, crafts and everything garden related!
Pendennis Castle is a great day out for all the family and is definitely one to visit for lovers of history and stunning views.
The castle is one of Henry VIII’s most beautiful coastal fortresses, and its picturesque location is hard not to admire! Once you have taken a stroll around the incredible castle and have learned all about its fascinating history, take a trip to the tea room to enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea.
Dogs are welcome at Pendennis Castle all year round, as long as they are kept on a lead.
If you’re interested in a dog-friendly holiday to Cornwall, check out our dog-friendly cottages in our luxury holiday park in Cornwall and start planning your perfect stay today!
If a trip to Falmouth hasn’t made your holiday itinerary, take a look at our guide below to discover other great locations that are just as welcoming of your dog.
There are many places to visit in Falmouth, but unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, not to worry, because we have found some great spots that welcome the pups to join the day out!
LOCATION GUIDE: NANJIZAL BEACH – PENWITH BEACHES
June 11th, 2021
If you’re looking for a quiet, secluded and dog-friendly beach while on your holiday, then Nanjizal Beach might just be the location for you! Especially if you’re staying in one of our dog-friendly cottages in Truro, Cornwall.
Where is Nanjizal Beach?
Nanjizal Beach is a beautiful and secluded spot in the Cornish town of Penzance. Full of natural stone sculptures, caves and freshwater waterfalls, it’s a truly stunning location that is well worth the trip.
How to Get to Nanjizal Beach
When we say secluded, we’re not exaggerating. Nanjizal Beach is about an hours walk from the nearest road or car park, but we promise it’s worth the journey!
How to Get to Nanjizal Beach by Car
As one of Cornwall’s best-kept secrets, you won’t find any signposts to this beach. But fret not! With our directions, you’ll be able to find it with no problem.
From The Valley, take the A30 towards Penzance but turn off when you see the directions for Land’s End. Before you reach Land’s End, keep an eye out for a signpost for Trevascan. Turn left here, and you’ll find a place to park either on the road or in a lay-by in the village.
On foot, head past the Appletree Café, and you’ll see a bus stop on your right. Behind the bus stop, you’ll find a small courtyard of houses, head down the home’s left-hand side, and follow the footpath towards Trevilley Farm.
Make your journey through the farm and fields, and head towards the sea. After several fields, you will reach a kissing gate. Follow this path towards the coast and make sure you keep right when the left turn appears. Follow the path along the top of the valley, and it will eventually lead down to the small cove of Nanjizal.
How to Get to Nanjizal Beach on Foot
However you travel to Nanjizal Beach, it will involve a trek – which is perfect if you’re on a hiking holiday!
There are two main ways of walking to Nanjizal Beach. You can make the 47-minute walk North/ North-West along the South West Coastal Path from Porthgwarra Beach to Nanjizal Beach. Or, if you want to make the most of all Cornwall has to offer, you can follow the path South/South-East from Land’s End and make it to Nanjizal in half an hour.
Whatever way you decide to take, make sure you bring water to keep hydrated and maybe even a picnic so you can bask in the beauty of the Cornish coast.
Are Dogs Allowed on Nanjizal Beach?
Another brilliant aspect of this hidden gem is that dogs are allowed all year round! That means you can make the trip with all the family. Plus, by the time you’ve made it back to your car, your furry friend will have dried off after the inevitable splash in the shallows!
What is at Nanjizal Beach?
As far as facilities, there are none. What makes Nanjizal Beach so magical is how unspoilt it is. It’s all part of the charm.
There is plenty of wildlife to see, making it an excellent spot for bird watchers; Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap breed here. There are also a few large rock pools in the area that could house all manner of sea life.
The thing Nanjizal is known for is the fantastic and naturally occurring stone structures, one of which being the famous Diamond Horse; this nickname is due to it having a quartz vein running through it which sparkles in the sun. You can find this structure on the north side of the cliff.
On the south side, you’ll find the magnificent rock arch called ‘Zawn Pyg’, also known as ‘Song of the Sea’.
Nanjizal Beach is one of the most beautiful, best-kept secrets in Cornwall, but there are some things to note. Depending on the time of year and the recent tides, the beach may not be a golden, sandy haven but a slightly rocky cove. There’s also no lifeguard cover for this beach, so take extra care with swimming or snorkelling.
This trip is a must when visiting Cornwall, and if you plan it right, you’ll have an adventure the whole family can join – even the dog!
The Best Cornish Beaches for Walks
September 18th, 2020
If you’re staying in one of our sought-after dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall, no doubt you are looking forward to some beautiful walks along the coast! Cornwall is inundated with beautiful beaches across its coastline, attracting avid walkers every year!
All our beaches featured are perfect for walking with or without a dog, and we advise on the best times to visit if you are with your furry friend!
Our Chosen Locations
There are many beautiful beach walks in the county, so to narrow down our top picks, we have mainly focussed on the southern area of Cornwall below Truro.
Many of our chosen locations feature stunning walks either on the beach or surrounding it; you may notice the South West Coast Path features in a few of our sites!
Gwithian Towans Beach
As Cornwall’s longest beach, Gwithian had to feature on our list.
The beach lies between Hayle and Godrevy, and the whole stretch of golden sand can be accessed when the tide is low. Three miles in length, it is the perfect place for those who want to take off their shoes and walk with their toes in the sand.
When the surf is pumping, the beach becomes a showground of surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing displays! The rolling sand dunes behind the beach are also perfect for those who want an adventure.
Note, dogs are not permitted on the beach during July and August.
One of the main appeals of the beach is its great history! A buried castle is believed to exist beneath the sand belonging to a man called Tendar, an alleged ‘Pagan persecutor of Christians’.
A medieval chapel, St Govian’s, is also rumoured to lie beneath the sand dunes and was last seen in the 1940s!
At one end of the beach, you will find the beautiful Godrevy Lighthouse, built to signify the dangerous Storms Reef.
Situated just in front of the beach, it makes a stunning photograph, especially on stormier days or during a fiery sunset!
Sennen is a favourite hotspot for surfers. The stunning cove is lined with beautiful white sand, and it is the perfect place for those hoping to try their hand at watersports; the beach is lifeguarded during the summer season, and there are plenty of surf schools to provide extra guidance!
If you want to stick solely to walking, the beach and surrounding areas provide many stunning walks for visitors to enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll across the beach and absorb the dramatic coastline and hub of activity.
Note that dogs are not permitted on Sennen Beach from 5th May to 30th September between the times of 10am and 6pm.
If you have more energy to blow off, follow the South West Coast Path to other close-by locations including Land’s End to the South and Gwenver beach to the north, which is a dog-friendly beach throughout the year.
Walking to Land’s End from Sennen
Only 1.5 km to Land’s End, Sennen is the perfect base to start an exploration to the famous tourist hotspot at the tip of the county.
It is a reasonably easy walk, with almost no steep inclines throughout the hike. If you fancy a different path to the way you came, there are a few circular routes you can take to return to Sennen.
If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can continue on the South West coast path down towards Nanjizal Beach once you have reached Land’s End.
Nanjizal Beach is a beautiful secluded beach which isn’t easily accessible by car, so walking is the best way to get there and well worth the visit if you are feeling up to it!
It is famous for the Song of the Sea, a captivating natural rock arch which floods with beautiful light in the sun. The beach welcomes dogs all year round!
One of Falmouth’s favourite and largest beaches, the bright turquoise waters of Gyllyngvase Beach attracts many visitors throughout the year.
Only a 10-minute walk from Falmouth’s town centre, it is easily accessible and a family favourite due to its calm waters and pretty sand. The beach is also a great starting point for coastal walks to other must-see spots including Swanpool Beach and Maenporth.
Note that dogs are not permitted on Sennen Beach from 5th May to 30th September between the times of 10am and 6pm.
Porthleven is a pretty fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall. The beach is sandy and is accessible to other spots in the area including Loe Bar, just up from the beach in a 40 minutes’ walk.
Longer walks along the South West Coast Past from Porthleven include Mullion and Praa Sands which are situated either side of the beach.
Which of our featured beaches will you be looking forward to strolling on? Have we missed your favourite location for a beach walk? Why not share your thoughts with us on our social media channels; we would love to know more about your favourite hikes!
Dog Friendly Attractions to Visit in Cornwall
March 20th, 2020
Please note, these are lovely places to enjoy after the Coronavirus social distancing measures have passed. In the meantime please do follow the governments advice.
It doesn’t feel like a real family holiday if the whole family can’t be there. Unfortunately, when you jet off abroad or cruise around the world, a crucial member of the family usually has to be left behind; your dog.
When enjoying a staycation in Cornwall, however, this is far from the case, as a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall means that everyone can be included, even your pup! Here we take a look at some of our top recommendations for truly dog-friendly attractions that the whole family can enjoy.
Heartlands celebrates Cornish mining heritage and is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. As well as exploring some of the old mining landscape and buildings, Heartlands is also home to delightful diaspora gardens, adventure playgrounds and art exhibits.
With a great deal of outdoor space to explore, Heartlands is an ideal location for bringing your dog along for a family day out. The onsite café, Red River Café, is also dog-friendly, allowing you to spend every moment on this fun day out together.
While the gardens of Trelissick do not allow access for dogs, the Trelissick estate includes miles of woodland and countryside that is perfect for dog walking. Stroll through the parkland, or explore the expanse of trees, where your dog can run free and play.
After your walk, head to the café at Trelissick for a refreshment. The sheltered courtyard area outside the café is dog-friendly, with water bowls available. You can also enjoy your own treat, in the form of tea and a nice slice of cake!
Trebah is a tropical garden with a beach, and the whole site is dog-friendly, as long as your pooch is kept on a lead. Explore the garden with your pup and make your way down to the river beach at the bottom, where they will love splashing in the water.
Trebah is well-suited to dogs, with many features making the gardens truly dog friendly. Dog bins can be found throughout the garden, with poo bags available for free if you have forgotten your own. Outside the visitors’ centre, there are water bowls, and dogs are also welcome on certain tables within the Trebah Kitchen café and on the garden terrace and picnic area.
Holywell Bay is dog-friendly, with dogs allowed on the beach all year round. This is lucky, as Holywell Bay is a perfect spot for pups, with wide expanses of golden sand and dunes to explore, as well as fresh-water streams to splash in.
Located 5 miles away from Newquay, this wonderful beach has been voted one of the best views in England, as well as being awarded the number one spot for the best beach in England by the National Trust.
Set into the rugged cliffs of Cornwall’s north coast, Tintagel Castle offers an immersive historical experience, as you climb the steps of this stunning landmark. Linked to the legend of King Arthur, this dramatic castle is likely to inspire all who visit.
As the ruins of a castle, much of this attraction is outdoors, so dogs are allowed to accompany you on your historical journey if they are kept on leads. However, there are a lot of steps involved, and the path leads around some cliff edges, so be sure that your dog is confident and able to walk in such conditions before you visit.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the Helford Estuary is home to seals, sea lions, otters and penguins, amongst other exciting creatures who are recovering and rehabilitating at the sanctuary before release into the wild, when possible.
Dogs are allowed in the Cornish Seal Sanctuary if they are kept on a lead. However, you cannot bring your dog into the seal hospital area, in the children’s play area or in the café. The sanctuary is set within a lovely area of Cornwall that will offer plenty of walks in scenic countryside that you and your dog will enjoy after your visit to see the seals.
Where do you enjoy taking your dog when visiting in Cornwall? Leave a comment to let us know your favourite dog-friendly attractions and walk spots in this area!
A Guide to Dog Friendly Cornwall
August 05th, 2019
Don’t leave your pups at home, bring them on holiday with you! A family holiday just isn’t the same without the dog joining you on your travels! Thankfully, Cornwall is a brilliant place for our four-legged friends as there are plenty of dog-friendly spots; however, some still have restrictions. We have put together this guide, so you know where is best for your family to visit with the dog!
On the Roseland Peninsula, this sandy and rocky beach is dog-friendly all year round, though your dog must be kept on a leash in the summer months. Nare Head rises above the bay and protects it, making it a lovely spot! At low tide, this beach joins with Pendower Beach, also a dog-friendly beach.
Perranporth is perhaps one of the most well-known and well-loved beaches in Cornwall. With its long stretch of golden sands, it is the perfect place for the kids and dog to run around! The beach also features a bar called The Watering Hole; this is also dog-friendly making it a great spot to stop for a bite to eat after an enjoyable coastal walk.
On the Lizard Peninsula, this sand and shingle bay on the Helford River is dog-friendly all year round! Close to Trebah Gardens, this quiet beach is beautiful and a fun place to have a family day in the sunshine!
Situated in Truro, this quiet, south-east facing beach is near St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula and is dog-friendly all year round! The beach is sand and shingle and at low tide rock pools are revealed, making it great for kids to explore too.
Located between Maenporth and Mawnan Smith there is a footpath which leads you through some wooded areas and ends at the little beach of Nansidwell. Part of a National Trust area, this beach is dog-friendly all year, and it is an excellent spot for a picnic!
Dog-Friendly Places to Eat
One of the hardest aspects of taking the dog on holiday is finding places to eat out, but there are loads of great places near our dog-friendly cottages in Truro, Cornwall.
The Old School Bar & Kitchen, Truro
If you are looking for locally sourced food, great selection of ales and wines and some live music, this is the place for you! With fish and chips to 4oz beef burgers, there is a delicious array of dishes to choose from, and to top it all off; the pup can come too!
Penrose Kitchen, Truro
Situated right by the river, this picturesque location makes it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. From delicious baked sweet potato to roasted monkfish fillet, this place has an exciting menu and is somewhere you can try something new! The dog can join you on your trip so long as you choose to sit on their terrace. While you are in the area, why not enjoy a walk around the water gardens!
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole
Perhaps most well-known for their delicious Sunday roast, The Old Coastguard is a great place to visit for some wonderful food, and an added bonus is that your four-legged friend can join you! Providing one of the best views seen in Cornwall, the restaurant has seasonal changes to the menu and offers the best fresh fish and seafood.
Potager Cafe, Falmouth
Serving home-made cakes, breakfast and wholesome lunches made to order, all using organic produce, this cafe is a great place to head to in Falmouth. Right next to the cafe is the garden, perfect for building up your appetite before you tuck into a hearty lunch.
Godolphin Arms, Marazion
Overlooking the stunning St Michael’s Mount, this restaurant offers a full English breakfast from 8 am, and the daytime menu includes delights such as crab sandwiches and classic fish and chips. On their dinner menu, you will find delicious dishes such as crab mac ‘n’ cheese and Cornish lamb steak. A children’s menu is also available, and dogs are welcome in certain areas.
The Working Boat Pub, Falmouth
Enjoy views over Falmouth Harbour while sipping on a pint of Cornish ale in The Working Boat. The place was rebuilt in 2015 and sits on the edge of the harbour. The authentic Cornish atmosphere will make you want to return every day and try everything on the menu! Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the pub also invites you to bring along your pups!
There are over 60 self-guided and themed Treasure Trails in fantastic places across Cornwall, many close to our 5-star cottages! Order a package online and enjoy solving the clues along the trail as you take in the sights and give your dog the chance to stretch its legs and run wild!
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
This attraction provides something for both the adult and kids! There is a guided tour of the cider making, a ride through the orchards on a tractor and you can finish off with a delicious cream tea. Dogs are welcomed so long as they are on a lead; the only part they aren’t allowed in is the production areas.
The world-famous open-air theatre in Cornwall is carved into the granite cliff face and set among gardens overlooking the spectacular Porthcurno. Whether or not you plan on seeing a performance, the theatre is a great place to explore with the dog and kids.
Tehidy Country Park
This country park has 250 acres of woodland, lakes and nine miles of footpaths to explore. In the summer, the park is beautiful with flowers, birds and butterflies, making it a wonderful place to go on a family walk with the dog!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Hear about the dramatic rescues and meet the seals and sea lions at the sanctuary, as well as otters, penguins and much more marine wildlife who are recuperating there. The 42-acre centre also has a woodland trail to explore. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on their lead at all times.
Long Rock Beach
Between Marazion and Penzance is Long Rock Beach, which looks out toward St Michael’s Mount. You can walk along the shingle beach with the dog all year round, but only at low tide for safety. At low tide, you can also walk the causeway to the Mount and walk around the village there and visit the gardens.
This woodland walk has plenty of routes to choose from, the majority of them are flat, so young children, wheelchairs and elderly have easy access to them. Some routes also take you along the river, which at shallow points, is great for the dogs to splash about in.
Chapel Carn Brea
A countryside charm, from the top of Chapel Carn Brea, the view is spectacular, with St Michael’s Mount, the western moors, Lizard Peninsula, Sennen and Longships Lighthouse and the Scilly Isles on the horizon. The wide-open spaces make this a perfect spot for the kids and dog to run around and burn off some energy!
Towards the north coast is Pendeen Carn, crisscrossed by bridleways and footpaths suitable for dog walking. There are plenty of routes to choose from, many circular and you can take the level routes or try a bit of challenge by heading uphill.
This rough headland might not be the most popular part of Cornwall, but it does make for an exciting dog walking area. There are remnants of war bunkers and quarrying as you walk up to the headland point, and the views from there are fantastic, with Perranporth Beach in the background.
South West Coast Path
With Cornwall containing over 300 miles of the South West Coast Path, and covering a variety of terrain, your dog will love roaming along the trail. Depending on your own abilities, you can tackle the challenging sections or simply opt for a gentle stroll.
Dangers for Dogs
Though Cornwall is very welcoming and accommodating to dogs, you may come across some hazards you are not used to in your hometown. Cornwall has steep cliffs, and it is best to keep your dog close by when walking along a narrow precipice or by a cliff edge that has a sheer drop to avoid any accidents.
You should always be aware of the sea! Powerful waves and currents can quickly take your dog out to sea, a lot further than you may think, so play it safe in the shallows. Finally, when out in the countryside, be aware of adders, which can bite and kill dogs. Hiding in long grass, a dog could come across an adder before realising, so always be wary when out on a countryside walk.
Here at The Valley, we know that no family holiday is complete without the pup! We offer a collection of dog-friendly holiday cottages so you can bring your dog along with you on your Cornish getaway. Situated near both Falmouth and Truro, numerous attractions and stunning beaches are all within a 30-minute drive, making it a perfect location to discover Cornwall!
Is your dog a natural born swimmer?
January 24th, 2015
Surely one of the greatest times to be had when holidaying in pet friendly cottages Cornwall is playing ‘fetch’ with your dog in the surf at one of Cornwall’s dog friendly beaches. The question of ‘Can your dog swim?’ to many holidaying dog owners would therefore seem like a fairly odd question, and perhaps one that would make us think a little more before throwing a ball into the breaking waves for poor Fido to follow.
We are generally led to believe that all dogs can swim, as a general rule. While it’s true that upon hitting the water, all dogs will naturally begin to paddle and make the swimming motions that should propel them and keep them afloat, the fact of the matter is, not all dogs can, in reality, swim and keep their heads above water at the same time. Swimming is simply not a viable choice for these dogs, and there can be a very real risk of drowning.
There are various reasons for some dogs not being able to swim, and all of them are breed or type specific, i.e. to do with the anatomy and physiology of the dog in question rather than a literal inability to make paddling movements with their legs.
There are two main reasons for which certain types of dogs cannot swim, or are more likely to be unable to swim than other breeds, which are as follows:
- Brachycephalic dogs are those which have a very short muzzle, leading to the squashed up, flat facial expression of breeds such as pugs, pekinese, boxers, and bulldogs. Brachycephalic dogs are unable to swim with ease or to stay afloat properly because in order to be able to keep their nose and mouth above the waterline, they must tilt their head upwards; which leads to their back end pointing downwards and them taking on an almost vertical position in the water. This in turn unsurprisingly causes them to sink, (seen the film Titanic?). The flatter a dog’s muzzle is, the greater a problem they will have.
- Dogs with disproportionately large or heavy heads. The perceived desirable traits of some breeds and types of dog dictate that the head of the dog should be proportionately large compared to the body. The most obvious example of this is in the bulldog, whose heads are so large that they must deliver their young via caesarean section. Several other breeds also have a particularly large head with a dense bone structure, and are similarly affected. Having a head which is large and heavy proportionately to the body, as well as having a dense and heavy muscle mass, means that when floating in the water the dog naturally tips forwards due to the weight of the head, meaning that they are unable to keep their heads above the water and lose buoyancy.
As well as these two main reasons for a dog not being able to swim, there are other possible factors which might also hinder a dog’s swimming ability. Dogs with particularly short legs, such as the Dachshund, find it hard to stay buoyant in the water, and dogs of any breed which have lost a limb due to an amputation or accident will be unable to stay balanced when floating.
If you know that your dog cannot swim or suspect that their breed might make swimming more difficult , keeping your dog safe at the beach or out on the water is of course vitally important. One ideal way of still having lots of fun with your non-swimming dog is to buy a doggy buoyancy jacket.
While some dogs actively avoid the water and others still are inherently bad at or incapable of swimming, there are several breeds of dog that are just made for being in the water! These are the breeds that have a long history of either living near to water and swimming confidently, or those that were actively bred and trained to work in and around the water, helping people in all manner of working roles throughout history.
While having a dog that likes to swim a lot can make for some fairly messy clean ups, many of The Valley’s pet friendly cottages Cornwall have a separate utility room with a sink handily located near to the front door. For properly sandy and seaweedy pooches there is also a purpose built outdoor dog wash area to get the worst off!
If you like the idea of a proper swimming dog capable of matching your stamina out in the Cornish surf, you might wish to consider one of the many dog breeds that love the water and are totally confident swimmers. Read on for our picks of some of the best swimming dog breeds:
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, and as well as being keen and confident swimmers, they are highly intelligent, very friendly, and make excellent pets. The breed’s working history goes back to the days when they were known as the St. John’s Water Dog, where they were used as retrieving dogs in the Labrador Sea. Even prior to this, the breed had English origins as a working and game retrieving dog. Usage and breeding over time led to a dog that worked closely alongside of shooting parties, retrieving downed game birds to bring back to their handlers. This involved both retrieving land birds, and water fowl such as ducks. The Labrador Retriever will usually leap into a pond, lake or the sea in any season with great gusto, particularly if encouraged or sent into retrieve something!
The Golden Retriever is another breed that was specifically bred to retrieve game birds, particularly water fowl. Like the Labrador, they are kind, confident, friendly and great all-rounders, being another very popular family pet. The Golden Retriever is a confident and willing swimmer, and does not need much encouragement to leap into the water for a game or if they have spotted something interesting in the water! If you are lucky enough to live near to a lake or the sea, your Golden Retriever will get hours of entertainment during the warmer months splashing about and bringing back balls or sticks.
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the oldest breeds of spaniel-type dogs, and has a coat much more similar to that of the Poodle than that of most other spaniels. Their coats are densely curled and very thick, offering the dog an extra layer of insulation when swimming in cold water, and making their coats somewhat water repellent.
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of Ireland’s native breeds, with a history going back well over 1,000 years. Like the retriever dog breeds, the Irish Water Spaniel was bred as a hunting and retrieving dog, and developed their competence for swimming and affinity for the water while working in the boggy, marshy and waterlogged plains of Ireland.
The Portuguese Water Dog originally hails from the Algarve area of Portugal, but can now be widely seen all across the country and in other parts of the world. This dog really is the ultimate swimming breed, being used to sea swimming and swimming in cold, challenging costal waters. The Portuguese Water Dog was bred and developed to work closely with Portugal’s sea fishermen, and would live with them on their boats and ships when working at sea. When a viable shoal of fish was found, the fishermen would lay out their nets, and send the Portuguese Water Dog out into the sea to herd the fish into their nets! The Portuguese Water Dog is a great pick of pet for people who live near the coast, and these dogs love swimming and splashing about in the sea.
The Newfoundland Dog has one particular and very distinctive trait that gives away their superior ability as swimmers; they have webbed feet, to help them to hold their own in the water! These large, heavy dogs are slow moving and rather lumbering on land, but in the water, they really come into their own.They are incredibly calm, intelligent and loyal dogs, and make excellent family pets as well as being competent swimmers. Their coats are water resistant with an oily texture, and their large size and heavy muscle mass gave them the strength that they needed to hold their own in tidal waters. Founded in Newfoundland, as the name suggests, the Newfoundland Dog is another dog that was used to work at sea with fishermen. It is also worth noting that the Newfoundland breed has been noted for the rescue and recovery from the sea of people in distress on several occasions throughout their history; a skill that they was never trained to perform, making them one of the heroes of the canine world as well as one of its best swimmers!