Top Five Dog Friendly Restaurants in South Cornwall
February 21st, 2023
There is nothing like going on a walk with your dog, working up an appetite and heading down to the local restaurant for delicious food, good drinks and sensational company. If you would love a Cornish adventure and a pub lunch with your four-legged friend, this guide is for you.
Cornwall provides endless dog friendly accommodation allowing you to spend precious time with your loved ones and furry friends. The Valley shares the top five dog-friendly places to eat in South Cornwall for you to experience.
Are Dogs allowed in Pubs in Cornwall?
Yes! You can take your dog to various dog-friendly pubs in Cornwall. We recommend checking with the pub beforehand to make sure your furry friend is welcome inside.
Top Five Dog Friendly Restaurants in South Cornwall
We have discovered the top five dog friendly places to eat in South Cornwall for you and your four-legged friend to visit!
Situated in the village of Mylor Bridge, 15 minutes from Falmouth, lies Pandora Inn, one of the best pubs in Cornwall. Overlooking Restronguet Creek, a visit here will promise spectacular views and high-quality, locally sourced fresh seafood.
Well-behaved dogs can relax in the bar area alongside their owners, which boasts flagstone floors and low-beamed ceilings – part of the inn dates back as far as the 13th century! There are outdoor areas perfect for you and your pup to enjoy fresh air, such as the fabulous outdoor floating pontoon.
If you would like to explore Falmouth, take a look at our dog friendly guide below:
The Cornish Vegan
For those looking for something a little different, The Cornish Vegan is a modern popular restaurant and is perfect for those planning days out with dogs in Truro. Priding itself on being 100% vegan, this excellent restaurant delivers a fantastic menu with great dishes almost entirely produced in-house or using locally sourced ingredients.
With an outdoor garden and dogs being allowed inside the restaurant, The Cornish Vegan is a beautiful little spot to visit if you want to explore Truro with your furry friend.
The Ship Inn
Situated on the northern point of the Lizard Peninsula, just 30 minutes from Falmouth, The Ship Inn is a warm and friendly local pub that prides itself on its food. The pub is known for being extremely dog friendly, with indoor and outdoor areas perfect for dogs.
Run by an award-winning chef and made using locally sourced ingredients, you can be sure that your family will be well-fed when visiting the Ship Inn while enjoying the warm local environment.
Once your stomach is full, there are many sensational beaches to visit on the Lizard Peninsula for an afternoon walk with your dog.
The Rising Sun
If you want to see some of Cornwall’s best views, spend a day at St Mawes. The Rising Sun is a spectacular dog-friendly pub that looks over the Roseland Peninsula, serving various modern and traditional pub-style dishes.
The Rising Sun’s menu also boasts a host of specials, which change daily, making the most of the local fresh fish and seasonal produce. Afternoon teas, including homemade scones and teacakes, can also be enjoyed between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
Situated in the city, Hub Box in Truro serves late-night cocktails, award-winning burgers and food, and sensational morning coffee. Hub Box is known for being extremely dog friendly, with indoor and outdoor areas perfect for canine companions.
Top Dog Friendly Eateries near The Valley
Here at The Valley, we pride ourselves on being one of the best areas to stay in Cornwall for dogs. We have chosen some of our favourite dog friendly restaurants and pubs for you to discover if you decide to book a dog friendly stay with us.
- Roseland Inn
- Trengilly Wartha Inn
- The Punchbowl and Ladle
- Dolphin Inn
- Cafe Mylor
These sensational eateries are all situated near some of Cornwall’s amazing attractions! See below for dog friendly attractions to visit:
We hope to have made you hungry for more! Our fantastic dog friendly accommodation and cottages are available to book all year round! So pack the lead, your furry friend’s favourite toy and pop down to Cornwall for some local food!
Days Out With Dogs In Truro
November 28th, 2022
With so many countryside paths and beach walks to explore in Cornwall, it is one of the best places in the UK if you are looking for a getaway for the whole family – dogs included!
While some places may be obvious as to whether or not they welcome pups, other spots may surprise you, so to help you plan your holiday activities, we have come up with a guide to some of the best dog-friendly attractions in and around Truro, Cornwall’s capital.
When visiting Cornwall with your pups, stay in our dog friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, which are situated close to Truro and all of these amazing days out.
Healey’s Cyder Farm
While primarily a cider farm, this free attraction has enough to entertain the whole family all day, the dog included! Dogs are allowed in all of the outdoor spaces, provided that they are kept on a lead, and are also welcome in the courtyard area of the farm’s restaurant.
With some friendly farmyard animals to encounter, as well as tractor rides to take and a museum and distillery, there is plenty for the rest of the family to explore. Water bowls can be found placed throughout the farm, perfect for pups visiting on a warm day.
Four miles to the East of Truro sits Pendower Beach, a huge expanse of sand stretching for a mile, making it the perfect spot to walk your pup. This beach boasts some incredible views out along the coastline and is framed by rock pools and low soft cliffs.
Pendower is the perfect activity beach, too, with great conditions for swimming, surfing, canoeing, sailing, fishing and scuba diving!
Pendower Beach is dog-friendly all year round, although dogs need to be kept on a lead and under close control during the summer months.
Perfect for garden lovers, Trebah Gardens allow you to bring your dog along for the day, provided that they are kept on a lead. The gardens offer up a sub-tropical haven, leading through to a breathtaking coastal backdrop.
Walk on down to the accompanying beach for a quiet stroll along the sand in this secluded section that provides an intimate space for you to relax while taking in those stunning sea views.
Visiting in the spring is particularly nice, as you can enjoy the Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons blooming throughout the grounds.
While dogs are not allowed to enter the actual National Trust gardens, Trelissick has a number of circular walks on offer around the grounds, which are dog-friendly. Located within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll be in for a tranquil day amongst nature.
A twenty-minute drive from Truro city centre, this popular beach has an area designated for dogs to be walked. This is also one of the most easily accessible beaches if you have little ones, especially when near the village, with cafes serving snacks and drinks throughout the holiday seasons.
Dogs can run free here, except in July and August, when they must be on a lead between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Perranporth Beach is also huge for surfing, so you’re bound to see a good show!
Not only are dogs allowed in this park, but there is a dedicated area here for exercising your dog. Located next to the River Truro, there is also a new play area for children, sporting facilities, and an abundance of wildlife here.
Dogs can be walked through the main park area on a lead, or can run free along the riverside stretch, before reaching the exercise area perfect for throwing a ball or two!
Pendennis Castle sits in neighbouring Falmouth, giving you an incredible insight into the area’s history. Originally a coastal fortress for Henry VIII, the castle has an incredible heritage, leading to exhibits on Victorian life and WWI defences! This is a fun family day out, with dedicated tours or the chance to explore the castle walls yourself.
Dogs are welcome here in all of the buildings and grounds, provided that they are kept on a lead. While pups are not allowed inside the tearoom, there is ample seating outside for you to refuel with a quick bite to eat.
If you and your family (dog included!) are looking for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall, then take a look at the cottages we have available in Truro for the perfect family getaway!
Dog-Friendly Pubs in Cornwall
November 21st, 2022
Like the rest of the nation, Cornwall is a county full of dog lovers, with the vast majority of pubs, restaurants and cafes welcoming our furry friends.
With this plethora of great spots for dogs and plenty of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, it’s no mystery why it’s such a popular holiday location for the whole family! Here are some of our favourite places to stop for an after-hike pint or a bit of pub grub.
Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor
Made famous thanks to its appearance in the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the Jamaica Inn is just one of the must-visit spots in the heart of Cornwall’s wilderness. After an adventure across the moor, you can relax by the fire in the history-rich pub to enjoy a hearty meal, cream tea or pint.
The First & Last Inn, Penzance
Another famed Cornish Inn, the First & Last Inn is a great pit stop for those heading to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced ingredients in this historic setting with its unique atmosphere. You and your pup will be well looked after here, with a beer garden to relax in during summer and roaring fires to cosy up by in winter.
King Arthur’s Arms Inn, Tintagel
After exploring Tintagel’s historic and picturesque sights, this bed and breakfast and pub should certainly be your next stop. Welcoming all weary travellers and providing a delicious menu of locally produced meals, this dog-friendly spot is the ideal for relaxing and enjoying a bit of good cheer.
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
Famous for its beach location, dogs (and everyone else) are sure to love a trip to the Watering Hole. You won’t even have to leave your beach walk to enjoy food and drink here! Settle in for stunning ocean views and a range of live music events.
The Blue Peter Inn, Polperro
The quaint Blue Peter Inn offers unforgettable harbour-side views and a charming spot for good food and good company. The menu here features plenty of freshly caught seafood and other tasty local treats. Four-legged friends are more than welcome to join you as you indulge in an outstanding Cornish dining experience.
Harbour Tavern, Mevagissey
Sit back and relish the relaxing atmosphere of the Harbour Tavern. Nestled in the stunning fishing village of Mevagissey, here you can enjoy the much-loved menu of seafood, pizza and tapas, along with plenty of Cornish ales and ciders. Generous window seats offer an open view of the harbour, perfect for watching the world pass by.
Polgooth Inn, St Austell
If it’s a classic Cornish country pub experience you’re after, look no further than the Polgooth Inn. The inn has historically welcomed chickens, ducks and even horses to the bar, so turning up with your dog in tow is no problem! Complete with a kitchen garden, the food here doesn’t get much more local.
Five Degrees West, Falmouth
A Falmouth hotspot, Five Degrees West offers an unbeatable pizza menu and typical pub grub to enjoy with a pint in the beer garden or cosy interior. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere extends to dogs too, making it a place wanders love to return to.
Wig & Pen, Truro
Situated in Truro, Wig & Pen is only a stone’s throw away from the beach, making for a great stop after you’ve worked up an appetite on the sand. Here, you can find locally sourced and homemade fresh food. The pub is loved by both locals and visitors, so you’ll be sure to experience a true piece of Cornwall in this lovely, dog-friendly spot.
The Halzephron Inn, Helston
The Lizard Peninsula offers some great walks and sights to see with your dog – and this historic inn and pub in the tranquil village of Gunwalloe should definitely make your list. Enjoy award-winning food set against dramatic coastal scenes in the scenic outdoor seating areas or cosy up in the characterful restaurant.
There are plenty more dog-friendly pubs and restaurants across Cornwall; we’ve mentioned just a couple of much-loved spots here to showcase the variety available, no matter which Cornish destination you’re heading to.
If you can’t wait to start planning your next adventure, why not consider staying with us at The Valley? With various dog-friendly accommodation options and woodland walks right on our doorsteps, our cottages make a great base for your family break.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
Five dog-friendly recommended beaches in Cornwall
July 04th, 2015
Coming to Cornwall can be fun for all the family, whether you have two legs or four. With this in mind, we thought that we would look at five of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) recommended beaches for water quality that also allow dogs to come and play on them in the Truro area. The beaches we’ve picked out for you offer the chance to experience what is truly at the heart of Cornwall’s appeal, and the allure of having these exceptional places to visit right on the doorstep of our dog-friendly holiday accommodation, Cornwall means you have one less thing to worry about prior to your arrival and therefore will be in holiday mode sooner than you think!