Canines in Cornwall

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A holiday would not be complete without your canine companion by your side and we are proud to offer a wide selection of beautiful dog friendly properties across the Cornish coast at Forever Cornwall, being big dog fans ourselves!

Here are some great tips on dog friendly activities around the region.

Beaches – which ones are best for dogs?

Many Cornish beaches operate a seasonal dog ban, but there are some exceptions in popular areas:

  • Crantock Bay, Holywell Bay and Fistral are beaches in and around Newquay and are dog friendly all year round and perfect for dog owners staying in Newquay.
  • Whilst there is a dog ban in place on part of the beach at Gwithian, there is a large area that stretches right across to Hayle where dogs are allowed
  • Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk are in St Ives and are 2 of the few beaches in St Ives that are dog friendly
  • Head to the south coast and rest assured that beaches such as Polgwidden Cove near Helford, or Longrock and Piskey Cove down at Mount’s Bay are dog friendly
  • Kestle Cottage near Helford Village and The Gem on the Pentire Headland near Newquay are 2 of our dog friendly properties and in close proximity to some of these beaches.

Whilst these beaches are suitable for dogs it may be a requirement that they need to be on a lead; Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches is a really useful link and shows in great detail which beaches are best for man’s best friend across the coast, and any other restrictions that are in place.

Doggy art!

Newlyn Art Gallery has a long history of celebrating contemporary art and has supported the artists that produce it for more than 120 years. They offer a wide and varied programme with exciting new exhibitions on display. There are also many workshops that are put on that can help you to get creative. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at both venues, but may not be allowed into the main gallery spaces for certain exhibitions. Admission costs £2.20.

Kiln Cottage is in Newlyn and is a lovely dog friendly property sleeping up to 4 guests.

Dog friendly gardens

Trebah Garden, Falmouth allows dogs in the gardens and on the beach all year round but they have to be on a lead at all times. There are designated doggie tables in Trebah Kitchen, so dog lovers can sit together. Dogs are also welcome on the garden terrace and in the picnic area, and there are also complementary poop bags available for dog owners.
Well-behaved dogs on short leads are also welcome to the Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey, providing a fantastic place to walk your four legged friend all year round.

Post dog walk refreshments

After a long walk with your fluffy friend, refuelling will be in order for the both of you…here are some great places that are dog friendly where you can enjoy some well deserved food and drink:
Hub Bar & Grill in St Ives serves fabulous food and drink, and has great views of the harbour.
The Bowgie Inn near Crantock, Newquay enjoys some of the best views in Cornwall, from a pub.
Enjoy a drink or snack at the Rockpool or Red River Inn, after taking your dog for a long walk around the Gwithian coast.
The Ship Inn at Mawgan in Meneage near Helston rates highly on Tripadvisor and is a country gastropub.

Artisan Cottage in St Ives and Driftwood at Gwithian are wonderfully located to enjoy miles of quality walking time with your dog.

Set sail on a dog friendly boat trip

Real Cornwall River Cruises run luxury and bespoke dog and family friendly river cruises in and around the Fal and Helford rivers. With doggy lifejackets and treats on board Kernow Wir, (which means Real Cornwall), is a stylish 25ft motor cruiser and can take up to 6 guests and one dog per cruise. Trips can go all the way up to Truro (tides permitting!), down to Falmouth, across to St Mawes, round to the Helford and up to Portscatho.

Love dogs, love Cornwall! Book one of our dog friendly cottages today and discover all that the county has to offer for you and your canine companion.