Dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall

Dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall

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Bring the whole family for holidays in Cornwall with a dog

Can't bear to leave your pooch at home while the family has a good time? Try a holiday in Cornwall with your dog! The UK has always been a nation of dog lovers, and in recent years Cornwall has become known for its increasing dog-friendliness. If you hate the thought of being separated from your four-legged friend, this is the ideal holiday destination. You'll find dog-friendly beaches, great trails for your walkies, and even pubs and restaurants where your dogs are more than welcome. Enjoy some stunning seaside views as you explore one of the most beautiful parts of Britain with your dog by your side.

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How to plan for a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall

Why should you take your dog to Cornwall?

Everyone is feeling the pinch these days, but choosing a holiday at home in the UK rather than flying abroad doesn't have to be a hardship. With its windswept coastline and gorgeous beaches, Cornwall is every bit as lovely as coastal destinations overseas. It's also a great place to bring your dog. There's no need to fret about flights or worry about a pet passport. Instead, just choose dog-friendly holiday lettings in Cornwall, hop in the car and away you go!

Where are the best places to go for a walk around Cornwall?

With miles of coastal paths to choose from, Cornwall is known as a walker's paradise. That's just as true if you're accompanied by your beloved pooch. The best dog walks in Cornwall will let you admire amazing views while your dog runs about. Follow the King Arthur path along the slate coast, running for 8 km between the village of Treknow and Trebarwith Strand. Alternatively, for a more challenging route, try the walk from Padstow to Harlyn Bay. This 11-km walk may take a few hours to complete, especially if you stop at the dog-friendly beaches along the way! There are dog-friendly pubs at both the start and end points of this route, giving you several options to relax and rest.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Cornwall

What's the best time of year to take my dog to Cornwall?

The average temperatures in Cornwall don't usually get out of hand unless there's a heat wave. Even in summer, you can expect mild, pleasant days of around 20°C, which is perfect for adventures with your dog. Nevertheless, if you can avoid travelling in July and August, you might prefer to choose a dog-friendly holiday in Cornwall during the shoulder season, from April to June or September to October. This is largely due to crowds. During the summer months, Cornwall is an extremely popular holiday destination, and the sheer number of tourists may leave your precious pooch feeling rather overwhelmed.

Where are the best dog beaches around Cornwall?

Only five beaches in Cornwall ban dogs, so you should have no problem finding dog beaches in Cornwall to get tails wagging. Sandymouth is a good choice; not only does it have plenty of sand for your dog to roam around, but it's also set next to some dramatic cliffs with trails that are just perfect for walkies. Daymer Bay has superb sand dunes that energetic dogs will love bounding across. If you want something even more exciting, try heading to Mullion Cove. There are caves here that are just ripe for exploration. Inquisitive dogs will love the chance to experience new landscapes and sniff out interesting finds!

Can I take my dog on public transport in Cornwall?

Dogs are only allowed on buses at the driver's discretion in Cornwall. Normally, this means that a maximum of two dogs are allowed on a bus at a time, and large or dirty dogs may be turned away. If you want to travel with your dog on public transport, make sure you have him under control. Smaller dogs in carriers are usually allowed without any issues, while other dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Do not allow your dog to sit on a seat.

Can I bring my dog to a pub, café or restaurant with me in Cornwall?

Yes. In recent years, Cornwall has become increasingly dog-friendly, to the point that pooches are even a regular sight in many shops! Always check before going inside, though, as not every establishment signposts its dog policies. There are dog-friendly pubs to suit every customer, from The Old Coastguard with its glorious views of St Michael's Mount to Rick Stein's very own Cornish Arms, where gourmet food is served to tired ramblers. In Falmouth, the Windjammer Café has a special menu just for dogs and is conveniently located close by some great dog-friendly beaches.

Are there any laws about dogs in public in Cornwall?

Yes. Make sure you are familiar with the UK's breed-specific legislation, and in particular, the Dangerous Dogs Act, which requires certain breeds of dogs to be muzzled in public. Even dog-friendly pubs and cafés may deny entry to dangerous dogs. Your dog should be kept on a lead except in designated areas. Be particularly careful if you are near farms or areas where deer live; letting your dog chase other animals can lead to tragic consequences. You should only let your dog off his lead if he has excellent recall, and you're sure that he will come back when called and won't get overexcited by his new surroundings. No matter where you're walking - on the beach, in the woodlands or in town - dog poo is a serious issue. Failing to clean up after your dog has a fixed fine of £50 in England. Make sure to carry poo bags with you at all times.

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