Whether they be chasing crabs over sun-drenched shores, or bounding into waves as they whip themselves into frothy meringues, pooches will have a blast in ever fashionable, dog-friendly North Cornwall. There’s no shortage of charming seaside towns, clifftop walks, surfing or sandy beaches along the South West Coast Path, which runs alongside this awe-inspiring coastline. Those cobwebs will be blown away in no time and then you can relax, de-stress and enjoy Cornish life at its best.
Padstow and Rock
In the quintessentially Cornish town of Padstow, with its bustling harbour and independent shops, you can’t move for Rick Stein eateries and hotels – and that’s great news for dogs. Stein is a renowned canine fanatic and many of his venues have outdoor tables where your pooch can rest a while as you dine. At his St Petroc’s Bistro your dog can also join you for dinner in the bar. If it’s a British tradition you’re after, another Stein outlet is more than worth a stop. With dog parking outside, your pooch can catch-up on the need to knows from other visiting pups, whilst you pop in to Stein’s Fish & Chips and pick from the first class array of fresh seafood; this is not just ‘cod and chips, please’! Then head off with fido and take a pew (or mooring!) on the harbour side and enjoy the stunning view across the Camel Estuary to Rock, while you enjoy your excellent comfort food. Once you’ve had your fill, walk off that lunch with a stroll around the harbour. Head north along the costal path where fantastic views abound as you make your way to all year round dog-friendly Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove. Or, should your pooch fancy himself as an old sea-dog, take the 10 minute jaunt together from Padstow to charming town Rock on the Black Tor ferry.
An adventure, or two, for human and hound
Has fido not quite mastered his surfing prowess? Does your pup actually get pooped pretty easily? Give him the VI-Pup treatment and you do the work while he kicks back on a flat stretch of the pretty Camel Trail, with rolling hills on one side of you, and the gently flowing Camel River on the other. Pick up a bike and dog trailer from Bridge Bike Hire, and ride along this traffic-free six-mile estuary path from Wadebridge to Padstow. With fur billowing in the breeze, he will feel like royalty as he takes in those salty seaside smells, while you lazily pedal along.
Feeling energetic? Stretch your legs on the walk up to Tintagel, the castle that was reputedly inspiration for the King Arthur myth. Your pup can sniff the centuries-old ruins as you take in the sweeping views of the Cornish coastline.
Another dog-friendly beach worth its salt is Trevaunance Cove, or neighbouring Trevellas Porth. If combining with a visit to pretty, sleepy St Agnes and you want to stretch your legs, head away from the town centre down historic street Stippy Stappy, before taking the Quay Road to the beach. Should you fancy a healthy pit-stop en route, surfer shack Genki’s selection of smoothies and acai bowls are not to be missed.
All Four Paws Tip: make sure you keep your pooch on a lead when exploring the costal paths to avoid any unwanted trips.
After all that sea air, you’ll need a place to rest your heads, and you are spoilt for choice with North Cornwall’s blissful hotels. Those wanting a tranquil retreat should check into the gorgeous adults-only The Scarlet. With their renowned Ayurvedic spa and stunning views, complete with sunsets to die for, this is one hotel you will not want to leave. They allow dogs in several guest rooms and lounge areas, where you can eat, drink, play games, read a book, or just take in the vista – just be sure to convince fido that attempting to take a running leap into the stunning outdoor reed-bed pool is not the thing to do! If he fancies a dip, take the short walk down the cliff stairs at the bottom of the hotel garden to dog-friendly Mawgan Porth beach, a beautiful stretch of sand with shallows perfect for splashing in. If you have young children, check-in to sister hotel Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, which is also happily pet-friendly and located right by The Scarlet, so you can enjoy the beautiful beach all together.
Alternatively, try the boutique Watergate Bay Hotel, where dogs are treated like part of the family. For lunch, you and fido can dine indoors at the hotel’s sea-view Beach Hut cafe, gazing through the windows as surfers ride the waves out front. But don’t get too distracted – the burgers are so good your pup might try to sneak a bite from your plate.
Whichever of these charming hotels with picture perfect seaside views you choose to make your home away from home, it is worth heading a few miles down the coast to dog-friendly restaurant, Lusty Glaze. Nestled in a privately-owned cove, a short stroll from Newquay centre, pooches are welcome in their restaurant all year round. They truly have their best paw forward in the dog friendly stakes; even offering a special doggy menu on Wednesdays from 12pm-9pm, with all proceeds going to St Francis’ home for dogs…a pit-stop for all paw-conscious pooches.
What more can we say; make sure dog-friendly North Cornwall is on your and fido’s must visit list this year.
All Four Paws Tip: should your pooch be a water-loving hound, a floating ball or toy is well worth taking along with you – it’s a great way for them to work off those Cornish delights!
Where’s you and your pup’s favourite stop in North Cornwall? We’d love to hear. Send us a note or fill in our ‘Recommend a Venue’ form. Enjoy!