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Cornwall for the Canines

Cornwall for the Canines

Dog Friendly in Cornwall

We know that any dog owner’s holiday isn’t quite the same without their canine companion, which is why at Parkdean we offer pet friendly accommodation at most of our award winning Cornwall holiday parks

Cornwall is famous for its golden beaches with stretches of sand that go on for miles, the type that every dog dreams of! But it’s not just at the seaside where you and your four legged buddy can enjoy time together. We’ve picked out the top dog-friendly places and events around the region to give you an idea of what you and your pup can get up to together on a holiday in Cornwall.

Heartlands Pool

Dudnance Ln, Redruth, Pool, Cornwall TR15 3QY

Heartlands is a free visitor attraction set amongst 19 acres of parkland atop the former Robinson’s Shaft Mining Complex. A popular haunt for dog walkers taking in the stunning grounds, the site is very pet friendly. Dogs are welcome inside both the Café and the World Heritage Exhibition centre.

To find out more, visit www.heartlandscornwall.com

Tanglewood Gardens

Newbridge, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8PL, UK

Tanglewood is a 9 acre wild garden where humans and dogs alike are invited to explore and get hands (or paws) on with nature. The woodland area contains 4 ponds and a bog, and is wildlife, insect, and amphibian friendly, so there’s lots to see. All they ask is that pet pooches are kept on a lead as you roam the grounds.

To find out more, visit www.tanglewoodmaycontainnuts.co.uk

Pencarrow

Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3AG

Pencarrow is a country home set in 50 acres of woodland and garden where dogs and their owners are invited to explore an Iron Age hill fort, a Victorian lake and icehouse, a grotto, restful Italian gardens, and an enormous rock garden. Dogs are welcome off the lead in the wooded areas to have a good old run around, and they can even collect a biscuit from the gift shop before they leave!

To find out more, visit www.pencarrow.co.uk

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Nr Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL

Situated in a beautiful sheltered valley in West Cornwall, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas of Tremenheere sculpture gardens are the perfect place for a scenic woodland dog walk. After you’ve admired the various works of art dotted around the 20 acres of gardens, you and your dog are welcome to enjoy a bite to eat in the café.

To find out more, visit www.tremenheere.co.uk

Newlyn Art Gallery

New Rd, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5PZ

Newlyn Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with a focus on paintings and drawings. Well-behaved dogs on leads are always welcome to visit the secondary exhibitions and enjoy the art with their owners, and for the most part they’re allowed into the main exhibition spaces too. (With the exception of certain exhibitions, so make sure you ring before visiting if you’re planning to bring a pet along!)

To find out more, visit www.newlynartgallery.co.uk

Wheal Martyn

Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG

Wheal Martyn offers a great day out for all the family, including the dog! The picturesque 26 acre site includes nature trails, woodland walks and is home to the UK’s only china clay heritage centre. Get ready to see Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel, witness modern mining in action and explore ancient buildings. There’s also an educational interactive centre, a wonderful café, and a children’s play area.

To find out more, visit www.wheal-martyn.com

Siblyback Lake

Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 6ER

Siblyback Lake is a local beauty spot near Liskeard, where you’re likely to be a spectator to a wide range of water sports as you walk the gravel path around the edge with your pet. It’s approximately 4 miles around the Lake, and we recommend you start off at the Café so you can indulge in a spot of tea and cake when you reach the beginning again!

To find out more, visit http://www.photofilecornwall.co.uk/cornwall_local/siblyback/

The Royal Cornwall Show: 9th – 11th June 2016

Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE

The Royal Cornwall Show is the largest annual event in the Cornish calendar, attracting 120,000 each year. The show celebrates the best in local farming, and serves up food and entertainment for all the family. Our four legged friends actually play a large part in the event, with close to a thousand dogs competing each year in the show’s canine section, so they’re more than welcome to attend.

To find out more, visit www.royalcornwallshow.org

Cornwall Agility Club

Chenhale Farm Equestrian Centre, Brokenshire's Corner, Carharrack, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5RB

For dog owners who own a Parkdean holiday home in Cornwall, or just visit often, signing up to the Cornwall Agility Club gives you and your pet countless opportunities to socialise. The club runs shows and matches throughout the year, and is open to any breed. It now even provides agility training for club members too!

One of the club’s favourite walks is around Menabilly and Gribben Head. It takes about 3 hours and passes through a couple of small beeches for the dogs. To enjoy this walk, follow the directions below:

  1. Start in the car park at Menabilly and follow lane down to Menabilly Beach.
  2. Turn left along the coast pat towards Fowey, passing through Pridmouth Cove, and continue towards Fowey.
  3. On reaching St Catherine's Castle, follow the track through woods to left.
  4. On reaching the road, turn left and then right.
  5. You will then see Saints Way path signed off to the left. Follow along here and pass through the farm and back up to the road into Menabilly (a shorter route can be taken here by turning left back to the car park).
  6. Continue on the footpath across road and through fields. This will take you to the top of Polkerris, where there is a nice pub for refreshments if required!
  7. At the edge of the fields (or top of Polkerris) turn left along the coast path along edge of Gribben Head. Some sections get steep and narrow here, so be careful if your dog is pulling you along on the lead.
  8. Pass by the Daymarker Tower and drop back down to Menabilly Beach, before heading back up the lane to the car park.

To find out more about the Cornwall Agility Club, visit www.cornwallagilityclub.org.uk

Mullion Cove

Be sure to visit this beach at low tide or else you’ll be might end up doggy paddling yourself. You’ll find Mullion Cove next to the historic lifeboat station and a 5 minute walk from the National Trust Harbour. While there make sure you go exploring in the cave or grab your snorkel as there’s loads to see beneath the water.

Lankidden Cove

This is an exciting little gem. Hidden away, this beautiful cove can only be reached by hiking along the coast path from Kennack Sands for over a mile. This means that more often than not, it’s completely deserted, making it a tranquil place to stop and take in the scenery with your four legged pal.

Holywell Bay

Situated in one of Newquay’s most popular areas, Holywell bay comes alive in summer. The Golden sands stretch almost a mile with an array of rock pools and shallow streams for furry friends. The name Holywell is derived from holy well, which refers to a cave at the northern end of the beach. The cave is only accessible at low tide so take care, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Crantock Beach

This is a beautiful large sandy beach backed by grassy dunes situated on the outskirts of Newquay. There are an array of activities to keep you busy at Crantock, whether that’s taking part in water sports or going for a walk along the River Gannel estuary, you’re never short of things to get your paws into.

To check out more beaches recommended by the Cornwall beach guide, visit www.cornwallbeachguide.co.uk

Fistral Beach

Fistral, Newquay’s most popular beach, is 100% dog-friendly all year round. With a huge expanse of golden sand for running wild, and stunning scenery, there’s something for the both of you to enjoy. Plus, there’s even a veranda perfectly placed so you can relax with a coffee after your stroll and watch top surfers catch some waves.

Great Western

Great Western is popular with families and surfers but still remains one of the quieter beaches in Newquay. This picturesque beach has rock pools to explore and is great for beginner surfers. High cliffs surrounding the beach shelter it from winds but also cause shadows later in the afternoon, so it’s not the best beach for sunbathing, not that your four legged friend is bothered about a tan.

Greenaway Beach

This little cove is largely overlooked in favour of a couple of others to the North and South. But we have no idea why, as we think it’s absolutely spot on for dog lovers. There are no dog restrictions all year round, and it’s covered in rocks making it perfect for exploring.

Daymer Bay

This beach is hidden away off the beaten track within the mouth of the Camel Estuary making it pretty sheltered. At low tide it forms long stretches of golden sands bordered by dunes and hills with a gently sloping beach making it great for your four legged friend to go for a paddle.

Seaton Beach

Looe Hill, Seaton, Cornwall PL11 3JQ

Seaton Beach in south east Cornwall is popular with dog walkers all year round, even in the winter! At low tide you can enjoy a peaceful walk all the way to Downderry beach, which will take about an hour both ways. En route there are 2 cafes, and there’s plenty of parking so you can drive your tired pup back after his exciting walk.

To check out more beaches recommended by the Cornwall beach guide, visit www.cornwallbeachguide.co.uk

Darnderry Beach

Downderry Beach is a long and spacious sand and shingle beach with many rock pools at low tide. If you fancy taking your pooch for a long walk you can carry on down Downderry to Seaton beach at low tide or if you fancy a little stroll and a pint there’s a dog friendly pub right on the beach.

To check out more beaches recommended by the Cornwall beach guide, visit www.cornwallbeachguide.co.uk

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