If you’re planning an escape to the coast or countryside, there are plenty of reasons to bring your dog. Whether it’s a practical decision due to the cost and inconvenience of organising dog care while you’re away, or because you can’t bear to leave your favourite four-legged family member behind, taking a break with your dog can be hugely rewarding for both you and your pooch.
Dogs make great holiday companions. They provide a daily reason to get out in the fresh air to discover new scenic walks together (whatever the weather!). They offer endless family entertainment with their silly canine antics. And their steady supply of loyal affection has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels – a welcome benefit when you’re relaxing on holiday!
Cornwall is the perfect destination for a dog-friendly break because so many of the things you love to do in Cornwall, your dog loves to do too.
Here are 5 great reasons to take your dog on holiday to Cornwall…
1. Coast Path
You’re never far from the coast when you’re in Cornwall. Make the most of it, and set out to explore some of the many miles of stunning Cornish coast path together – from rugged cliff tops to grassy hillsides and sandy coves – no two walks are the same, but each is magnificent in its own way. Both you and your dog will enjoy the vast skies, special coastal light, spectacular views and the distant murmur of the crashing waves.
Most dogs love the beach! Whether he’s racing after a ball with sand flying from all four paws, doggy paddling, clambering over rocks, or sticking his nose into rock pools, there’s so much for your dog to see and smell at the beach! Many Cornish beaches are dog friendly year-round, but be sure to check first for any seasonal restrictions.
Plan a dog walk on one of Cornwall’s beautifully bleak moors to soak up the eerie atmosphere and feel a million miles away from life back home. A day out with your dog on a wild moor is a great mini adventure to have together, especially if you plan your route to take in a dog-friendly inn with a roaring fire to warm up with a pint of Cornish cider or ale afterwards.
4. Dog-friendly attractions
Cornwall is home to many historic sites, castles, gardens, National Trust properties and of course the world-famous Eden Project. Whilst you can’t take your dog inside the biomes, the outside area of the Eden Project is dog-friendly, as are many of the National Trust gardens, Tintagel Castle and many more beloved Cornish attractions. Check ahead to be sure of any restrictions before you visit.
5. Exploring new towns and fishing villages
Whether you’ve stumbled upon a quaint fishing village, or you’re exploring one of Cornwall’s vibrant towns – most Cornish shops, bars, cafes and restaurants are very dog friendly, and happy for you to come in with a well-behaved pooch in tow. Many establishments have dog water bowls on the pavement outside, and dog treats on the counter, so you can keep him fed and watered while you browse.
When it comes to choosing dog friendly holiday accommodation, many dog owners prefer holiday cottages to hotels, B&Bs or campsites. A dog friendly holiday cottage offers more freedom to follow your dog’s normal routine, allowing them to settle into their new surroundings more quickly.
Over 60% of our holiday properties are dog friendly. Find your perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage in Cornwall here.
A few things to remember on holiday with your dog…
Cornwall is an amazing place to take your dog on holiday, however being away from home in a different environment brings with it new hazards for you dog that you may not be used to. It is better to know of these in advance so you are able to avoid them, or be prepared to act swiftly if needed.
- Be careful near cliffs as many edges are unprotected and dogs can be injured or killed if they fall off
- Be aware of strong currents and powerful waves in the Cornish sea. If your dog enjoys a paddle, keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t go too deep
- Watch out for adders that can be found hiding in long grass, often on or near the coast path. They are timid and usually try to slither away rather than attack, but dogs can come across them too quickly and frighten them into biting. If you think your dog has been bitten, take him to the vet as soon as possible
- Keep your dog on a lead and under control in any fields near livestock
- Pack a portable dog bowl with your own water bottle, especially in summer, to keep your dog hydrated on long walks
- Hire, borrow or buy a dog lifejacket if you’re planning for your dog to accompany you on water activities (paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, etc.)
- If you use plastic poo bags, always dispose of them properly rather than littering the coast and countryside with plastic that is dangerous to birds and wildlife. Alternatively, use a stick and flick it into a hedge where it can harmlessly biodegrade with no plastic