Feature image credit – Mark Turner via Flickr.
Following on from our 5 Great Dog Friendly Beaches, we knew that dog friendly holidays are on the rise. So, we thought, why stop there? When beaches become too hot and crowded, sometimes you need a little diversity for your days out, and as Cornwall is full of fun activities, we did our research and found out the best places to take our canine companions this summer.
To note – unless specified below, these places are dog friendly, but dogs must remain on leads. Owners are respectfully asked to keep dogs under control, and clean up if necessary.
Tintagel Castle – Tintagel Island.
With a vast and rich history stretching back millennia, Tintagel Castle is a fun and historical day out for the family. Open from 10am – 6pm until the 1st October 2016, Tintagel Castle is steeped in history surrounding magic, King Arthur and Merlin.
Pendennis Castle – Falmouth.
As one of the finest examples of Henry VIII coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle is another family-fun day out. Also, with a hugely popular jousting tournament every summer, the castle and its grounds make for a fascinating exploration. Dogs are also allowed inside the buildings.
Trengwaiten Gardens – Penzance
Situated near Madron in Penzance, Trengwainton 25 acres of sheltered garden and exotic plants. With a tearoom, second-hand bookshops and unrivalled sea views of Mounts Bay, Trengwainton is a little paradise amongst the hustle and bustle of surrounding towns.
Eden Project – St Austell
Explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the world-renowned Eden Project this summer. With unique biomes playing host to different climate zones, ecosystems and plant life, the Eden Project are hot on education and conservation around the world. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed in the biomes, but there are miles of paths that wind through the Outdoor Gardens.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Mevagissey
Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s once beautiful gardens were lost under a sea of tangles and briars. However, after loving restoration, they’ve been transformed into a working production garden and pleasure ground, and have become one of Cornwall’s most popular visitor attractions. Dog waste bins are located around the gardens, but unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed in the Heligan Tearoom and Stewardry.
Pencarrow – Bodmin
With a history and a family stretching back to the Elizabethan times, Pencarrow House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture that is still privately occupied by the Molesworth-St Aubuyn family. With gardens, woodland – in which dogs are allowed off the lead – and fruit orchards, dogs are very welcome in this estate, and with designated shady spots, dog water bowls and even a complimentary dog treat waiting for your pooch at the Gift Shop, this estate is sure to be a firm favourite.
Tehidy County Park – Camborne
With over 9 miles of walks and 250 acres of woodland, Tehidy Park is perfect for a family trip out. With tearooms, a variety of designated walks and carparks at different entrances, Tehidy is perfect for summer picnics or family strolls. The majority of routes are suited to dogs, with only a few off bounds, and dogs are allowed off lead but still under owner’s control.
Seal Sanctuary – Gweek.
Set within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Beauty, Gweek’s Seal Sanctuary is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall, and provides a lifetime home for some of the sick, injured or orphaned seals that are washed up on the Cornish coastline. Brilliant for younger children, and fans of animal conservation, this sanctuary is also incredibly dog friendly, and has been named by Cesar Dog Food as being a top dog friendly attraction.
Prideaux Place – Padstow
Stunning grounds, and an equally beautiful house makes up the Prideux Estate. With stunning Gothic-inspired architecture, a licenced tearooms and a vast history stretching back fourteen generations of the same family Prideux Place is not to be missed. Popular television adaptations of Winston Graham’s Poldark and Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels have also been filmed on the estate.
Idless Woods – Truro
On the outskirts of Truro, Idless Woods is a large mixed woodland that has become very popular for dog-walking. Dogs are allowed off-lead in this woodland, and with a stream and fresh running water, it is perfect for a summer’s walk. Also, with an abundance of wildlife, bluebells in the spring and a variety of flora and fauna, this wood attracts all nature fans and outdoor sports activities.