Cornwall

Concerned about the doggie beach ban in Cornwall? Don’t be!

With the arrival of Easter comes the seasonal dog ban around the UK coastline, meaning that most beaches in Cornwall are just for human feet during the summer months. If this leaves you worried about where to take your pooch for walkies whilst on holiday, don’t fret; there’s still plenty of amazing places which your dog will love, and you will too.

Firstly, don’t forget that the South West Coastal Path is completely dog friendly. Running along the whole length of Cornwall, there’s miles of coastal paths to explore and you’ll still get incredible sea views. Check out the official South West Coastal Path website for inspiration and to find out which paths run past your Boutique Retreat.

The Eden Project welcomes dogs in the outdoor gardens – just bear in mind they aren’t allowed in the biomes or other indoor areas. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Gardens, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Lanhydrock and Trelissick Gardens are just a few of the botanical beauties that welcome dogs on leads and are a fascinating day out too.

Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin, is a fabulous wood with miles of marked pathways and tracks to explore. Make sure to visit Woods Café too for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea – dogs are welcome here!

Bodmin Moor is one big adventureland for dogs – wild and woolly, it’s the highest and least populated part of Cornwall and a fabulous place to explore, with over 100 square miles to ramble around. The Lizard, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the most southerly point in the UK’s mainland, is just glorious and has lots of places to explore (make sure to stop off at Roskilly’s for an ice cream).

If you still want your dog to experience a beach, don’t worry - there are still some exceptional beaches which are dog-friendly all year. Harlyn Bay near Padstow, Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel, Watergate Bay near Newquay, Pedn Vounder near Porthcurno, Mexico Towans near Hayle and Kennegy Sands close to Penzance are all gorgeous beaches where dogs are welcome. The Good Dog Guide is a great website for advice on dog-friendly beaches throughout the UK.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our luxury dog friendly cottages here.

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