Taking Your Dog on Holiday to Cornwall?

Taking Your Dog on Holiday to Cornwall?


Leaving your dog at home when going on holiday is probably one of the hardest things to do. Even if you can get a reliable dog sitter for the week/weekend, it’s something that can fill you with anxiety. After all, our dogs become a fully fledged member of our families.

Why should we leave them at home to miss us while we go out and have all the fun? Well we say…you don’t have to! Instead, go somewhere you can take your dog with you and enjoy your holiday with the entire family.


One of the best places to look for dog friendly holidays is Cornwall. Although some beaches in Cornwall don’t allow dogs between Easter and October, there are many that will allow dogs all year round (see below).

There are of course, acres of land that you and your dog can explore too, along the Cornish coastline and moors without worrying about sheep! Your dog will absolutely love the fresh air, sea, and sand just as much as you will. There are many restaurants and pubs that are dog friendly too, so you don’t have to worry about lunches and evening entertainment.

Bringing Your Dog Could Be Cheaper Than Putting Your Dog In Kennels


Bringing your dog to Cornwall with you will likely be much cheaper than paying for a petsitter, or putting your dog in Kennels. Why spend more than you need to when you can save money and have even more fun by letting your dog join you on holiday?

Many holiday lets, ours included, only charge a small levy for each pet which is certainly much less than the standard daily rate for boarding in kennels.

You Get Amazing Walks And Scenery


There are so many amazing walks and scenic views you can enjoy with your dog in Cornwall. You’re never too far from an incredible walk! You can walk along beaches, the coast path, and through many woodland areas. Just make sure you keep your dog on a lead near cliffs, and keep an eye out for adders especially in Spring and Summer.

There are also park walks you can enjoy, like Trelissick Park. Also take a look at the Lizard Peninsula and Mount’s bay.  

There Are Dog Friendly Beaches, Restaurants, Days Out, And More Year Round


Did you know there are over 65 dog friendly beaches in Cornwall? – far too many to list here! However, you must be sure that the beach you’re going to visit is allowing dogs at the same time of year. Not to worry if it isn’t, as many of the beaches are dog friendly all year round.

There are also plenty of restaurants and fun days out to be had year round. When it comes to travelling to your destination, there are even dog friendly ferries and buses.

Dog Friendly Walks In Cornwall (Year Round)

  • Polperro (25 min drive) – This is one of the best areas there is for dog walking in Cornwall.
  • Looe (25 min drive)- Great for walkers, windsurfing, fishing and swimming.
  • St Austell Area (Kingswood) (45 min drive) – This is a beautiful spot is accessed after a 15 minutes walk through a steep wooded valley.
  • Carne Beach (1hr drive) – Nice to walk around the area, but dogs must be kept on a lead during the summer months.
  • Colona Beach (1hr drive) – Take a walk along the coast path to get to this lovely beach.
  • Mevagissey (1hr drive) – Popular with families. There are toilets and a cafe, but the beach is not lifeguarded.
  • Gorran Haven (1hr drive) – To get here, you have to walk along a footpath through narrow lanes from the National Trust carpark.

Dog Friendly Beaches Close to Polruan (Year Round)

  • Lantivet Bay (10 min drive) – A steep cliff path.Stunning Views. No facilities.
  • Lantic Bay, Polperro (10 min drive) – A steep cliff path, strong rip currents. Stunning Views. No facilities.
  • Par Sands (20 min drive) – Popular with Dog Owners. Parking, toilets and a shop/café.
  • Spit Beach – (25 min drive) Then a 10 minute walk from car park. Great for Dogs. No facilities.
  • Polridmouth Beach (40 min drive) – Then a 15 minute walk from car park through a farm. No facilities.

Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants Nearby

  • Lugger Inn, Polruan (2 min walk) – Come and sit in the lovely pub and enjoy the beautiful views from every window. Enjoy the warmth from the log burner and open fires for those chillier days.
  • The Ship Inn, Fowey (10 mins walk) – One of Foweys oldest buildings, built in 1570. Provides biscuits, water bowls, and an open fire for dogs in the winter.
  • Jubilee Inn (10 mins drive) – Groups of all types and sizes welcome to come and relax in the informal atmosphere in front of the log fire.
  • Earl of Chatham (25 mins drive) – This pub has a friendly atmosphere, delicious home cooked food, and serves St Austell award winning ales. Families, children, and dogs welcome.
  • Four Lords (35 mins drive) – A family run pub not too far from the Eden Project. Children and dogs very welcome.
  • Polgooth Inn (50 mins drive) – A friendly atmosphere with wholesome food. There’s plenty to drink in the gorgeous 16th century building, including cask ales and fine wines.

Dog Friendly Days Out In Cornwall

  • Cornwall’s Regimental Museum (35 min drive) – For dog lovers who love history too. Special events go on throughout the year!
  • Bodmin Moor (35 min drive) – Here you’ll find beautiful scenery and the opportunity to get away from the crowds. Amazing trails to follow.
  • Restormel Castle (30 min drive) – A great picnic spot with amazing views. Steeped in history!
  • Car Boot Sales (Bodmin 30 mins drive) – Cornwall has a number of great carboots, mainly during the summer months. Dogs are allowed to attend many of them. Check with the organiser before you go and pick up a unique souvenir!
  • Healey’s Cyder Farm (1hr drive) – Dogs are allowed in all outside areas on the farm, and you’ll find water bowls dotted around. The rest of the factory can have fun too, with a museum, tractor rides, and more.

One thing you certainly don’t need to worry about is finding accommodation for you and your dog(s). The Old Watch House is more than happy to accommodate responsible dog owners with well behaved dogs. You won’t need to compromise on luxury, as The Old Watch House is a gorgeous, luxury retreat in the heart of Cornwall.

Both you and your dog could enjoy what we have to offer, including stunning views, restaurants and shops close by, free wi-fi, private mooring, and more. Make it a holiday for the whole family!

Get in touch here to enquire about bringing your dog on your next holiday to Cornwall?



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