A long Cornish weekend…

Hi folks, welcome back for another blog post 📝

Tilly and I have just returned from a splendid few days in the west country with friends. I thought I’d document our dog friendly finds in a blog post, as I know many of you holiday in this part of the country, and like myself, are always on the hunt for places to eat, relax, and explore with your pooch.

We were thrilled to share the trip with our poodle bestie, Pixel (and her doting humans). Her first time in Cornwall! What a treat!

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Booking a trip in September was perfect, as we were just outside of the main tourist season, but with the beauty of having the decent weather from the tail-end of summer.


Our home away from home

We stayed in a cute dog friendly property just to the East of Hayle, in West Cornwall. The owners had done really well to maximize space, thanks to an open plan kitchen/lounge with an exposed beam ceiling, and an extra loft bedroom.

We were rather lucky with the weather, but we did have a couple of rainy/windy nights, so it felt lovely to snuggle up in the loft room. If you know Tilly, you’ll know she’s somewhat of a bed connoisseur.. this one is Tilly approved.. in fact she took herself off to bed several times during our stay! 😴

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Dog friendly rating ★★★★

Pros:

  • Spacious, open plan mezzanine
  • Enclosed garden
  • Most floor is stone, so mucky paw-prints (and the rest 😉) are easy to clean
  • Outside warm shower

Cons:

  • The loft bedroom is accessed by slightly creaky stairs with minimal banisters.. which could be a risk for less sensibly minded dogs!
  • £25 per dog per stay

Out & about

Angarrack Inn 🍻

After a 5 hour trip, we arrived in Cornwall a little weary. The Angarrack Inn was only a 5 minute drive, and was perfectly cosy. The dogs took advantage of the carpet, and turned into proper pub dogs… asleep!

Dog friendly rating ★★★★★

Vegan rating ★★★★ (My Ratatouille was delicious, my only request would be a vegan desert menu, although the staff were kind enough to put together a fruity presentation)


Gwithian Towans Beach ⛱

A short drive away. The beach has a dog friendly section, with all open to dogs after 7pm.

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It really is a fantastic beach, vast stretches of soft sand with views of dunes, rocky out coves, and St Ives Bay.

We made sure to catch a sunset.. which was probably my highlight of the trip. Just stunning!

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Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ (plenty of parking, and dog waste bins)


Godrevy walk & cafe 🐾☕️

For all of us, this was a new place to explore. The walk is wonderfully varied with grassy headland, dunes, and dramatic cliff side views out to Godrevy lighthouse and St Ives Bay.

The National Trust’s website is really helpful for navigating this walk.

We were lucky enough to spot seals (about 30 of them) playing in the water, and relaxing on the beach below. Dolphins have eluded me so far, but I live in hope!

The Godrevy Cafe is the perfect place for a post walk bite to eat, and was a very popular spot. Dog’s are not allowed in the upstairs, and most of the seating was outside, which worked well as we had glorious weather.. Tilly’s only grievance was the wasp population…

Dog friendly rating ★★★★

Vegan rating ★★★★ (there were a couple of options on the menu, and even a jar of vegan treats!)


Marazion & The Godolphin Arms 🏰

A flying visit to Marazion was a must. The views to St Michael’s Mount and across the Bay were stunning at sunset.

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Although the dogs weren’t allowed in the beach, there is a park where they can run around.

This was definitely a restaurant, though the name suggests otherwise. The website states dogs are welcome.. however this sign seem to emit a message more of tolerance!

They really have the best spot in Marazion, the views across Penzance Bay, and over to St Michael’s Mount are unrivaled.

Dog friendly rating ★★★

Vegan rating ★★★ (my food was really tasty, but would have been nice to have more than one option)


Sennen Cove to Land’s End ⛰🌼

A favourite walk of ours, personally I think the best way to experience the most South-Westerly Point. You get awesome views out to sea, alongside dramatic cliffs and pretty fauna.

A very accessible route; the walk is 1 and 1/4 miles to Land’s End, and the same to walk back.

One of the drawbacks of cliff-side walking is the danger aspect. Wanting no accidents, both Tilly and Pixel spent the majority of this walk on hands free leads. They still enjoyed the stroll, and made sure to stop us humans for sniff time.

Dog friendly rating ★★★★


Gwynver Beach🐚

If you view our stories over on our Instagram, you may recognise this one. A frequent destination whenever we are down in Cornwall, Gwenver/Gwynver is a hidden gem.

The parking can be a little hair-raising, but the view from the top is unparalleled!

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Access is via steep steps, and you are met with stunning white sand, shallow clear water (when the tide is out), backed by stunning rock formations.

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I could go on and on about this place, I’ll let these photos of the girls having the time of their lives to do the talking.

Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ (The beach itself is enclosed, poo bins at the top)


Cafe Dog & Rabbit 🍵🍴

Our hunt for dog friendly spots quickly found us this rather appropriate named eatery in the small town of St Just.

Filled with quirky art and furniture, this cosy cafe has a menu with options for all. The staff were very welcoming to the dogs, and very accommodating to plant based requests.

I had an amazing “full vegan” breakfast!

Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ 

Vegan rating ★★★★★ 


St Erth to St Ives 🚂

Our final day included a flying visit to St Ives, a lovely coastal town which is packed with cute shops and eateries, and holiday lets.

I recommend getting the train here, it’s such a pretty route, and you get to avoid navigating narrow (tourist packed) St Ives streets.

Thankfully the tide was out during our visit, so we squeezed in one last dog friendly beach stop.

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Dog friendly rating ★★★★★ (most shops are dog friendly, and often leave out water bowls)

Vegan friendly rating ★★★★★ (there are lots of places that cater vegan in St Ives)


Thank you for reading all about our latest trip 🐾 where are you travelling to next? I’d love suggestions!

Amy & Tilly

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