Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall

Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall

Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall

Dog friendly holidays in Cornwall are abundant, thanks to Cornwall being one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the UK. Our miles upon miles of accessible coastline, by way of the South West Coast Path, provides some of the most breathtaking dog walks you’re ever likely to experience. Not to mention the myriad pubs, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs that welcome dogs with open arms and plenty of treats. Here at Slickers we want you to have the best stay possible when exploring our little county, so below we have outlined a few dog-friendly spots to add to your itinerary. 

Day One

Cornwall is lucky to be home to a selection of some truly beautiful National Trust gardens, most of which allow dogs on leads. If you are based near Penzance then we recommend Trengwainton. If you are further north then gardens like Glendurgan, Trelissick, Lanhydrock and Pencarrow are just a handful of gardens across the Duchy that are well worth a visit. You can explore the National Trust website for information on which gardens have top-rated dog facilities. 



We know that lots of people that have dogs enjoy walking too, as the two go hand in hand! However, sometimes our pooches can’t keep up; perhaps they are getting a little too old, or have had an injury. At Slickers we are on hand to kit you out with the dog stroller you’ve been missing. We know you don’t want to leave your four-legged friend behind when you travel, even if it’s just for the day, and now you don’t have to! 

You’ll be happy to know that most of these gardens are also home to a wonderful cafe, some of which even serve doggy ice cream, so the whole family can enjoy a little treat after a long day exploring the verdant, full-bloom landscapes offered by these gardens.  

Day Two

We previously mentioned our marvellous South West Coast Path. If you aren’t tired from a day exploring the forests and woodlands, day two is the day for that wild open ocean to blow away the cobwebs. Wherever you are staying in Cornwall, you won’t be far from the coast. That’s 630 miles of dog walks to choose from, ranging from easy to advanced, depending on what you’re looking for. You can find out more here.


South West Coast Path


While there are many marvellous cafes and pubs to enjoy along the SWCP route, we know that it can be an hour or two between rest stops. With this in mind, don’t forget to stock up on our doggy sunscreen, because protecting yourself and your pup from the sun’s rays is important when out walking the coast path. 

If you’re walking out to the west of Cornwall, then we recommend visiting The Honey Pot in Penzance, West Beach on Porthmeor in St Ives, and The Ship Inn in Porthleven. If you’re further north, then why not stop by The Hidden Hut at Portscatho, The Fistral Beach Bar in Newquay, or the Cracking Crab at the delightful beach of Polzeath, near Padstow. These are just a few of the many dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants serving up some well earned grub on your expeditions around Cornwall.

Day Three

After two whole days of exciting adventures, we think a day at the beach might be in order. There are so many to choose from, a whole list of which can be found here. These are dog friendly all year round, meaning you don’t have to come to Cornwall in the off-season just to enjoy a day at the beach! If you are planning a little R&R with your four-legged friends, then why not opt in for one of our doggy beach shelters


Dogs enjoying themselves on the beach


In the summer months, especially across Cornwall, temperatures can rise more than you think. Whilst dipping in the sea every so often may keep you cool, it’s important to consider the shade, for you and your dog. Our doggy beach shelters are the perfect accompaniment to any beach day out, ensuring your pup is safe from the heat!

Day Four

Here in Cornwall we are lucky to have so many quaint little towns and villages at our disposal. Rich in history, these towns are a sight to behold, so let’s dive into some of our favourites. If you’re out west, then St Ives is a must-visit. While you’re there, why not stop by the Harbour View House for a coffee before taking a stroll through the famous cobblestone streets that make up this historic town. Newlyn and Mousehole are on the south coast, near Penzance. Exploring these tiny little fishing villages is a great way to spend the day, especially when dining at The Old Coastguard, as their menu and stunning views across the sea are well worth a visit. 


Mevagissey harbour in all its glory!


If you are on the north coast, then why not the famous fishing village of Port Isaac? Fans of the TV series Doc Martin are regulars to this little spot on the north Cornish coast, but even those who aren’t should pay it a visit, as it’s one of the last remaining villages that hasn’t changed much over the years. While you’re there, pop into The Golden Lion pub, and you and your dog will feel right at home. 

All this walking in busy, populated areas can be a little daunting if you’ve got a smaller dog. Here at Slickers we understand this all too well. That’s why our Slickers Slings are perfect for picking up your pooch, keeping them safe, and keeping your hands free!

Day Five

We think it’s time to relax, don’t you? Luckily, here in Cornwall, there are almost too many dog-friendly properties, hotels, and B&Bs to choose from! Wherever you find yourself, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy the surroundings, and endeavour to find a place with a little outdoor space.


Dog enjoying playing on the grass


In every town, village or hamlet across the Duchy, you aren’t far from a little green space, a patch of rolling green hills, or a shaded cove or two. For your pooch especially, all that walking can be tiresome, especially when it’s hot outside. If last summer was anything to go by, some days it may even be too hot to embark on an adventure! If this is the case, grab yourself a KeepCool Dog Coat from our selection, and ensure your dog is staying out of the sunshine. Finding shade under a tree in the park, complete with your cooled dog coat, a good book, and some snacks for the two of you is the perfect way to unwind on the last day of your holiday. 


Padstow Harbour


Our Slickers shop is located in Padstow – a bustling, popular town on the north Cornish coast. In-store you will find all of the goods mentioned above and lots more besides, so if you find yourself caught short this holiday season, fear not! Dog friendly holidays needn't be stressful and our expert team of dog lovers are always on hand to help when you and your pup need it the most. Visiting us in-store is a great way to equip yourself with all that you need for the best dog-friendly experience. Take a look at our website for our opening times, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry friends soon.

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