The beauty of having a dog in Cornwall is that there are plenty of places to take them that they will love and that won’t cost you a penny. With half term looming, however, the kids are unlikely to be content with a run on the beach or through the woods every day. We thought we would bring you a selection of fantastic dog friendly places to take them that don’t have to break the bank.
This often overlooked glorious gateway to the south of the county should be on everyone’s ‘must visit’ list. With views of Cawsand Bay on one side and Whitsand Bay on the other, Mount Edgcumbe is akin to a doggy paradise. A variety of formal gardens sit among more open spaces, providing something of a gardening history with the Edgcumbe family’s original 16th century garden and all its subsequent additions leading up the most recent Black Bee Reserve. Best of all, it is open every day of the year and entrance to the grounds is free. Stop for a snack at the very dog friendly Stables Cafe in the heart of the delightful Barrow Centre and make the most of your time there with our walk around Mount Edgcumbe. Kids and dogs alike are pretty much guaranteed a great time.
This much-loved working farm nestled on the south east side of the Lizard Peninsula is free to visit and offers a lot for the little ones to see, from the animals dotted around the site to leisurely walks around the ponds. There’s a little tractor to play on and you can watch the farm’s award-winning ice cream being made in the parlour – this year they are even launching a flavour for dogs. As long as your four-legged friends are kept on leads, it is fine for them to be by your side while seeing the animals. They are also welcome in the Croust House restaurant where you can try some of the delicious ice cream flavours for yourself.
This half term, come rain or shine, there is plenty to do for kids at this dog-friendly attraction based just off the A30 in Pool, a couple of miles from Redruth. There are exhibitions and art installations around the site to catch the eye and botanical gardens to explore but, let’s be honest, the kids will be itching to make the most of the south west’s largest FREE adventure playground which takes centre stage towards the front of the site. Once they’re suitably exhausted, enjoy a bite to eat in the very dog friendly Red River Cafe.
With a new film (The Kid Who Would Be King) featuring a modern day Merlin and Morgana in cinemas this half term, 2019 is set to be a good year for the home of King Arthur in Tintagel. Tintagel Castle itself may cost to enter but there is just as much magic to discover outside of the site. Head down the path past the castle entrance to the dog friendly Tintagel Haven beach, otherwise known as Merlin’s Cove, and let the imagination run free. Or see if you can spot some of the places in town that are featured in the film. There’s an array of dog friendly stop-offs along the main street including The Cornishman Inn and the charming Ye Olde Malthouse Inn.
Another working farm that doubles as a great attraction is Trevaskis Farm, just outside Hayle. Though it may be too early in February half term to pick your own – a great reason to visit in the summer months – there’s still animals to see and maybe a chance to see a piglet or even an early spring lamb. There are well-thought out picnic areas amid the gardens or you can grab a snack in the thriving farm shop or restaurant next door. Dogs welcome everywhere apart from inside the restaurant.