Dog friendly river cruises in Cornwall

dogriver4We’ve been contacted by the very dog friendly Real Cornwall river cruises who run luxury and bespoke dog and family friendly river cruises in and around the Fal and Helford rivers.

Andrew Long director of Real Cornwall has two office dogs, a black lab and a springer. “It was a natural development to make our cruises dog friendly,'” he says. “Not only do we have a ready supply of dog treats on board to distract our furry friends and let their owners relax a bit, but we also have 5 sizes of doggy lifejackets to keep them safe. Poppy our black lab really wasn’t impressed when she tried hers on, but she’ll have to get used to it!”

dogriver3The boat is Kernow Wir, (which means Real Cornwall), a stylish 25ft motor cruiser and can take up to 6 guests and one dog per cruise, with a fully qualified skipper and a host to look after the customers. The boat is fully commercially coded with all necessary safety equipment and brand new life jackets to fit all sizes from 6 months old upwards. And of course most sizes of dog!

As well as enjoying the beautiful scenery and the fascinating wildlife and river traffic, you also get to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as part of standard cruises. It’s all made locally; craft beers, lagers and ciders, wine from Bosue Vinyards at St Ewe, Helford Creek juices, locally blended tea from Cornish Tea and their very own blend of coffee, roasted in Penryn by coffee experts Olfactory. “We’re the best (and probably only!) floating barista on the South coast!” says Andrew

Customers can also upgrade to delicious food packages; a sumptuous breakfast spread, sharing platters for lunch or a classic afternoon tea. 

dogriver5“We go all the way up to Truro (tides permitting!), down to Falmouth, across to St Mawes, round to the Helford and up to Portscatho, so there’s always plenty to see and to enjoy,” says Andrew.

Of course a river cruise is beautiful when the weather is fine, but it’s also a great thing to do when it is a bit rainy, simply because you get to see so much wildlife, and because the boat is geared up for the great Cornish weather, with a clever and unique hard top roof that goes up and down hydraulically to shelter from the sun (or rain!). There are also roll down side screens and a cockpit heater and blankets, should it get a bit nippy.

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See more photos from the river cruises below