There’s no need to leave your canine companion at home when you take a holiday in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Flaunting a fusion of beaches, coastal trails and woodland for walkies, plenty of dog-friendlycottages, and an array of pet-friendly attractions, pubs and restaurants, it’s the ideal destination for a dog-friendly break.
Here is some inspiration for dog-friendly things to do in Falmouth.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in and around Falmouth
Surrounded by pretty coves and sandy beaches, Falmouth beckons beach lovers and their dogs to its shores. Gyllynvase has a dog ban between May 15th and September 30th, between the hours of 10am and 6pm , and Swanpool, Maenporth and Castle Beach have dog restrictions in place between 10am – 6pm in July and August. Beyond the town’s main beaches, there are plenty of sandy pockets where dogs are welcome year-round – such as Durgan beach on the Helford River and some beautiful beaches on the Roseland Peninsula, including Carne, Pendower and Porthcurnick.
Dog-Friendly Walks in and around Falmouth
Aside from its beaches, Falmouth is home to mile-upon-mile of walking trails where your four-legged friend can snuffle through undergrowth, bound along water’s edge paths and roam across rolling countryside.
While Swanpool Beach restricts dogs in peak season, park beside its shores and head inland on a 4.5-mile loop around its wildlife-rich lagoon, then deep into woodland and the Swanvale Nature Reserve.
Another favourite dog walk hugs the coast from Pendennis Point to Maenporth Beach, taking you from pearly beaches to lofty vantage points, and there are plenty of dog-friendly beach cafés on route if
you get peckish. Carry on past Maenporth and you’ll find a few secret coves and magical woodland paths leading all the way to the banks of the Helford River.
Hop on the ferry from Falmouth to Flushing, and strike out along the other side of the Fal River on a two-hour trot to Mylor, and enjoy staggering views of the Carrick Roads from Trefusis
Head. Just a few miles from Falmouth, you can strike out along the 10-mile Coast-to-Coast trail from Devoran, crossing World Heritage Mining territory on off-road trails all the way to Portreath.
Dog-Friendly Attractions in Falmouth
Basking in a sub-tropical climate, Falmouth is home to plenty of garden wonderlands that you can explore with your hound at your heels. Behind the sandy stretch of Gyllyngvase beach, retreat to the sub-tropical haven of Queen Mary Gardens, and footsteps from the vibrant town centre take a twirl around Fox Rosehill Gardens, planted with species brought back by sea captains.
You can tunnel through bamboo and giant gunnera to discover a sublime sandy beach at Trebah Garden, and explore the winding woodland trails of the National Trust’s Trelissick along the banks of the upper Fal estuary.
Dogs go free aboard all the Fal River Ferries from Falmouth harbour, so you can even get to the latter by boat, as well as castaway to all sorts of other waterside havens including St Mawes and Flushing.
Once protecting the world’s third largest harbour, the mighty fortress of Pendennis Castle commands a stunning location overlooking Falmouth Bay, and dogs are welcome to join you as you step into the grounds and scenes of bygone battles. Its neighbour, St Mawes Castle sits on the facing headland and is easily accessible by ferry, too.
If you don’t mind keeping your dog on a lead, enjoy pretty walks along the Helford Estuary and get up close to all sorts of animals including seals, sea lions and penguins at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in nearby Gweek.
And while a theme park might not be your dog’s top day out, if you’re family is hankering for white- knuckle rollercoasters and the thrills and spills of rides and amusements, dog are welcome to join you at Flambards in nearby Helston.
Dog-Friendly Pubs and Restaurants in Falmouth
Hot on the heels of Padstow as one of Cornwall’s top foodie destinations, Falmouth boasts plenty of places to tuck into finger-licking dishes with your four-legged friend at your feet. Arguably the
best place to hang out with your hound is the stylish Gylly Beach Cafe, where you can lounge under a heater on the covered decking, watching the waves and sampling seafood, bakery treats
and local ales.
You can’t visit Cornwall without trying locally caught fish and chips, and Falmouth’s Harbour Lights allows dogs into one of not just the region’s, but the UK’s, finest fish and chip restaurants. Fill your
boots with Cornish pub classics and local ales at the waterfront Working Boat, where four-legged friends are heartily welcomed. If you fancy an adventure, castaway to the Roseland and seek out the Hidden Hut for alfresco
dining on Carne Beach, or whatever the weather, you can hunker inside or bask on the quay at the paw-friendly Pandora Inn, nestled on the Carrick Roads.