Dog Friendly Guide To West Cornwall
West Cornwall is by far my favourite area to visit. From the rugged coastline, the isolated villages and the unbeatable rural views. It’s a landscape that holds so many stories, engages so many questions and despite being at the end of the earth, always feels like home. Here’s my guide to West Cornwall, where everywhere included allows you to bring the whole family, two legged and four.
Lady Oakley is a spot for the glampers; those looking to immerse in the landscape and try something completely different. This converted horse bus is based near Zennor, a spot that you’ll later read about and an incredible place to visit. The horse bus comes complete with a day bed, cosy kitchen, wood burner and separate bathroom facilities.
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For couples, Streamside Mill is a gorgeous barn conversion. With a perfect mix of original features and modern amenities, Streamside is based near Sennen to give you the best start every morning, to head out to the coastline and take your furry friend for their morning walk on the finest coastal path.
For a larger group or if you just want more space, this incredible cottage sleeps four and, I think it’s fair to say, those views do all the talking! A charming cottage in one of Cornwall’s most beautiful villages, Mousehole, Coastguard Cottage will have you fighting between staying in and enjoying the cosiness of the interiors or heading out and spending all day strolling the unbeatable lanes of Mousehole.
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Lands End is one of the most popular places to start any visit to West Cornwall. Crowned the most South Westerly point of the UK, the area is now buzzing with tourist attractions from gift shops, visitor centres, restaurants and more. The site itself is dog friendly, although they aren’t allowed into all the attractions. My best advise to you, is to park at Lands End, spot the sign from afar to tick off that bucket list, and then head away from the bustle. Follow the coastal path to the left and search out Enys Dodman Rock, you can continue this walk to Nanjizal which is a dog friendly beach and I’ll show you that a little later!
Porthcurno is a postcard perfect beach with fine white sand, crystal clear waters and sided by rocky coastline. Always a popular beach in the summer season, there is a seasonal dog ban but they’re allowed on the beach until 1st July and after the 31st August. There’s a car park a short stroll away from the beach and it’s another great place to start a coastal path walk. On the right hand side, you’ll find Minack Theatre carved into the cliff side so it’s a great day to incorporate the two.
Pedn Vounder is that beach, the one you have probably seen photos of all over the place, and you’re yet to pin down where exactly it is. Well, it’s in West Cornwall! A short walk along the coastal path from the aforementioned Porthcurno, and accessed directly from the quaint village of Treen, Pedn Vounder was once a best kept secret, but secrets this beautiful are never kept secret for long! This beach is dog friendly all year however it is a little trek down so agile dogs only here!
Porthgwarra is rugged West Cornwall at it’s finest; a tiny little cove with Italian summer vibes. With a sloping stone access to a beautiful cove, there’s a handful of cottages here and a pretty cafe to enjoy. A true gem to stumble upon and to enjoy, if you’re lucky enough to spend a morning here, swimming in the sea and taking it all in with no one around, it’s a memory that will never leave you. Truly magical!
Nanjizal is something special. Known as the ‘Song of the Sea Cave’ this hidden cove is only accessible by foot and boasts the wonderful natural architecture of the thin slit between the rocks. Timing it perfectly to catch the sun glisten through the hole is close to magic. As the beach is not accessible by car, with no road access or nearby car park, you will need to plan a visit from a neighbouring location such as Lands End or Porthgwarra.
Botallack is a breathtaking part of the coastline with so much history. The epicentre of the Cornish mining history along this stretch, known as the ‘Tin Coast’, you can find a visitors centre, walk amongst the ruins and extend further along this coastal stretch.
Minack Theatre is a true sight to behold, it’s hard to appreciate the intricacy without seeing it in the flesh. A cliff side theatre which was carved into the stone by a lady named Rowena, you can visit the theatre and take in not only the incredible feat, but also the amazing views down to Porthcurno and out to sea. Dogs are permitted to visit with you but they’re not allowed in for performances.
Jubilee Pool in Penzance is an incredible spot to visit. This lido is the largest sea water pool in the UK, boasting a geothermal section which is heated to 35 degrees and a fresh sea water section for those who are a bit more daring. Jubilee Pool allows dogs to the cafe only but if you’re visiting in the Autumn, October 30th is their designated dog day which means that dogs are allowed to enjoy the main pool for the day – how wonderful!
Cape Cornwall is another great place to visit and is dog friendly all year round. There’s a car park right above the cove or you can visit St Just and take a walk from the village to enjoy the area. It’s a lovely spot to roam and imagine the history here, start or end a coastal path walk and there’s a tidal pool if you’re feeling like some salt water therapy.
Zennor is a place that feels like home every single time I visit. It’s an isolated village with a wild landscape and a sense of freedom. With an abundance of places to walk, a lovely pub for lunch or dinner and the best ice cream in the land, Moomaid of Zennor is based here with a gorgeous parlour serving through the day for drinks, snacks and post walk treats.
The pretty village of Marazion; a short walk from Penzance and home to the famous St Michaels Mount. The village offers quaint shops, cafes and streets to wander amongst. The beach here does have a dog ban but only during July and August, during the hours of 10 – 6pm, you’re free to take your dog for a wander along here outside of these hours! St Michaels Mount is dog friendly from October – end of March where they are allowed on the island however you are not permitted to take them inside the castle or gardens.
Penzance is one of the spots in West Cornwall which will offer you the most to do. From wandering the streets of boutique stores, dipping into the cafes and food spots, enjoying the promenade and making the most of the amusements. The train line terminates here in Penzance and if you’re travelling without a car, you can walk from here to Marazion or catch a bus for a short travel over to Mousehole or Newlyn.
45 Queen Street in Penzance is a converted warehouse into a cool food spot to enjoy lunch, dinner and/or drinks. They’re dog friendly and even have their own cute pooches guarding the door!
Another cool spot in Penzance is Artist Residence; a boutique hotel and restaurant. They have inside seating or a garden shack to enjoy the fresh air as you eat.
One of my favourite spots is The Rockpool Cafe in Mousehole. This cute-as-a-button spot offers sea views and cosy indoor seating, serving a delicious array of lunch options. They are dog friendly and have outside seating if you wish to stay outside with your furry friend. The village of Mousehole does also welcome dogs but the harbour and beach are not dog friendly.
The best part of visiting West Cornwall, is sampling the legendary Moomaid of Zennor ice-cream. When in Zennor, St Just or St Ives, you’ll find their parlours and the beautiful spot in Zennor village is dog friendly. They serve their ice cream sundaes as well as other lunch options.
The Gurnards Head is that big yellow building you’ve driven past – and it’s a stunning dog friendly pub. With a beautiful menu across lunch and dinner, and moments from the stunning Zennor coastline, it’s a must visit on any West Cornwall trip.
There’s so much to see and do in West Cornwall, which is why it’s a brilliant place to base yourself. Staying in one the beautiful places that Classic Cottages offers, means you can be up as the sunrises to take in nature awakening and still have all the hours in the day to explore all there is to see.