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Cool things to do with your dog in Cornwall


Rover is always welcome at Merchant House but if you want to explore Cornwall with your four-legged friend it can be tricky to find places to go, so here are our favourite dog-friendly places in Cornwall for you to rove around to your hearts’ content.

Learn to fly

We’ve not met a dog yet who doesn’t love zooming up and down the the huge sand dunes at Crantock beach. In fact half the time, they come down so fast they look like they’re about to take off! This gorgeous National Trust beach is dog friendly all year round. It’s right on the South West Coast Path too, so you can explore the cliffs either side, or spend the whole day on the beach relaxing while Rover tires himself out in the dunes, or trying to dig to Australia, before cooling off in the River Gannel that runs alongside.

Find the Gruffalo

Cardinham woods, just a short drive down the A30, is a gorgeous mixed woodland with four different trails to explore. It can be quite hilly in places, but the spectacular views are worthy rewards, and there is plenty of space for rover to run free and explore (not to mention muddy streams to swim in!) There is a children’s play area and a Gruffalo trail to keep the little ones entertained too. The onsite Woods Cafe does a cracking lunch and ginormous slabs of cake, with special posts to attach Rover to and plenty of dog bowls.

Go to a tea party

It’s not that close to us in Truro, but it’s such a great day out that we thought it deserved a mention. Every May the Dog Festival and Whippets Tea Party at the wonderful Port Eliot are a must on the canine calendar. Hosted by resident pups Roo and Lark, there are plenty of stalls, yummy food (for humans and dogs) and a treasure hunt. All dogs are welcome, you don’t have to be a whippet to attend! In fact Port Eliot is dog friendly all year round, they’re even allowed in their delightful Long Gallery Tea Room.

Explore Cornwall’s mining history

If Rover is feeling particularly full of beans, why not treat him to a bike ride along the Bissoe trail (you’ll be riding the bikes though of course, Rover will be running along in front!). The 11-mile coast-to-coast trail runs from Devoran on the south coast to Portreath on the north coast across Cornwall’s narrowest point… so you can literally travel across Cornwall in one day. Hire bikes from Bike Chain Bissoe Bike Hire on 01872 870341, or visit their website. The trail is shared between cyclists, walkers and horse riders, and crosses a couple of roads so bear this in mind if Rover is off the lead.

Slap up dinner

Just five minutes walk from Merchant House at the top of Lemon Street, you can treat yourselves to some seriously good food while Rover curls up under your table in front of the fire. The Thomas Daniell pub is a firm favourite amongst dog-owners, with dogs welcome in the bar all day long. This cosy gastropub is renowned for its fine-dining-esque cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

Book your dog-friendly holiday with us today!

We love dogs at Merchant House. Rover can stay for free and is welcome to join you in the lounge whilst you enjoy your complimentary cuppa and homemade cake. Don’t worry we’ve got dog treats too! He can even come for breakfast with you during the last fifteen minutes of service. Book your dog-friendly break in Cornwall today, we’ll get the dog treats ready!