Dog Friendly Campsites in Cornwall
We are always getting phone calls from people wanting to come camping in Cornwall with their four-legged friends. The good news is more and more sites are now allowing dogs, and at the same time many of the attractions have taken the decision to let dogs in as well.
So, there’s never been a better time to head down to Cornwall with Fido, Spot and Rover, and here’s a few ideas about places to stay and things to do.
Tucked away down on the Roseland Peninsula on Cornwall’s south coast you'll find the lovely, tree-framed Veryan Campsite, run by the Camping and Caravanning Club. The South West Coast Path is a mile and a half from the site with local beaches, Carne and Pendower Beach within easy access. These beaches allow dogs all year round but must be on leads.
Heading east you will come to the pretty village of Gorran Haven which has a dog friendly beach and the fishing port of Mevagissey with plenty of restaurants and pubs. The mild climate in and around the Roseland Peninsula means plants flourish here. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, just up behind Mevagissey are dog friendly and offer plenty of long walks through sub-tropical plants.
In the other direction, to the west, is the sailing mecca of St Mawes. From this pretty fishing village, catch the ferry across to Falmouth. As well as great beaches, Falmouth offers the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle. There’s also a castle at St Mawes, if you don’t fancy the trip over the water.
The Camping and Caravanning Club have three other sites in Cornwall, all of which take dogs. They are at Bude, Newquay and Sennen Cove in the far west. This site is situated on the Land’s End peninsula, within a few miles of both the north and south coasts of Cornwall, with stunning sea views.
It’s a 25 minute walk from the campsite to Gwynver Beach, very popular with surfers and dog friendly. The energetic can walk along the coastal path to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point where, as well as spectacular scenery, there are family attractions, places to eat and a bus stop to avoid the walk back!
Beyond Land’s End you will find Porthcurno, where you can visit the Minack Theatre. At the Minack dogs are allowed in on leads during the day to look around but are not allowed (except for guide dogs) during any of the performances. Heading towards Penzance there are a selection of secluded fishing coves, including Penberth and Lamorna, the picture perfect Mousehole and its larger neighbour Newlyn, and of course St Michael’s Mount.
North from the campsite, a windy road leads through St. Just, Pendeen and Zennor towards St Ives. There are some excellent walks around the old mine workings near to Botallack and Geevor Mine, and for fans of Poldark you might even spot where things were filmed.
These are just two areas of Cornwall where dogs will enjoy their holiday just as much as you. To discover more dog friendly areas click here.