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Our dog-friendly guide to Cornwall

The St Michaels crew have been sharing their best tips on what you can do whilst in Cornwall with your pooch. Our insider info for canine cruising also includes driving times to the destinations.

Trebah Gardens – 15 minutes FROM HOTEL

These fantastic gardens are rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world and present a sub-tropical paradise. Dogs are allowed on leads, and are treated to the extra surprise of a secluded beach on the Helford River with views out to the Cornish sea – the perfect chance for your dog to have a sneaky swim! The Planters Cafe also allows dogs in the covered outside seating area, the ideal end to the day out. 20mins from hotel

Mawnan Smith – 15 minutes AWAY

Many of the footpaths around Mawnan Smith lead you down wooded valleys to small and deserted stony beaches. Our favourite is the Carwinnion circular walk encompassing woods, fields and coastal footpath.

Mullion Cove – 40 minutes AWAY

Take a walk to the southernmost point of mainland Britain – Lizard Point. Starting at the picturesque Mullion Cove, walk along the cliffs of the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula, past some beautiful sheltered coves, to Lizard Point. There are plenty of beaches along the way (and a number of pubs to enjoy too!)


Minack Theatre – an hour AWAY

The world-famous Minack Theatre allows dogs with leads during the day and with miles of coastal paths to explore nearby, it makes a great day out for you and your four-legged friend.

Kennal Vale Nature Reserve – 10 minutes AWAY

Kennal Vale is a hidden valley, lying in the countryside just outside of Falmouth in the village of Ponsanooth. It’s a tranquil and serene place to have a quiet walk and is very popular with dog walkers.

The Camel Trail – an hour AWAY

Explore the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line on the north coast. The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west. Our favourite stretch is the 5 miles from Wadebridge to Padstow – we love to stop for a well earned spot of lunch in Padstow before walking back.

Gyllyngvase to Swanpool – 1 minute walk

Starting at Gyllyngvase Beach, take the coastal path south towards Swanpool. Great fun for your dog – exploring the beaches, rockpools and grassy hills – while you get to enjoy the views and gentle walk. During the summer months keep off the beaches but enjoy the beautiful views, paths and grass areas instead.

Trelissick Gardens – 20 minutes AWAY

Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary and nestled in no less than 375-acres of parkland and woodland, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping views. Dogs can run free in the woodland and there’s the extra treat of a small beach at the bottom, ideal for a doggie dip!

St Mawes – 40 minutes AWAY

Take the Ferry from Falmouth to St Mawes and enjoy the walk up to the castle and round the headland. Enjoy the breathtaking views from St Mawes Castle while you and your four-legged friend take a relaxing stroll around the grounds.

Pendennis Point – 10 minute walk

Walk along the seafront past Gyllyngvase and Castle Beach, and follow the road around the point. Enjoy the views of the Lizard, St Antony lighthouse and St Mawes, whilst passing Pendennis Castle. As an extra special treat indulge in an ice-cream on the way!


Dog Friendly Beaches

The following beaches on our doorstep in Falmouth allow dogs from 1st October until Easter:

Gyllyngvase Beach
Maenporth Beach
Swanpool Beach
Castle Beach

During the summer months when dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches, the grass area between Swanpool and Gyllyngvase offers the perfect dog friendly running patch.

Our favourite year-round beaches

There are many beaches within Cornwall which allow dogs all year-round, but here’s a list of our favourite ones:

Polgwidden Beach – 20 minutes away
Loe Beach – 25 minutes
Perranporth Beach (Dogs on leads from July until Sept 10am – 5pm) – 40 minutes
Porthcurnick Beach – 40 minutes
Mexico Towans – 45 minutes
Porthoustock – 50 minutes
Holywell Bay – 50 minutes
Kennack Sands – 50 minutes
Gwenver – an hour away
Gorran Haven – an hour away


PSST! Dog Friendly Gardens

Enys, Penryn – 10 minutes from hotel
Trelissick Garden – 20 minutes from hotel
Penjerrick Garden, near Falmouth – 10 minutes from hotel
Carwinion Garden – 15 minutes from hotel
Lanterns, Mylor Bridge – 15 minutes from hotel
Trewithen Gardens – 30 minutes from hotel
Caerhays Castle Garden – 50 minutes from hotel
Bosahan Garden, Helston – 50 minutes from hotel
Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance – 50 minutes from hotel
Boconnoc Gardens – an hour from hotel


Dogs on leads welcome at the following:

National Seal Sanctuary – 30 minutes AWAY

The National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is one of the few animal attractions in the UK that welcomes dogs on leads throughout the grounds. Regular feeding times and woodland walks along the Helford Estuary will appeal to the whole family.

Pendennis Castle – 10 minutes

Pendennis Castle offers magnificent views of Falmouth and the Fal Estuary, with its large grounds it is a great place to take your dog.

Minack Theatre – an hour

The world-famous Minack Theatre allows dogs with leads during the day and with miles of coastal paths to explore nearby, it makes a great day out.

St Mawes Castle – 40 minutes

Take in the breathtaking views from St Mawes Castle while you and your four legged friend take a relaxing stroll around the grounds. St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses.

Healeys Cornish CYder Farm – 30 minutes

Visit the largest Cornish Cider maker in Cornwall and the only distillers making Cider Brandy and Fruit spirits.  See how they make over forty varieties of delicious fruit products including farm scrumpy, sparkling cyder, country wines, jam, chutneys and spirits.

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