It’s official, I need to move to Cornwall!
Myself, Tilly, and the rest of the family packed into the car for the 4 hour drive (which turned into a 5 hour drive) to Cornwall’s south coast. We stayed in Penzance; Cornwall’s most westerly major town.
Penzance has an almost tropical feel to it, thanks to the Gulf Stream. The climate is mild and warm allowing plants to flourish, we even spotted palm trees! We sniffed out all the dog friendly beaches and attractions, read along for our top 7 recommendations in south west Cornwall.
First on the list. Land’s End. We couldn’t go all the way down to Cornwall without visiting the mainland’s most south-westerly point. The view did not disappoint, even with a thick haze on the horizon.
Unfortunately Land’s End has become a bit of a tourist trap. I was a little dissapointed at not being able to stand by the famous land mark sign for a photo, as you had to pay a photographer to do so!
If you’re planning on visiting, I recommend moving away from the (in my opinion) over-commercialised development and walking further down the coastal path.
We were rewarded with awesome views of the rocky crevices and the most stunning heather and other wildflowers. I kept Tilly on her lead with a firm grip, those cliffs are no joke!
Tilly was grateful for the little streams running down the cliffs, all this ‘touristing’ is thirsty work!
The same day we hopped along to visit The Minack Theatre. The world famous outdoor stage is nestled in the cliff-side above the Atlantic ocean and provides the most breathtaking views of Porthcurno Bay.
The Minack is also home to beautiful plant life. I’m a sucker for a succulent!
The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, and is one of the coolest places I’ve been to. Tilly ambled down the steep steps, even stopping to take photos with tourists who thought she was uber cute!
I definitely recommend getting a good sturdy harness for a holiday, as not all areas allow dogs off lead. Tilly pulls a little, and I didn’t want to spend the holiday correcting her somewhat questionable heeling abilities; a harness is much better for her little body. I bought ours from Hurtta.
Totally worth the entrance fee, seriously spectacular!
We were up early one day to explore the ancient village of Chysauster. After windy drive through country lanes we had a short steep walk up to the iron age settlement.
People lived here between the 1st and 3rd Centuries. It was pretty cool being able walk through the stone house remains. Even though they had a dogs on lead rule, Tilly still had a great time sniffing the whole way round and posing for some treats.
We had the site to ourselves, along with stunning panoramic views of Cornwall’s south coast and rolling hills.
Up next…Our best beach. Gwenver beach was a top find! A steep climb down the cliff-side to the sandy cove.
Gwenver (also known as Gwynver) is relatively unknown, but is popular with local surfers, and car parking was just £2 for the day. Getting there before 10am meant the cove was almost empty. Of course Tilly found a ball within 5 minutes of arriving, and obsessed over it all day.
The beach is perfect, with breathtaking views, soft sand and steep rocky cliffs stopping pooches from wondering too far.
Tilly had a marvellous time running on the sand during low tide, digging, as well as exploring rock pools.
The waves were just perfect for boogie boarding, us humans had a whale of a time! (see what I did there) I can’t recommend this beach enough, even if the climb back up the cliff is brutal!
Lizard Point. Having heard great things about The Lizard we couldn’t miss out on Great Britain’s most southerly point.
Managed by The National Trust, the site was an absolute pleasure. Fabulous views of Cornwall’s rocky coast, telescopes set up for looking at seals, and a cafe for cream teas!
After taking in the view, we ventured down to the beach below to dip our toes/paws in the water. Tilly enjoyed plucking seaweed from the ocean and bringing it to me to throw.
The cliffs were covered with a funky bright orange Dew Plant.
Another beach we loved was Upton Towans. I did get conflicting advice about whether it was dog friendly or not, but after some research and talking to our surfing instructor, I was happy to find dogs were allowed on some of the beach.
So much space to run about! After a dip in the VERY cold water, Tilly proceeded run about and cover herself in sand.
This vast sandy beach is backed with beautiful dunes and hosts some lovely views of St Ives Bay.
Our ‘doggie stake’ was a lifesaver. Tilly does enjoy investigating other people’s picnics which means I have my eye on her constantly. The stake is a ground anchor with a really long lead that means Tilly is able to sniff about, whilst us humans relax.
Last but not least, St Michael’s Mount. The castle has a fascinating history with ownership being traced back to 1250.
We were able to walk across the causeway during the low tide, and hopped on a boat to get back.
Just 500 metres off the mainland; the castle was once home to monks, and boasts impressive royal connections.
Dogs are allowed on the island and outer castle grounds, but not in the gardens. Tilly enjoyed the harbour whilst we took turns to have a poke around the sub-tropical gardens.
It was an extra fee to get into the gardens, but we were not dissapointed. It was a photographers dream! The garden is home to pretty purple agapanthus, agave and bright lavender. If only dogs were allowed in!
I hope you enjoyed this snapshot of our Cornish getaway, I already want to go back!
Have you visited Cornwall? Did you find any dog friendly activities? Let me know with a comment,
Amy & Tilly
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