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Welcome … Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of Dog Friendly Cornwall magazine. To help you enjoy the county at this time of year when it is arguably at its prettiest, we have some walks where you can enjoy some spectacular bluebell displays in parks and estates where your dog is welcome. Dog Friendly Cornwall is all about celebrating the finest places that welcome you and your canine companions, and so whether you want to plan a holiday, a weekend away, or you’re just looking for somewhere special to enjoy lunch or a cream tea, we’ve listed some of our favourite Cornish hotels overlooking the sea. We’ve also put together a guide for foodies who want to enjoy the county’s culinary offerings with their pet in tow. As we write, we’re also putting the finishing touches to our new, improved guide to the best beaches in Cornwall which are dog friendly all year round — this is our selection of the safest, sandiest, most accessible beaches, and a few with some fascinating stories or quirky features such as sea pools or smuggler’s caves. Email us or order via our website if you would like a copy. For our summer issue, we’re also planning a comprehensive guide to all things dog friendly in Cornwall to help you plan some summer adventures, and which we hope you can keep on hand all year round. Wishing you and your dogs many happy days together exploring Cornwall.

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Contents... 3 Welcome 6

On The Scent...Cornwall’s dog news


TOWN GUIDE: Discover dog friendly Polperro

14 A Doggy Day Out 16 Dog friendly hotels by the sea 22 PAW PATROL: The Beach Guardian and her dog are on a mission 25 Dog friendly gardens around Cornwall 29 News from The Last Chance Hotel 30 Dog friendly bluebell walks 39 A foodie’s guide to great dog friendly eateries 42 A dog friendly weekend at Landal Gwel an Mor at Portreath 44 TREATS: Shopping for beach loving dogs

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A project at Truro Crown Court has seen dogs playing a vital part in helping witnesses in traumatic cases to feel calmer before they give evidence. The dogs visit the courthouse three times each week to comfort witnesses. Experts say that being able to pet a dog can help witnesses to feel calmer and less stressed before they have to speak in court and this can be particularly valuable for children in abuse cases who are often so traumatized they find they cannot speak at all. This is the first project of its kind in a crown court and the results so far have been described by a judge as ‘miraculous’.

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The team at Doggy Day Care in Hayle who recently opened the Natural Cornish Pet Shop have just launched their very own natural cold-pressed dog food. Made using all natural British ingredients, Aflora was launched on their online shop this March. “Using our knowledge as dog day care specialists combined with owning the Natural Cornish Pet Shop full of products by the best UK natural food producers, Jordan and I set about filling a gap in the market based on the needs of our very own big gold dog,” says Katy Peck, company co-founder. “It’s part of our job to scrutinise ingredient labels and we’re constantly gaining a better understanding of what dog food contains. We wanted something to suit our own dog and so we developed our own recipe, avoiding all that’s nasty in many high street brands and instead opting for simpler, more wholesome alternatives.” Find out more at naturalcornishpet.co.uk


In response to popular demand, our next issue, distributed free of charge to outlets all around Cornwall will be our Dog Friendly Cornwall Guide Book. If you want to have a handy guide of dog friendly places to eat, shop, visit and explore, you’ll find it all in our new guide and we’re also relaunching our popular website.

As always, we draw heavily on the comments of our 20,000 plus social media followers for suggestions of what to put in the guide. Dog friendly businesses which we consider to be worthy of inclusion can have a standard listing for free. Our advertisers and those many wonderful businesses who support us and enable us to produce the magazines, website and guides will receive more coverage. If you’d like to be included, or nominate a dog friendly business to go into the guide, please email us at hello@dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk or comment on our Facebook page @dogfriendlycornwall.

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Polperro is the epiphany of Cornish charm, encompassing everything you would want in a fishing village. Pretty cottages nestled in the steep valley lead down to a bustling centre of quaint streets and plenty of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy, many of which welcome dogs. Here’s our pick of the best‌

A GUIDE TO DOG FRIENDLY POLPERRO The Blue Peter Inn, PL13 2QZ Situated in a prime position near the beach, the Blue Peter Inn is regularly lauded by visitors for its food and drink and the fact the staff really love dogs. As the tagline says: enter as strangers, leave as friends... The Ship Inn, PL13 2QR Reasonably priced food and a great selection of gins and ales, all served by knowledgeable and welcoming staff. And when it’s sunny, you won’t want to leave the beer garden behind in a hurry.

Places to eat The Crumplehorn Inn & Mill, PL13 2R At the top of the village sits this very impressive inn dating back to the 13th century where you can enjoy their famous fish supper and stay in one of their dog friendly rooms. Plantation Tea Rooms and Family Restaurant, PL13 2RG Perfect for a nice long lunch as much as it is for a quick passing coffee and cake or cream tea. Their crab sandwiches, when on the menu, are highly recommended. Lovely outdoor area. Bean and Scone, PL13 2RQ Known for its savoury cream teas cream cheese and chilli jam anyone? - as much as its irresistible selection of cakes, there’s ample room inside for your dog. 10

The Three Pilchards, PL13 2QZ The oldest pub in the village, this is a beautiful, cosy pub with views overlooking the harbour and delicious home made food.

Places to stay Trenderway Farm, Pelynt PL13 2LY If you wish to escape the bustle of the village centre but not be too far away, then treat yourself to a stay in this luxurious, very tranquil and romantic five star bed and breakfast. It is a working farmhouse so do be mindful as to whether your dog will be fine in a farm animal (and alpaca!) environment. Five out of the seven rooms are dog friendly and it is an extra £10 a night for your pet.

The Claremont Hotel, PL13 2RG In the heart of the village with its own car park (a definite plus!), this hotel has 12 bedrooms over three floors. It is adult only but very dog friendly with dogs welcome in all public areas. Dogs are charged at ÂŁ10 per night and get their own welcome pack on arrival. Breakfast menu only.

Places to shop Dogs and Gifts PL13 2RQ Doing exactly what it says on the tin, you will not be able to resist a wander into this emporium to check out the range of nicely-priced dog gifts and essentials. The staff are super friendly too.

Polperro Harbour Heritage Museum PL13 2RB Enjoy a leisurely walk around this community museum with your dog in tow and learn about the colourful history of the fishing village. Forget Poldark and discover the real life drama of fishing and smuggling from the late 18th Century to date. There’s a remarkable photographic record dating from around 1860 and a wonderful collection of ships models, as well as documents relating to families who lived in the village. The collection is housed in what was the old pilchard factory until the early 20th century.

Tiswithet, PL13 2QU Equally dog crazy and adorned with lovely gifts for your pet is this gift shop nearer the harbour and with a great name to boot. Find them on Facebook to see a lot of satisfied customers posing with their doggie bandanas.

Things to do Polperro Model Village PL13 2RP Kids and adults alike love a good model village. This is a charming recreation of Polperro right in its centre and a good opportunity to learn about Cornish myths and legends. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Walk to Talland Bay You can enjoy a stroll along the coast path to nearby Talland Bay where you will find a dog friendly beach and a cafe. In simple terms, you follow the coast path to the left, keeping the sea on your right, to get to Talland Bay, but you can find more detailed directions and a circular walk on our website: www. dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk/a-dogfriendly-walk-around-polperro-cornwall/



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The Big Doggy Day Out

A Doggy Day Out Summer Festival to be bigger and better in 2019 We’re excited to tell you that A Doggy Day Out has now announced the largest of seven family events planned for 2019. The ‘Big Doggy Day Out Summer Festival’ will take place at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, on the weekend of the 22nd-23rd June. After a successful year for the organiser, the event has been expanded from a single day to a full action-packed weekend – with have-a-go agility and hoopers, Canine Olympics, Flyball displays and have-a-go with 4x4 Flyball Club and grooming demos from Pampered Pooches, as well as talks and workshops from dog behaviourists, trainers and canine first aid specialists 14

including Andrew Hale and Paws & Praise, among other attractions. Two particularly exciting features that will be included in the entry price are a ‘doggy school’ offering visitors obedience training and a children’s school where the little ones can learn to bond with dogs, read their body language and become more comfortable interacting with our furry friends while also picking up some basic training techniques. A Doggy Day Out has recently announced a new event partner in the form of Devon dog food company Forthglade. To celebrate this new association, Forthglade and A Doggy Day Out have arranged a prize draw, with the

winner receiving a special doggy hamper from Forthglade and four tickets for the entire weekend – worth a total of £100. The Big Doggy Day Out Summer Festival will raise funds for several local pet charities and good causes, with a fun dog show on the Saturday for K9 Crusaders Dog Welfare, a fun scurry for English Springer Spaniel Welfare and temptation alley and a fun dog show on the Sunday for Refuge4Pets – the other cause to be supported is Pawsome Pensions. The event, which is focused on supporting ethical dog-related businesses and promoting healthy attitudes and positive training methods among dog owners, will also play host to live music, street food outlets and more than 25 exhibitors from around the South West promoting their products and services. Advance tickets purchased online give unlimited access to all standard activities, while tickets bought at the gate only include one.

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There are so many incredible dog friendly hotels in Cornwall. Here’s our round up of some of the best ones by the sea where your dog is well and truly welcome. Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes Hotel Tresanton is a really luxurious boutique hotel in the beautiful fishing village of St Mawes, designed by Olga Polizzi. There are several dog friendly rooms and dogs are also welcome on the terrace or in the Dogs’ bar which serves the same menu as the main dining room. There is a £20 charge a night for dogs and they are provided with beds, blankets and bowls. Dog walking can also be arranged. Tresanton.com Tel: 01326 270055 Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey The beautiful Fowey Hall, built in 1899, overlooks a majestic estuary and the sea beyond. It’s believed to be the inspiration for Toad Hall as Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame was a frequent visitor and the town is featured in the book. Well behaved dogs are welcome 16

for £15 per night and will receive dog bowls, blanket and treats in the room on arrival. www.foweyhallhotel.co.uk Tel: 01726 833866 Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher, Isles of Scilly Calming, muted colours and beach house style rooms will help you relax at the famous Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher, plus there is a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, and spa. Dogs are welcome in ground floor suites. Bowls, bed and blankets are provided and there is a charge of £15 per night for up to two dogs per suite. The hotel advises that if flying to the island as you maybe restricted by your weight allowance, it may be advisable to post your dog food prior to arrival and they’ll store it for you. www.hellbay.co.uk Tel: 01720 422947

by Roald Dahl. The hotel is certainly decadent, but the star attraction here is Fistral Beach, one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches that is host to international surfing events and dog friendly all year round. Dogs are welcome in all the hotel rooms and self-catering cottages. There is a charge of £24 per dog per night, and they are provided with a dog bowl, blanket, food and some treats. Dogs aren’t allowed indoors in either main restaurant, although there are other bars and lounges where you can have the dog with you while you eat and drink. www.headlandhotel.co.uk Tel: 01637 872211

Watergate Bay Hotel, Watergate Bay, North Cornwall Watergate Bay is one of the UK’s great dog-friendly beaches. Two miles of wide, sandy playground, surrounded by awardwinning eateries and it’s open to dogs all year round. The Watergate Bay Hotel is a stylish and comfy hotel located right by the beach. Dogs can stay in first (ground) and second floor Ocean Wing rooms and all Coach House rooms and can also join you for meals in the friendly The Beach Hut restaurant and The Living Space lounge bar. It’s £15 per night for the first dog and £5 per night for an additional dog and there’s a maximum of two dogs per room. Dog bowls are provided and Joules dog beds are available on request. www.watergatebay.co.uk Tel: 01637 860543

Talland Bay Hotel, nr Looe The Talland Bay Hotel prides itself on being incredibly dog friendly and boasts spectacular sea views. It is a short walk from the dog friendly beach at Talland Bay Hotel itself and also near Looe and Polperro on the south east coast of Cornwall. All rooms and cottages, excluding room 1 and room 20, are available to your four-legged friends. Dog owners are also welcome to dine with their faithful companion in the brasserie style restaurant, while tea on the terrace is another great option on warmer afternoons. Bed and board for pets is £12.50 per night and it includes a cosy blanket, feeding mat and bowl and doggie treat. Dogs also enjoy a sausage breakfast and a chicken dinner when you dine with them in the hotel. www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk Tel: 01503 272667

The Headland Hotel and Spa, Newquay A grand, old Cornish hotel, the Headland is an iconic building in Newquay, famed as the setting for the film of The Witches 17

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth The Scarlet Hotel, which overlooks the ocean from Mawgan Porth on the north coast, is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Cornwall and offers truly inspired spa facilities. Hotel and day guests can enjoy cliff-top hot tubs, a natural reed-bed swimming pool and an Ayurvedic-inspired spa. Importantly, this is a hotel for grown-ups — dogs may be welcome, but no children please. There are both dog friendly and dog free areas around the hotel. Dogs are allowed in five of the hotel’s bedrooms at a fee of £15 per night so book well in advance. Eating and drinking bowls are provided, along with a blanket and waste bags. The hotel also offer homemade dog treats in the room on arrival. Please call the hotel directly to book a stay with your dog. www.scarlethotel.co.uk Tel: 01637 861800

The Nare Hotel, Roseland Peninsula Overlooking the wide, soft sands of dog friendly Carne beach on the Roseland Peninsula, the Nare Hotel is an elegant English country house which offers a Dogs a la Carte menu. Dogs are allowed in dog friendly bedrooms and in the gardens. In summer dogs must be on leads whilst on the beach during the day. www.narehotel.co.uk Tel: 01872 501111 Mullion Cove Hotel With cliff top views of the harbour, this dog friendly hotel levies no extra charge for dogs in selected bedrooms in low season and just a £9 per night fee at other times. All dogs receive a welcome pack and there is a dog friendly lounge. www.mullion-cove.co.uk Tel: 01326 240328 18

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole A seaside hotel that is situated in the incredibly picturesque fishing village of Mousehole. There are 14 bedrooms, most of which look out over glorious St. Michael’s Mount. The hotel also has a dining room and outside terrace overlooking a tropical garden. Dogs are allowed in the bedrooms and they can also join you in the bar or on the Sun Deck. www.oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk Tel: 01736 731 222

WIN A LUXURY DOG FRIENDLY CHAMPAGNE BREAK AT HOTEL TRESANTON IN ST MAWES Hotel Tresanton is a cluster of houses on the edge of St Mawes, one of the prettiest fishing villages in Cornwall, designed by Olga Polizzi. All rooms have views across the sea towards St Anthony’s lighthouse and are the epitome of stylish, informal luxury. Tresanton has several dog friendly rooms, a restaurant with large terraces, a room for private parties, a dogs’ bar, a beach club and a private sailing boat. They also love children and have a playroom and children’s garden. This issue, you can win a two night stay at the hotel with a bottle of champagne on arrival for two people and up to two dogs. To enter: ONLINE: Visit www.dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk/hotel_tresanton_competition EMAIL: Send your name and telephone number to hello@dogfriendlycornwall. co.uk. Please put ‘Hotel Tresanton competition’ in the subject line. T&Cs: This break will be offered on a bed and breakfast basis from October 2019 to the end of February 2020. Dates are subject to availability and excludes Christmas & New Year. For full T&C’s see www.dogfriendlycornwall.co.uk/competition_terms


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THE COAST IS NOT CLEAR Meet Emily Stevenson, of Beach Guardian and her best friend Bella. They’re on a mission to keep Cornwall’s beaches clean, and they need your help...


hen environmental campaigner Emily Stevenson hits her local beach to embark on another litter pick, she always brings along her very special unofficial mascot to help: her ten-year old collie cross retriever Bella. ‘It’s really funny,’ says Emily. ‘We’ve been on beach cleans and she’s been off the lead, then come back with a plastic bottle or something in her mouth so she’s copying what we’re doing and become a beach cleaning dog.’ Emily is the Beach Guardian and, along with her dad Rob, is on a mission to rid the beaches of Cornwall of single use plastic waste and other litter by organising regular litter picks and touring the county to teach the importance of looking after the


environment to school children. What started as a Facebook page where she and Rob would post pictures of the extensive amount of rubbish they’d picked up at each beach has led to them gaining over 5,000 followers who join in with the picks and help spread awareness. Last year the Beach Guardian became a community interest company (CIC) working with other organisations such as Final Straw Cornwall to think of new initiatives to further the cause of ridding the environment of single use plastics. But Bella isn’t just an unofficial mascot of the Beach Guardian. It is possible that she may have helped inspire it all. Emily explains: ‘Having to walk Bella, we may not have seen the problem of

litter on our beaches as much as we have done.’ Recently Emily filmed a series of videos to further show the problems of litter. One featured Emily finding over 200 used poo bags discarded on the beach and nearby area. Sadly if wildlife ingest the contents of these bags, thinking they’re food, then they will quite likely die as a result. So why do people do it? ‘I think the problem goes back to something that we call “greenwashing” where people that wanted to do the right thing were misinformed by people wishing to profit off them. Even today there are dog poo bags out there that have ‘biodegradable’ or ‘eco dog poo’ bags written on them but many of these bags don’t break down, they break apart into these micro plastics which is even more detrimental to the environment.’ Of course, the great majority of dog owners and their dogs are like Emily and Bella, all playing their part in making

a difference. ‘Just yesterday I saw three or four people walking their dog and they all said to me that they’d brought an extra bag to pick up rubbish,’ says Emily. ‘And on our beach picks, as long as the beach is dog friendly, we encourage dogs to come along because it encourages more owners to come along!’

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Dog Friendly Gardens in Cornwall Cornwall is famed for its beautiful and often quite exotic gardens. Not all of them allow dogs into the formal planted areas, but some do and seem to genuinely welcome well-behaved dogs. Here are a few of our favourites for you to try. Pencarrow near Bodmin Pencarrow’s gardens are a combination of formal landscaping and woodland walks. Its floral season begins in March with a dazzling display of camellias and rhododendrons (more than 600 varieties in total) which bloom through the spring. Bluebells and Wild Garlic carpet the woods in May/June; the Memorial Garden provides a summer display, followed by hydrangeas, fuchsias and azaleas into the autumn. Points of interest include an Iron Age hill fort, sunken Italian Garden with a quatrefoil fountain, ice house, palm house, ancient Cornish cross, and a grotto which is believed to have been a secret meeting place. Dogs are welcome in Pencarrow Gardens. They need to be on leads in the formal gardens and near the house but can run free in the woodland areas. They are not allowed inside the Peacock cafe, but we’ll forgive them because instead they get a free treat dog biscuit from the gift shop. www.pencarrow.co.uk

Trebah Gardens, near Mawnan Smith One of the gems in Cornwall’s horticultural heritage,Trebah Gardens slope down to the north banks of the Helford river. There are huge gunnera tunnels to be enjoyed at this time of year (June) and tumbling streams and tranquil ponds.You can also access the private beach on the riverbank. There are rhododendrons, magnolias and clouds of hydrangeas. There is also a cafe and shops filled with some really wonderful locally produced crafts, foods, and things for the garden. Dogs are welcome throughout the garden on leads. www.trebahgarden.co.uk


The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey There is a beautiful story behind these gardens which, having been one of the finest in the country prior to WWI, were left to slowly return to nature after its workers were sent to war. Rediscovered in 1990, the gardens have been beautifully resurrected.There is the formal Italian garden, the walled gardens filled with flowers and produce now used in the tearoom and sweeping lawns bordered by rhododendrons. A little exploring reveals the tumbling lush vegetation of the jungle area and the beautiful plant sculptures of sleeping giants in the woodland. Dogs are very welcome here, (although not in the tearoom). In fact, Heligan have made a video for dog owners who are thinking of visiting. Head to their website to watch it. Heligan.com Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens Set in 22 acres of beautiful sheltered valley in west Cornwall, overlooking Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount. As well as beautiful woodland and gardens you can also enjoy sculptures and artwork by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash RA. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead throughout the gardens and in the outside seating area of Tremenheere Kitchen. www.tremenheere.co.uk The Eden Project near St Austell Another famous Cornish project, the Eden projects boast two biomes filled with plants from all over the world. It was voted best dog walking destination in the world in 2018, which frankly is a dubious award given some of the global competition and the fact that dogs cannot run free here. But it’s true to say that while dogs are not allowed in the biomes (in fact it is so hot it could be unkind to take them in) they are very welcome in the rest of the gardens, and since the Eden Project opened, these gardens have flourished and had new things added to them every year. There is a special undercover dining zone for dogs and their owners but dogs are not allowed in most of the indoor areas. www.edenproject.com 26

Tanglewood Gardens near Penzance If you love formal gardens,Tanglewood may not be the place for you. But if you love a tumbling, beautiful array of planting which encourage wildlife and blends native planting with exotics to magical effect, you will be in your element. In the pond areas look out for Kingfisher, Heron, Mallards, Canadian Geese, Moorhens and Coots.You may also spot Dragonflies, Damselflies, Frogs,Toads, Newts and Lizards, amongst others. In the woodland areas Jays, Buzzards, Rooks, Snipe, Owls and Woodpecker have all been spotted alongside the usual wild birds. The woodland is a great place to run and explore.And the Gunnera provides a great place to hide.There is no formal place for refreshments, so picnics are the order of the day here and dogs are welcome on leads. www.tanglewoodmaycontainnuts.co.uk Trengwainton Gardens near Madron One of the few National Trust gardens in Cornwall which allow dogs (even in the tearoom) Trengwainton is well worth a visit. There are cascading waterfalls tumbling through the woodland walks. The walled kitchen garden is apparently the length of Noah’s Ark, while in the tearoom you’ll most likely eat some of the kitchen garden’s produce. Another five

sections of walled gardens are crammed with tender exotic plants from around the world while other areas feature towering rhododendrons and giant tree ferns. Dogs are allowed on leads and reception supplies biodegradable bags. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwaintongarden Trewithen near Probus A short distance from Truro and St Austell you will find Trewithen, an historic, privately-owned Cornish estate with beautiful gardens famous for their plant hunter origins, royal connections and astonishing variety of species. Explore woodland paths bordered by champion trees, rare blooms and magical glades. Dogs are welcome on leads. www.trewithengardens.co.uk Mount Edgcumbe A beautiful country park with some glorious formal gardens and the popular ‘Avenue’ a grassy slope with views over the River Tamar which is a real playground for dogs and their owners. The Country Park is open to the public free of charge every day of the year from 8am-8pm in the summer and 8am-6pm in winter. Dogs are welcome but must be under control at all times. www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk/ 27

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That’s what our clients have said about us at Serenity. We do things a little bit differently, putting you at the centre of your future plans, not your money. So whether it’s embracing every morning without worry, or making the most of the special times you have, at Serenity, we really get what is deeply important to your life. That’s why we call it Financial Life Planning

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Abbie, Rosie, and Alfie are just three of the thousands of waggy tail ending stories in LCH’s near 10 year history. The girls were used as puppy farm breeding machines; now enjoying walks, cuddles and lots of love. Alfie was in the pound at just 8 months old. His LCH fosterers fell in love with him; he’s now living the life of Riley, all set for the summer! Molly has been through the mill, recovering from surgery in a fab foster home, and waiting for her special someone to snuggle up with.

Please help us help more animals in need, our monthly vet bill is huge due to the number of poorly animals that come into rescue. Paypal: paypal@lastchancehotel.org. Bank: Sort code: 20-67-19 Account no: 73797503 Text: TLCH03 £5 to 70070. Treasurer: Last Chance Hotel, 14 Westdown Road, Delabole, PL33 9DS

Events: Last Chance Hotel are holding their Summer Fayre and Dog Show on Sunday 14th July at Crofthandy Village Hall TR16 5JQ. Come along and show off your pooches! Stalls, refreshments, raffle etc. Bank Holiday Monday 26th August Princess Pavilion Falmouth - a doggy fun day and dog show, raising funds for LCH. More details to come.


Dog friendly Bluebell Walks Enys Gardens

For more information visit: www.enysgardens.org.uk Start point: Main car park, Enys Gardens, near Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9LB Walk: 1 mile, mainly easy, some steeper slopes which can be avoided. Facilities: Toilets and dog friendly cafÊ Enys Gardens near Penryn is famed for its glorious displays of bluebells and it is a wonderful place to visit from late April to mid May when they are in full bloom. Dogs are welcome on leads — no running amok through the bluebell meadows please! 30

From the main car park, follow the path down to the buildings. If you pass the clock tower and entrance to the big house on your left and turn left at the tearoom and then left again, you will come to signs down to the pond and waterwheel. If you are happy to navigate steeper slopes, continue down around

this path, keeping the pond to your right and circle it, following the path back up to the slope to the main path. If you don’t want to climb, you can simply turn left then immediately right at the tearoom and you will quickly come to the point on the walkway which you rejoin here to the beautiful Park Lye meadows which are completely filled with bluebells in the spring. Follow the path through the meadows and take the right hand path signposted to the walled garden. Enjoy this beautifully planted space and walk through passing through the gateway at the far end.

You now come to the Celtic stone cross and ponds here, before continuing straight on and turning left, past the front of the big house and arriving back at the tearoom. There are no inside seats here, but dogs are welcome in the gardens and the tea and cake is highly recommended. Please note the gardens are open from April until September. Please check the website for opening dates and times. www.enysgardens.org.uk



Godolphin Estate For more information and shorter trails visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin Start point: Main car park, Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE Walk: 4.5 miles, challenging terrain, some steep stiles. Allow two and a half hours Facilities: Toilets and dog friendly café at Godolphin House The 17th-century Godolphin estate, near Helston, is a wonderful location to enjoy bluebells and also offers the opportunity to enjoy a view over Cornwall which allows you to see the sea beyond both the north coast and the south.The exterior of the house itself makes regular appearances in the latest BBC adaptation of Poldark as the exterior of Francis Poldark’s estate, Trenwith. From the main car park, you begin by following signs for ‘pedestrians’ which lead you through a short woodland path, past a map of the estate, to the entrance to the house and café. Before you go in, just beside the edge of the disabled car parking spaces, is a gate signposted towards Godolphin Hill. 32

Go through this gate which takes you along a track across a field and then to a wooded lane known as The Slips. This leads you up to scrubland at the bottom of the circular Godolphin Hill. Soon, you reach a junction in path. Turn right following the signpost pointing directly (and visibly) to the top of the hill. Be warned, the track is rugged and boggy after wet weather. It is well worth the climb, however, as when you read the top you can enjoy a rare view which takes in both the north coast towards Hayle and St Ives, and the south coast, towards Rinsey Cove and Mount’s Bay to the south.

A shorter walk at this point, advisable if you wish to avoid climbing over steep stiles, involves simply retracing your steps. For those who wish to explore the estate a little more extensively, head directly across the hill, following the path, and continue down until you come to a fork in the path. Follow the right-hand pathway and continue carefully to the bottom of the hill. At the bottom, turn right and skirt the base of the hill. After a short distance, you will come to an old-fashioned stepping stone stile in the wall which borders the base of the hill. The stiles here are comprised of stones jutting out of the five-foot high wall which you must climb and then descend into the long grassy field beyond. From here walk along the right hand edge of the field which takes you to the outer edge of the Godolphin estate. Continue down a wooded pathway at the bottom of the field and turn right on to the main road at the point where it bridges the River Hayle. Cross the road bridge, then follow the public footpath sign to the right, directly after the bridge. This takes you back over the river, via a wooden footbridge. This next stretch of footpath along the River Hayle is beautiful and a wonderful space for spotting dragonflies and river birds.You soon come to a car park which you turn right into, then continuing on a parallel course with the main road

on your left, you find signs for public footpath along a woodland trail. Follow the trail until you come to a farm track crossing the pathway. Turn right for a short distance until you come to another stile leading to a footpath on the left-hand side of the track, which leads to a path along the right-hand edge of a field just beside some woods. At the end of the field, there is a stepping-stone stile to clamber over, before you cross the road and then climb another stone tile before more sedately walking down a new set of wooden steps into another field. At this point Godolphin House is just a short distance away. Follow the path up a slight hill along the right hand edge of the field and you eventually come back to the spot near the disabled car park where you began. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin


The National Trust cafĂŠ here offers tea, coffee, sandwiches and some delicious home-made cakes. 33


Lanhydrock Estate For more information visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/ Start point: Main car park, Lanhydrock Estate, Cornwall, PL30 5AD Walk: 2.5 miles, easy terrain. Facilities: Toilets and dog friendly cafĂŠ


Leave the main car park and follow the signs for Lanhydrock House, crossing the road and entering the park by the reception building. Delabole slate has been used to roof the octagonal reception building, built in 1990. From the main car park, follow the path down the hill towards Lanhydrock House. Continue past the gatehouse. Go through the wide, unpainted gate next to the cattle grid, and turn left. This track, running down the edge of Great Wood, is known as Lady’s Walk. To the left of Lady’s Walk you can see the 1823 ha-ha, a vertical wall alongside a stream which prevented cattle and sheep from escaping without the need for a fence which disrupted the landscape view from the house. Follow Lady’s Walk down the edge of Great Wood until you reach the gate onto Newton Lane. Turn left here and continue past some cottages. Turn left through the gates by Newton Lodge into the Avenue. This gateway is marked with the initials of John and Lucy Robartes and was built in 1657. The Avenue was originally planted at the same time. At the top of the Avenue, turn right and follow the path back up through the park to the main entrance and car park. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/


The Stables tearoom is dog friendly and you can find walking trails, dog treats and poo bags here too. 35



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Dog Friendly Cornwall: The Foodie Guide

Here at Dog Friendly Cornwall, our mission is to help all those who want to explore the county with their pets to find the very best places to stay, eat, visit and explore. But when it comes to finding a good dog friendly place to eat, it can be particularly tricky. No-one likes to experience that moment when you venture into a place only to be asked to leave, however politely, when your dog is spotted. So check our criteria for what ‘dog friendly’ means and then, overleaf, some of our favourite dog friendly dining establishments.

For Us, A Great Dog Friendly Eaterie Must: 1. Allow dogs and their owners into an undercover area to eat – frankly, it’s not that friendly to make us eat outside if it’s raining… 2. The staff must genuinely welcome dogs, not barely tolerate them. We all know the difference! 3. Have a supply of treats for you to give your dog while you enjoy your meal. Even better is if there is actually something on the menu specifically for your canine companion.


for surfing and very dog friendly all year round. www.lewinnicklodge.co.uk The Sharksfin, Mevagissey This cosy restaurant is set right on the harbour front of Mevagissey, making it a beautiful place to relax while trying some of the fresh seafood caught during the day. Traditional, good quality menu. www.thesharksfin.co.uk

Dog friendly eateries by the sea Lusty Glaze, Newquay This bar and restaurant is set just off the beautiful and privately owned Lusty Glaze beach in Newquay, named The Times’ beach of the year for 2017. The food is all locally sourced and cooked from scratch, and it’s got an excellent reputation for good reason. Dogs are allowed all year and even offered their own doggie dinners from midday (check their website for details), an initiative which raises money for a local animal charity St Francis Home For Animals. www.lustyglaze.co.uk The Port William, Trebarwith Strand The award-winning Port William Inn can be found overlooking the dramatic north coast cliffs and the dog friendly Trebarwith Strand beach. The pub also provides views out to sea. Try the fresh lobster or crab or one of their local ales. www.theportwilliam.co.uk Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay The newly renovated Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay makes a perfect cliff-top retreat. The chefs use good quality locally sourced ingredients to produce well thought out Brasserie style dishes, in a contemporary restaurant which is practically surrounded by the sea. Nearby Fistral beach is world famous


The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay Part of the glamorous and contemporary Watergate BayHotel, The Beach Hut acts as the perfect spot to treat yourself to an enjoyable lunch or dinner by the beach. It has a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere and an expansive view of Watergate Bay beach. www.watergatebay.co.uk/food-and-drink/thebeach-hut

Great places for dog friendly afternoon tea Teacup Tearoom, Mevagissey Wonderfully dog friendly and serving up a delightfully vintage spread of cakes, cream teas and desserts.You can also book the venue for your own tea party. www.teacuptearoom.com Dolly’s Tearoom, Falmouth Dolly’s Tearoom does more than it says on the tin - it’s a wine house and gin palace in the heart of Falmouth. Meet resident Labrador, Hebe, and enjoy homemade cakes and Teapigs tea. www.dollysbar.co.uk Hotel Penzance, Penzance Hotel Penzance is a local’s hidden gem and it offers amazing afternoon teas. The Full Indulgence involves finger sandwiches, gorgeous cakes and a cream tea. If you book a day ahead, there is a Gentleman’s Cream Tea: which includes Scotch egg, Welsh rarebit and sourdough toast, goujons of hake, pork

and sage sausage roll, mustard, chutney and tartare sauce. Dogs are not allowed inside The Bay restaurant, but dog owners (and dogs) can enjoy treats in one of the cosy lounges inside this beautiful hotel. www. hotelpenzance.com

we do have biscuits for them behind the bar providing our spaniel Monty hasn’t already had them,” say the owners of this lovely pub which has won awards for its wonderful food. www.victoriainn-penzance.co.uk

Juliet’s Garden Restaurant, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly This gorgeous dog friendly restaurant is a short walk from Hugh Town on the main island of St Mary’s. The staff gave our Newfie Rosie a treat too. www.julietsgardenrestaurant.co.uk

The Smugglers Den Inn, Cubert TR8 5PY A much-loved 16th century thatched pub, close to the beautiful north coast of Cornwall. The Smuggler’s Den is famed for wonderful food, a cosy atmosphere and for being really welcoming to dogs. www.thesmugglersden.co.uk

The Apple Tree Café, Sennen The café is really dog friendly and a great base for a lovely walk to nearby Nanjizal Cove. Enjoy homemade cake, their own coffee and Clipper Tea. www.appletreecafe.co.uk

The Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth TR3 7EE Another favourite of our readers, this pub is tucked away in the village of Ponsanooth near Truro. www.facebook.com/The-Stag-Hunt-Inn

Dog friendly gastro pubs

The Ship Inn, Mawgan TR12 6AD One of the most dog friendly pubs in Cornwall serves delicious food that you can also buy as a takeaway from the nearby shop in the village. www.shipinnmawgan.co.uk

Want somewhere with charm, atmosphere and really fabulous food? Here are some of our favourites. The Gurnard’s Head, Nr Zennor TR26 3DE Renowned as a dog friendly pub with awardwinning food and service, this is a top notch pub — but be warned, you need to book your dog friendly table in advance nowadays due to its popularity. www.gurnardshead.co.uk The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn, TR18 5PR Headed by award-winning chef Ben Tunnicliffe, this lovely, down to earth pub in Newlyn has retained a Michelin Bib Gourmand since 2013. It offers traditional Sunday roasts, legendary desserts and is dog friendly. www.tolcarneinn.co.uk The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, TR20 9NP “We don’t offer a full menu for the dogs but



A dog friendly weekend at Landal Gwel an Mor

Earlier this year we enjoyed a weekend at this wonderful dog friendly retreat near Portreath, Cornwall, with Rosie our Newfoundland Words: Adam Carpenter There was a moment as we were staying in our glorious lodge at Landal Gwel an Mor that I looked out at the view towards the sea and felt a little like I was in Jurassic Park. Below us ostriches were trotting like little dinosaurs around the paddocks of the site’s Feadon Farm and beyond, reindeer quietly grazed in the morning sun. The exotic nature of the animals and the feeling of peace and beauty gave our first morning a real sense that we were starting an adventure, safe in the knowledge that there were no angry T Rexs lurking. That said, the guest of honour - Rosie, our 10 year old Newfoundland - had positioned herself in my eyeline the 42

previous evening as we watched the new Jurassic World film, just after the scene where a soppy, rotund herbivore had drooled over Chris Pratt. With Rosie looming so close, it had been like watching the movie in 3D. Rosie had loved snoozing on the living room floor and indeed it had been a relaxing first night for us all - me, my wife Viki and our two children - with the luxurious bedrooms being particularly cosy. Now it was Saturday morning and Rosie was ready to explore. As other guests enjoyed a tour of the farm, we headed onto the path leading to the beach, taking in the tranquility of the woodland as we strolled. Soon we reached the edge of Portreath village

and were able to go down to where Rosie was enthusiastically leading us: Portreath beach. Unfortunately, this beach is affected by the seasonal dog ban from 7am-7pm from Easter Sunday until October 1st, although at least this means you can enjoy evening walks in the height of summer. For now Rosie was in her element having a bit of a paddle, too excited to be bothered by a pack of crazy Dachshunds that came by.

to lie nearby. Obviously she couldn’t enjoy the many activities available for guests such as golfing, fishing and tennis. As for the kids, there was plenty on offer in the Base Camp indoor activity centre with slides, zip wires and climbing walls. Meanwhile, the magical Wellbeing Spa was a place we could enjoy together, particularly the swimming pool which we were lucky to have all to ourselves at one point.

The steep walk back was an effort for us all but the rewards on our return were great. At Landal Gwel an Mor, you can choose to do as much or as little as you want to. Viki and I had our own private hot tub to enjoy just outside the ensuite main bedroom, with space to rest the bubbly and for Rosie

We enjoyed another walk with Rosie on Sunday morning and took advantage of the proximity of the Terrace Bar and Restaurant for a delicious roast dinner in the conservatory, again with amazing views of the village and coast beyond and with Rosie lying deceptively calmly at our feet (her eyes never left the roast beef). The delightful service and abundance of food made it difficult to leave Landal Gwel an Mor behind. Yet, as sure as you can guarantee the latest Jurassic Park will be followed by another, we are looking forward to returning for some new adventures at Landal Gwel an Mor very soon. www.gwelanmor.com Tel:01209 842354 43



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GWEEK LODGE A unique, romantic getaway, just for two. This Grade 2 listed cottage was originally one of two thatched gate houses to the historic Trelowarren Estate and is one of the most photographed buildings in the area. Only a few yards from the head of the Helford River, with a shop and pub few minutes walk away. Dogs welcome by prior arrangement. 01326 240 333 enquiries@cornishcottages.co.uk www.cornishcottages.co.uk


Discover Cornwall’s finest boutique pet spa based in Wadebridge. Owned and run by highly skilled dog i a professional, caring dog groomer, Sarah Cox, we offer grooming service that is committed to treating your pet with compassion and respect. Nervous rescue pets especially welcome.

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Portscatho Holidays in St Mawes, offers one of the largest selection of holiday cottages in South Cornwall. Set on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, our holiday cottages are situated in the best coastal, rural and waterside locations from St Mawes through to Mevagissey. Our dog friendly cottages welcome well behaved dogs. With beautiful coastal and country walks, plenty of dog friendly beaches and lots of local pubs that welcome dogs, the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall is the perfect destination for a dog friendly holiday. 01326 270900 46 www.portscathoholidays.co.uk

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GUIDE TO DOG FRIENDLY CORNWALL Dog Friendly Cornwall is a website and magazine which offers inspirational ideas for the best days out, eateries, attractions and accommodation in the county. With nearly 30,000 followers now, our articles and guides are informed by dog owners who love exploring the county with their best friends. This year we are launching our new annual guide to the best places to eat, visit and explore. Plus we’re also improving our popular guide to the 50 best dog friendly beaches.

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