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Dog-Friendly South East Cornwall

A holiday in Southeast Cornwall can be a great holiday for your dog too. Many of our accommodation providers welcome dogs.

Your dogs will have a wonderful time exploring the woods and river valleys of the area with you. There are great dog walking sites all over  South East Cornwall. You’ll find many paths through the woods of the Tamar, Lynher and Fowey valleys.

The Tamar Valley, image Victoria Clare


Kit Hill near Callington is one giant dog-friendly country park, as is the Mount Edgecumbe estate on the Rame Peninsula.

"Go on...I'll race you!", image Victoria Clare

The National Trust estates at Cotehele and Lanhydrock are especially dog-friendly (Lanhydrock has an annual ‘Dog Day’ in August with displays and a dog show).  Even better than this, the Port Eliot estate near St Germans has an annual Dog Festival in aid of Children’s Hospice South West, hosted by Roo and Lark, the house’s resident whippets. (This started after Roo was banned from the main Port Eliot Festival for peeing on tents – he got his revenge by hosting his own festival!) The Whippet Tea Party is something to behold…

Another good little dog walk is the walk along the River Lynher below the Cadsonbury Hill Fort (just off the A390, west of Callington). It’s a perfect place for dogs who like to paddle and meet and greet other dogs.

Kit Hill is a great place for a run!, image Victoria Clare


Most dogs enjoy a walk (or a run) on the beach and perhaps a paddle in the sea. Luckily, many of our beaches are dog friendly all year round. Much of Whitsand Bay is dog-friendly even during the summer season, and it’s big enough that your dogs won’t be annoying sunbathers as they chase after their ball! Check our beaches page for details on which beaches allow dogs.

"I knew I should have checked the tide times...", image Visit Cornwall


Unlike many parts of the country, you’ll find that pubs and cafes are often happy to welcome your dogs, especially those that have outdoor seating.  (Most will even cater for them too, if they deserve a little treat!).  It’s always worth checking though.

Although South East Cornwall is generally a great place for your dog to have fun off-lead, please do be careful around livestock, especially sheep and ponies. Wild deer are also relatively common in many parts of the region. In old mining areas, open shafts should be fenced, but you still might have to exercise caution with some dogs. And in certain places, you should be careful not to disturb ground-nesting birds. And of course, always pick up after your dog.