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Dog Friendly Cornwall

It seems like an absolute age since we were on holiday in Cornwall. I’ve been so busy/disorganised that I haven’t finished blogging about it yet. I was really impressed with how dog friendly Cornwall was. The only downside was that we were there in the last week of the Summer Season, which meant that many of the beaches that weren’t dog friendly were still closed off to Poppy. This was a bit of a bummer, as it felt like a lot of the dog friendly beaches were either miles away or not as nice as the ‘human only beaches’! We stayed in Little Sandcastle, which is a dog friendly cottage in Cadgwith Cove. Pretty much the whole of Cadgwith is dog friendly & Poppy was a big hit with locals & holidaymakers alike!

Cadgwith Cove

Obviously, the coastal path was dog friendly, which was great as we could access it directly from Cadgwith Cove, where we were staying. Poppy loved walking along the coastal path & navigated the path very easily. Though she didn’t seem to appreciate that she’s a bit more agile on muddy paths than we were! We discovered some beautiful places along the path and next time we go, I’d like to walk along more of it. If we do, must remember to take a map!

PorthlevenWe had high hopes for Porthleven beach, but getting to the (very small) dog friendly part of the beach took ages because it wasn’t clear where it started. Plus, we were there in the morning and the tide was still in so we only had a really short bit of beach to walk on. However, that being said, I’d love to go back to Porthleven when the tide is out/out of season because the beach is massive! Well worth a visit (after checking the tide timetable!)

Kynance BeachKynance Beach was an interesting one. We didn’t actually walk on the beach, as it wasn’t dog friendly until October. But we wanted to try out the cafe so walked down the ‘easier’ coastal path section that avoided the beach. This was a lovely walk, not as steep as the other path & there were livestock about so dogs on leads please! However, while we were enjoying our lunch (I had a jacket potato as big as my face!), other dog owners walked across the beach to access the steeper walk. We went back up the way we came down, as I was in agony with my back & needed to take it easy. The beach is quite small, so I’d only go as part of a bigger walk with a cheeky cake stop at the cafe!

Lizard Point

The Lizard Point was a real adventure for us, though I think Poppy got a bit bored! We took loads of pictures of her being the most southwesterly dog, but she doesn’t look impressed, does she?! We parked in Lizard and walked down to the point. This is a nice walk and it’s sectioned off from the road, which is good as it’s mainly a single lane. We also had a look at the lighthouse and Poppy was welcomed in with open arms (which was good, because the fog horn went off & freaked her out a bit!) The only bit she couldn’t visit was the actual light bit, but there’s an area where you can leave dogs if you want to see it.

Coverack Cove

We went to Coverack Cove on one of the greyest, dampest days of our holidays. But that didn’t stop us! The beach is full of pebbles, so sturdy shoes are a must. We were the only people on the beach for most of the walk, so we let Poppy off the lead. She loved it! She’s really growing in confidence on the beach and loves exploring rock pools. She’ll run on ahead for a bit, then turn back to check where we are. At one point, she started to go back up to the steps towards the road. Panicked, I called her with her ‘Get here now!’ call and she jumped off the steps. It’s about a six foot drop. Yep. Ol’ Basset legs, who isn’t supposed to jump so as to stave off arthritis as long as possible, jumped from that height. I nearly cried! She just trotted up to me & wanted a treat! We walked back along the beach after the tide had gone out a bit and there were lots more rock pools to explore. A great find!

Roskilly's

I’m not going to lie to you, we went to Roskilly’s for the ice cream! We knew it had a walk, but we weren’t sure what it would be like. It was ace! On the walk, we saw ducks swimming around on a pond, bees buzzing around their hives, a hidden orchard & a we walked through a field of cows. This was an interesting one, as we were not sure if Poppy had seen any before. To say she was unsettled might be an understatement! She didn’t know whether to bark or run. We kept her on a short lead and moved quickly & quietly through them. The cows didn’t pay us any attention! Poppy took a huge interest in sniffing where they’d been walking – wonder if she recognised the smell of their hooves from the hoof chews she has at home? Poppy also sat with quite nicely with us in the courtyard, while we tried some of their delicious ice cream! A must visit!

GunwalloeOn our last day, after a visit to Halzephron Inn, where Poppy was pretty much loved by everyone, we headed down to Gunwalloe beach. We turned a corner & looked out onto miles & miles of dog friendly, empty beach. We could not believe it! All the time, we’d been driving by this massive beach where Poppy could roam free! We let her off the lead and headed across the beach. There’s a reason it’s dog friendly – it’s really difficult to walk on. It’s made of tiny pebbles that are tricky for anyone who isn’t on four legs! I really earned my wine that day! It was a fab beach to visit though. Poppy was off the lead for most of the walk. She kept running to and from us quite happily, though she was a little too interested in climbing the rocks! She definitely enjoyed herself though.

There are loads of other places that we didn’t get a chance to visit, which we’re hoping to go to next time. Have you been to this part of Cornwall? What are your dog friendly top tips?

#BEDN ~ Food Glorious Food

Cornwall was an absolute delight when it came to food. I was quite surprised that so many places catered so well for vegetarians, it was really refreshing. Naturally I took advantage of being on holiday & pretty much stuffed my face at every given opportunity! It started on our arrival to our holiday cottage, where we had been left some homemade cake. Perfection!

Homemade cakeWhen eating out, we had to find places that catered for me & Poppy and once again, we were quite surprised to find lots of places that welcomed Poppy with open arms.

Veggie cooked breakfastWe googled dog friendly places to eat, and Trevena Cross Nurseries came up and lo and behold, they also did a veggie cooked breakfast. We chose to eat outside so that when Poppy hit her limit of waiting, she wouldn’t bother too many other people, but she was welcome inside too. When they brought our food out, they brought some water & dog treats for Poppy too! Cute!

Cornish Cream TeaAfter one of our epic walks around the coast path, we needed some refreshment and noticed that The Old Cellars Restaurant offered a Cornish Cream Tea. Once again, Poppy was welcome both inside & out. Now I’ve eaten many a cream tea in my time, but this was the best one I’ve ever eaten! Whether it was the hike, the fresh sea air or the fact that we were in Cornwall, whatever, it was amazing! The thought of it is actually making my mouth water!

Delicious lunchVeggie options for lunch can be hugely disappointing. Cheese sandwich anyone? So when we checked out the menu for The Fat Mackerel and I saw the meal above, I knew I didn’t want to look anywhere else. I love olives & hummus and I wasn’t disappointed with this. The only criticism I have is that I could’ve done with more bread, but that’s just because I’m greedy! Poppy was welcome too though I don’t know welcome she was after she barked at a dog that walked by – Poppy has a surprisingly loud bark!

Homemade soupOn our final night, we ate at Cadgwith Cove Inn. I’m not quite sure why we left it to the last night to eat there, but it was amazing! Not only do they sell great wine & have fishermen singing there every Friday, but Poppy was a big hit & earned lots of dog treats from the barman! It’s safe to say she was pretty happy there. I was too, not only because their delicious carrot & coriander soup changed my view of soup, but because the veggie option on the menu was a vegetarian trio.

Veggie TrioThe Vegetarian Trio consisted of risotto, cannelloni & toasted focaccia and it was delicious. It felt really nice to have a meal out that had some thought to it and not feel like they just kind of did whatever. It’s probably better that we didn’t eat there on our first night, as we wouldn’t have left!

There’s nothing quite like eating great food, especially when you’re on holiday. Why? Those calories don’t count of course!

Poppy on holiday in Cornwall

During the last week of September, Poppy, my OH & I went on our first holiday together to Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall. Cadgwith is an adorable little fishing village on the Lizard & has become somewhere I want to go back to again and again. One of the reasons is because it was really dog friendly, which made Poppy very happy!

Cornish coast

As soon as we arrived at our holiday rental, Little Sandcastle, Poppy made herself at home.

Little Sandcastle

The bed was the same height as the window, which meant perfect viewing for Poppy! She barked at the seagulls, other dogs & passers by. Pretty normal really! But as it’s best to access Cadgwith on foot, it was pretty quiet. This made a nice change for all of us, as at home, we get quite a bit of traffic on our street & Poppy has quite a job of letting us know that there are people about!

One of the best things about the holiday for Poppy was spending time with us, especially morning cuddles, which she enjoyed immensely (as did I!). We wore her out quite a bit with the amount of walking we did, but she loved it.

morning cuddles

On our first full day, we headed out of Cadgwith along the coast path towards the Devil’s Frying Pan. It was slightly steeper than we’re used to in Oxfordshire & gave us all a workout, Poppy included!

sleepy

We walked much further than we intended to & all of us were covered in mud when we returned. Poppy really enjoyed walking along the coastal path, and wasn’t phased by kissing gates or anything! She did get frustrated by our slow & cautious pace, but she took it all in her stride. That being said, Poppy does love a good beach walk, even if she’s not a fan of the sea! There’s still lots to smell and space to run around on – it can be quite tiring!

Over tired

For a brief moment, she was the most southerly dog as we walked along the Lizard Point. She was really patient, posing for photos, which she hates! She hates being still & has started to let us know when she gets fed up by barking her frustrated bark at us! She did get lots & lots of love from locals & tourists alike, however, and we had to explain her weird breeding a lot.

Southerly Dog

One of the major downsides of going during September was that a lot of the beaches still had dog restrictions in place. This was really frustrating as most beaches were empty (The weather wasn’t really suitable!) and sadly, most of the ‘dog friendly’ beaches aren’t as nice as the others. But that didn’t stop us and because the holiday season was drawing to a close, it meant that most of the time, even the dog friendly beaches were quiet. Therefore, we let Poppy off the lead on one or two of the beaches. Needless to say she loved it! She didn’t venture far. We noticed that after she ran for a bit, she would stop & turn to see where we were.

As we couldn’t leave Poppy in the cottage on her own, she came with us everywhere & became really well trained in waiting while we ate our dinner or cream tea. As Poppy doesn’t play with toys, we have to keep her entertained with food. Pizzles are the best for this, as they last longer than most other chews. I was so impressed with the number of dog friendly cafes and restaurants in Cornwall and so many places welcomed her with treats and water.

pub pooch

Walking around the area was really lovely, as there were no squirrels for her to chase or get stressed about. She just explored new places, found new scents and came across new things, like sheep & cows. She wasn’t particularly keen on either, though while she just barked at the sheep, she seemed slightly more perplexed by the cows. After a while it dawned on us, that as we were walking through a field of cows, she was sniffing where they’d walked so could smell their hooves. Poppy chews on cow hooves all the time at home so think this must have had something to do with it!

Rock pool dogPoppy got a little bit braver in the sea at Cadgwith, exploring some of the rock pools. Because Cadgwith is a fishing village, there were loads, and I mean loads, of crab claws all over the cove! Poppy was really interested in these so we had to keep an eye, especially after her suspected allergic reaction to a tuna baguette!

Cadgwith Cove was a fantastic place for our first family holiday. Everything was so easy & relaxed. We will definitely be going back there, which Poppy will be pleased to know, I’m sure!

 

Tuesday Treat – Holidays

I don’t think I appreciated how great holidays were until I didn’t have a proper, full on week away for a number of years. No half measures, no sneaky checking-into-work, just a week of chilling out, doing our own thing. That’s what we did last week and it was awesome! We went down to Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, which is a lovely fishing village on the Lizard. (I’ll go into more detail about our fab Cornish holiday in future blog posts).

Cadgwith CoveIt was our first proper holiday in years and as far as we know, it was Poppy’s first holiday. I think it’s fair to say we all had a fabulous time! The weather wasn’t great, but we walked, we relaxed and spent time together. We saw some amazing views and ate some great food – it was just what we all needed.

I’m already looking forward to next years holiday & am going to make sure I take more time off throughout the year. We didn’t quite have a digital detox, but both my OH and I reduced the amount of time we spent online, hence the lack of posts last week (plus, I ran out of time to schedule them in advance!) I’ve decided that holidays aren’t a luxury – they are essential, no matter where you go or what you do. They are vital at helping you take a break from life and are therefore a necessity in my book!