Canine Times in Falmouth
We firmly believe that bringing a pet on holiday shouldn’t pigeonhole your plans, and Falmouth just so happens to be one of the best places in the country for retreats with leads.
The Greenbank’s eight dog-friendly rooms add further merit to the county’s canine credentials; with sub tropical gardens, miles upon miles of coast path, world famous heritage sites and those all important wide open spaces for dogs to exercise and roam free.
Trebah Garden has everything the furriest member of the family needs for an exciting and intriguing day out; the shingle Trebah beach is a perfect place to paddle, run and relax when not walking amongst record-breaking flora, the giant gunnera passage or along Hydrangea Valley.
Dogs are allowed in all areas of Trebah Garden, so they are free to peep into the koi carp pond, scramble up Healey’s Hill or even partake in a spot of drama in the Amphitheatre!
Falmouth would not be the South West wonder it is today without the fabulous surrounding beaches of Gyllyngvase, Maenporth, Nansidwell, Castle and Swanpool. They are all dog friendly from October until Easter Day, and are excellent days out for both owner and pet. Nansidwell is dog friendly all year round.
Free ponchos, blankets and hot water bottles await visitors at the Swanpool Beach Café in the colder months, so you can enjoy a peaceful walk across the sands before wrapping your hands around a luxurious Belgian hot chocolate with the rugged coastline at either side of you.
South West Coast Path
Recognition from Lonely Planet and voted as ‘Britain’s Best Walking Route’ by ‘Walk’ Magazine, the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path (which passes through Falmouth) is full of heritage, wildlife and geology, and is a beautiful opportunity for exploration, no matter how long or short the distance you travel.
Embracing the perimeter of Devon and Cornwall, the South West Coast Path caters for all audiences, with canine or without; the numerous beauty spots will keep photography fans snap-snapping the sunshine bouncing off the sea whilst those with a more culinary inclination will enjoy the local ales and ciders from the pubs and inns that line the trail.
If your dog hasn’t been on anything as vast or as fascinating as the South West Coast Path before, National Trail have drawn together some useful information on how to best enjoy a safe day’s hiking.
Steeped in the history of King Henry VIII and bearing witness to the magnitude of WWI and WWII, Pendennis Castle isn’t just a treat for those with four feet – for instance, at noon every day you can witness history before your very eyes with the firing of one of four working guns from their collection of 37. If your beloved pooch is not keen on gunfire however, you may wish to arrive after mid-day.
Dogs on leads are welcome, and once you’ve taken in the stunning sea views (the fortress was initially built to protect the country from invasion from the sea), we wholeheartedly recommend wrapping up warm and sitting in the courtyard, indulging in a famous homity pie or a traditional cream tea.
We have eight dog-friendly rooms specifically for paws and people, allowing you to both rest together during an extended weekend, week retreat or longer stay at The Greenbank; an exceptional base from which to discover Cornwall.