There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you visit Padstow. This North Cornwall beauty spot is a sensational place to visit for a doggy day out. Whether you live locally or are visiting the area on holiday, Padstow is an ideal destination for an outing with your pooch. There’s always plenty to see and do, with wide open spaces to roam and many fine attractions and eateries where dogs are most welcome.
Padstow is also a fantastic place to stay for a few days for a short break or week’s holiday with your dog. Fortunately there are loads of dog friendly cottages and holiday homes to choose from in this north coast haven, should you decide to stay for more than a day.
But what can you do in Padstow with your dog? Here are some of our favourite things to see and do on a dog friendly day out in Padstow.
There are some fantastic places to walk your dog in and around Padstow. Let your four-legged friend feel the sand between its paws with a scamper along the beach. A short walk along the coast path out of town leads to Hawkers Cove and adjoining Harbour Cove, where there are wide expanses of light golden sand to explore (at low tide), with stunning views across the Camel Estuary towards Daymer Bay and the Rumps.
Dogs are welcome at the National Lobster Hatchery – an educational visitor attraction to promote the charity’s lobster conservation work. Here you can see the tanks full of baby lobsters, which are being looked after until they are big enough to be released into the sea.
Padstow Harbour is a wonderful place to sit and while away some time with your dog. There are benches all around the harbour where you can soak up the scenery and watch the world go by, while your dog enjoys a hard-earned rest.
If you like to give your dog a treat at the end of a long walk, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Padstow. There are plenty of bakeries where you can pick up a pasty or naughty snack to share. Or there are numerous tearooms and cafes where you could enjoy a cream tea with your hound. These include the renowned Cherry Trees Coffee House where you can sit out front overlooking the harbour, and Greens of Padstow with its outside seated area perched above the estuary.
Take your dog for a walk along the Camel Trail, which follows the path of a disused railway line along the shore of the Camel Estuary to Wadebridge. But take care in the height of summer when it can get busy with bikes. On these days explore the adjoining footpaths or head for the quieter stretches of the trail further upstream between Wadebridge and Bodmin.
Another fine place for a stroll with a dog is around the grounds of Prideaux Place. Although you can’t go inside this Elizabethan manor house, you can walk with a dog on a lead around the pristine gardens and grounds overlooking the deer park.
With so many smart shops for dog owners in Padstow, dogs may well feel left out. But just a short distance away at Trevisker Garden Centre is a specialist boutique just for dogs. Paws of Padstow sells dog coats, robes, jumpers, collars and all manor of pet accessories and toys where you can spoil your pooch rotten.
At the end of the day, enjoy a delicious sit down meal in one the town’s dog-friendly restaurants. Rick Stein is a famous dog lover who shared many TV adventures with his dog Chalky, and there’s a statue of his long departed pet at the Seafood Restaurant. Sadly, this place is a little too smart for dogs. Instead head to Stein’s other Padstow restaurant – St Petroc’s Bistro – where small dogs are welcome in the bar area. Dogs can also allowed in the conservatory at the front of Rojano’s, which serves delicious pizza and pasta. Padstow’s pub’s are all dog friendly and many of them serve yummy bar meals you can enjoy in the company of your four-legged friend.
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