A walker’s paradise!
Head out from the cottages and discover St Nectans Glen Waterfall, Rocky Valley and Bossiney Cove beach. Tintagel village, with its pubs, cafes and shops, is just a 15 minute stroll down the country lane. From the village, Tintagel Castle and the coastal path are a further 10 minute walk.
Stroll down to the village – turn right out of the drive, turn right at the small triangle, at the end of the lane turn left and you will arrive in the village (about a 15-minute walk). There are many car parks. There are several pubs, bakeries and cafes – refer to the eating out section at the end. Plenty of places to stop for a Cornish cream tea – remember jam first! Must try a Cornish pasty! Tintagel is very dog friendly – as well as the pubs you can take your dog into many of the shops and cafes. Shops include fudge, local honey and pottery. The hardware store has dog food and essentials. Visit the medieval National Trust Old Post Office. Some shops and cafes close over winter but there are plenty open.
Tintagel Castle (English Heritage)
The castle is now open with its new bridge. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance from the website or from the castle shop. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle There is a café, exhibition and shop. The path to the castle is between the Cornish Bakery and Wootons Inn.
St Nectan’s Glen
Walk from the cottages to the waterfall, café, river & woodland. Head left out of the driveway on the lane, cross over the lane at the junction, and continue on the lane until you see a public footpath sign by a stile on your right (by the new bungalow with a sign dated 2019), just past Halgabron farmhouse. Go over the stile and cross the field (watch for cowpats!), go through the metal gate and follow the footpath to St Nectan’s Glen and the waterfall. Just over a one-mile walk to the waterfall. You need to pay to enter the waterfall area (£5 or £6 depending on which path you take). You can walk up to the café and shop without paying. Note it’s quicker to walk from the cottages than it is from the waterfall car park.
Bossiney Haven/Cove & Benoath Cove
Stunning dog-friendly sandy beach accessible at low tide. The most direct walking route to Bossiney Cove beach is via the public footpath across the farmers’ fields by Halgabron Farmhouse, crossing through Bossiney Lodges and over Bossiney Road. 1.2 miles. Head left from the cottages, cross over the road, take the second footpath on the left going through a small wooden gate just before Halgabron Farmhouse. Cross three fields (with stiles) and follow the footpath through Bossiney Lodges to Bossiney Road. Turn right and pick up the footpath shortly after on the left. Follow all the way down to the beach. Note that there are steep steps down to the beach (with a handrail). By car – there are a few car parking spaces just off Bossiney Road near the footpath to beach (opposite Bossiney Tea Rooms). There is also a paid car park in a field by the toilets and parking spaces (closed during winter). Toilet facilities by the parking (closed during winter). Stop for a Cornish cream tea at Bossiney Tea Rooms (closed during winter).
Rocky Valley – Bossiney – Tintagel
A long circular walk. Head left out of the drive, go to the end of the lane, cross over the road, continue down to the end of the lane, cross the road, and pick up the footpath signposted Rocky Valley. Follow the path until you reach the sea, head left up the cliff and continue round to Bossiney Haven/Cove. You can descend and reach the beach at low tide or continue on. Continue round until you reach Tintagel castle and then head back up to village. By this time, you have well earnt a stop at the pub! Relax and then walk back to the cottage when you’re ready up Trenale Lane.
At Trebarwith Strand there is a dog-friendly sandy beach accessible at low tide – walk over a small section of rocks to access. There is a surf school, shop and café. The fabulous Port William Inn is located on the cliff edge overlooking the sea and beach. In the large car park, a mobile coffee van offers drinks, home-baked cakes and dog biscuits.
- Drive: Turn right out of the drive, continue until the end of the lane, turn left, turn right at the Trebarwith Strand signpost and continue until you reach the car parks. There is a large car park and then a smaller one on the right.
- Drive & walk: Park at the free car park at Glebe cliff/church – from the village take the lane that runs up in between the Cornishman Inn and the Wootons Hotel and keep going until you reach the car park by the sea just past the church. Head left along the coast footpath until you reach Trebarwith Strand (about a 50-minute walk).
- Walk from the cottage: There are several options – refer to a map for public footpaths. You can head to the village, pick up the coast path & head left! Or for a more direct route head right along our lane, turn right down Tregeath Lane, head right briefly on the main road (take care) and then take the road on the left. There are two different footpaths off this road that take you to the coast path.
Daymer Bay, Rock Beach and Padstow
Rock Beach, near Wadebridge, is fantastic for dogs and is dog-friendly all year round. A large expanse of sandy beach where you can walk to Daymer Bay and back. You can park at Rock Beach or Daymer Bay. Take the ferry to Padstow! Wait at the beach just down from Rock car park for the small boat that will take you over to Padstow. Dogs can travel on the ferry for free. £4 return for one adult. Padstow is a delightful fishing village with many shops, restaurants and pubs. Rick Stein restaurants and shops.
Picturesque fishing village. Worth a visit – especially for Doc Martin fans! There are two car parks. One on the outskirts and then another smaller one further down.
There is a very nice riverside walk suitable for dogs off-lead along the Valency Valley accessed at the end of the main car park. The National Trust shop has a lot of useful maps and books. Lots of nice cafes and shops towards the harbour direction.
There are several good beaches in the Bude area including Widemouth (dog-friendly all year round on the black rock side). Crooklets and Crackington Haven have a seasonal dog ban. Beach info: https://www.visitbude.info/beach-lovers/bude-beaches/ There is also a nice walk along the canal in Bude – park by the Tourist Information Centre.
The car park for Rough Tor/ Roughtor (pronounced Row Tor) is an easy drive from the cottages (about 20 minutes). The walk up to the 400m summit can be done within half an hour. Stunning views!
There are several dog-friendly beaches Newquay direction including Mawgan Porth, Fistral, Watergate Bay, Crantock. At Fistral beach there are several dog-friendly cafes/restaurants including Rick Stein’s fish & chips, The Fistral Stable pizza & cider and the Headland Hotel for a special treat – great cocktails! The Watergate Bay Hotel allows dogs in the bar area.
Dogs on beaches
Most of the beaches around us are dog-friendly all year round. To check restrictions on beaches across Cornwall – visit this page: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/animal-welfare/dog-welfare-and-enforcement-service/controlling-your-dog-in-public/dogs-on-beaches/
Other places suitable for off-lead dog walks:
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
Lanhydrock, Bodmin (Respryn Bridge is a good place to park and walk from)
Wadebridge has various shops, restaurants and a cinema.
Camelford has a leisure centre.
There are two small grocery stores in the village open until 9pm. There is a Co-Op in Camelford stocking a good range of fresh produce, beers and wines etc. Wadebridge has many of the large supermarkets including Tesco. Sainsbury’s is in Bodmin. Morrisons in Bude. Online deliveries can be booked direct to the cottage.
ATMs in Tintagel
Outside Spar and inside King Arthur’s Arms Inn.
BP Camelford, BP near Tesco Wadebridge, small petrol stations in Boscastle & Delabole.
Tintagel village has several pubs and they are all dog-friendly.
The Wootons Inn has a nice garden terrace and conservatory looking out towards the coast and St Materiana’s church. Vast gin menu! Good pub food. Sunday carvery.
Ye Olde Malthouse Inn 14th century tavern – dogs are allowed in the indoor bar & snug areas and picnic table area outside. Character pub serving restaurant quality food.
King Arthur’s Arms – traditional pub serving all-day cooked breakfast and pub classics.
Cornishman Inn – under new ownership.
There is also the Olive Grove Italian Restaurant, Avalon Hotel with a lovely garden terrace, Tintagel Arms Hotel, and several cafes & bakeries. There is a vegan restaurant and take-away. Cornish Bakery, Tintagel Castle café and most others allow dogs inside. Some shops and cafes close over winter.
The Camelot Castle Hotel is a luxurious spot for a drink, cocktails, lunch or dinner. Dog-friendly inside. Located on the coast.
Tintagel Brewery – visitor centre, shop, restaurant & bar (dogs in garden & bar area during the day – enter via garden). Play area for children in garden.
Trebarwith Strand: Port William Inn (a must visit!) & Mill House Inn (no dogs in the restaurant).
Bossiney: Bossiney Tea Rooms (closed during winter).
Boscastle: several pubs, cafes & restaurants. The Riverside has a dog-friendly riverside outdoor terrace accessed via a bridge. Boscastle Farm Shop & Café is a short drive up the hill.
Port Isaac: The Golden Lion, several cafes & seafood/fish restaurants including Restaurant Nathan Outlaw & Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (booking required).
Padstow: Lots of options from high end restaurants to pubs and cafes. Rick Stein restaurants, café and fish & chips.
Crackington Haven: The Coombe Barton Inn
Pendoggett: The Cornish Arms
St Maybn: St Maybn Inn (+visit nearby Hayward Farm Cider)
St Breward: The Old Inn
St Kew: St Kew Inn
St Tudy: St Tudy Inn
St Merryn, Padstow: Rick Stein’s Cornish Arms
Take Away (collection only)
Chinese: Hong Kong Island, Camelford
Fish & chips: Tintagel village (The Big Fish) & Camelford
Mexican: Mexi-Kernow container on the way to Camelford (Tregath Business Park)