St Ives the Perfect Place for Pet Holidays

Having to go on holiday and leave your dog behind can make it feel like there is a vital part of your family missing. As a primarily rural area Cornwall is the perfect location to bring a pet, and with plenty of dog friendly cottages to stay in – there really is no excuse not to.

Walking your dog in St Ives

With its array of stunning scenery and ample footpaths, the area surrounding St Ives makes for the perfect place to entertain an inquisitive pet. On one side of St Ives is the demanding yet beautiful footpath to Zennor: perfect for nice long walks. On the other side of St Ives, a footpath will take you past Porthmeor Beach and round the headland to Carbis Bay. There are plenty of other footpaths, lanes, and tracks for you and your pooch to explore as well.

When walking your dog in Cornwall there are a few things to be wary of: there are a lot of unmapped mineshafts dotting the Cornish countryside, footpaths can often lead you through working farms and fields full of livestock, and in the summer month adders may be out basking in the sunshine. Unless your dog is very well behaved, for its own safety it is best to keep it on a lead.

Taking your dog to the beach in St Ives

During the summer months many of beaches are closed to dogs. If you are staying in St Ives it is still possible to take your dog for a walk or a play on the beach in the morning or late evening. If you are an early riser you can take your dog to Carbis Bay Beach between 5am and 8am, or if getting up is the last thing you want to think about on your holiday, dogs are allowed on Harbour Beach (in the centre of St Ives) after 8pm. A relaxing stroll across the sands as the sun sinks towards the horizon can be the perfect way to end a day.

Dogs welcome at St Ives pubs

Your four-legged friend probably enjoys a trip to the pub as much as you do. A bit of exercise, cosying up under the table, enjoying attention from all the passers-by. Not to forget the prospect of a cheeky crisp or chip. St Ives is well-equipped with places that both man and man’s best friend can go to drink (different beverages, hopefully) and unwind. The Castle Inn, the Sloop Inn, and The Union all welcome well-behaved dogs, and if you stick your head through the door and ask, you’re bound to find many more places in St Ives ready to give you a warm welcome.

Pet friendly cottages in St Ives

With a little bit of extra planning it is just as easy to have a great holiday with your pet that all the family can enjoy – take a look at our luxury holiday cottages and our selection of pet friendly holiday cottages in St Ives!