To make these locations even more beautiful… we highly recommend visiting during the autumn months, when Cornwall transforms into a world of dramatic colours, and breath-taking scenery.
Dog friendly beaches
You’ll be pleased to hear that within five miles of Whalesborough are three beautiful, but more importantly, dog-friendly beaches! Meaning that you’re only ever a walk away from the nearest beach where your dog can run wild through the golden sands and whitewash.
Just three miles away is Black Rock Beach which offers a combination of rocky outcrops and flat sands for your pooch to explore. The beach welcomes dogs off the leash throughout the year, and as a bonus, surfers will be pleased to hear that this is a popular spot to hit the waves. Another option is Northcott Mouth which is open to dogs all year round, and offers plenty of space to let them off the leash until they tire themselves out! And finally comes Millook Haven Beach, just five miles away from Whalesborough, where dogs are also welcome throughout the year.
Just a short drive down the A39 is Bodmin Moor, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, also known as the ‘Wild West of Cornwall’ due to the remains of prehistoric settlements dotted around, haunting rock formations, and hidden valleys… An autumn day on the Moor is even more dramatic, making it a magical place to discover with your dog.
Let your doggy off the leash and discover Cornwall’s highest points, scale the infamous black tors, and enjoy the wide range of stunning wildlife along the way such as otters, butterflies, and songbirds.
South West Coast Path
For all our guests who love exploring the outdoors with their dog, we always recommend a walk along the world-famous South West Coast Path. Spanning 630 miles from Dorset, through Devon, Cornwall and along to Somerset, this winding trail guides walkers through hidden coves, charming fishing villages and dramatic beaches.
Along the way you’ll find dog friendly pubs and unrestricted stretches of sand, so this is a MUST for your pooch. Plus, through the autumn months, the coast path becomes even more exciting with stunning colours, crashing waves and autumnal wildlife. We recommend joining the trail from Millook, Dizzard, or Crackington Haven… These spots are all nearby and offer memorable routes along the path.
Less than a mile away from Whalesborough is Bude Canal whose tow path offers a unique and picturesque route to explore with dog! Soak in the region’s history, enjoy all the local wildlife on offer, and if your dog loves the water, you can rent a canoe, kayak or pedaloe nearby to explore the water together in.
Dog friendly pubs
Many walkers will agree that there’s nothing better than a warm pub waiting for you at the end of a long walk, especially a pub that welcomes your dog! So you’ll be pleased to hear that in our corner of Cornwall, we’re spoilt for local watering holes…
The Bay View Inn is just three miles away in Widemouth Bay, and as well as its panoramic views of the ocean, it offers a gastro food menu, and a solid choice of local ales and ciders. The Brendon Arms in Bude is even closer; a traditional pub with a charming beer garden, just 200 yards from Summerleaze Beach which welcomes dogs through the autumn and winter months.
At Whalesborough we really are fortunate to be surrounded by so many unique and picturesque spots to explore with your four-legged friend, and it’s always a pleasure to point our guests in their direction! To learn more about the dog facilities we offer onsite at Whalesborough, check out our Dog Friendly Features page. For now, we hope that our recommendations and on-site facilities offer all the inspiration you need to book that Cornish getaway with us, see you soon!