Canine Critic

Poppy's coastal holiday in Cornwall

Kirsty 10 April 2019

We can’t quite believe how quickly our year as #CanineCritic2018 has gone by, and for our final week-long adventure we chose to spend a week exploring beautiful Cornwall. It’s an area of the UK that we’ve never really visited before but it really did make for a perfect final trip.

A beautiful modern cottage in the lovely port of Charlestown…

Poppy chill

Arriving to a proper Cornish cream tea laid out for us and a tin of treats, bed and bowl for Poppy we knew immediately we were going to love it at Harbour Breeze. This cottage was pretty special, in fact, we’re already talking about planning our next trip to stay there! With plenty of space, spotless modern bathrooms and all the mod cons (including wine fridge!) we had everything we needed for a perfect week away.

The cottage was within an easy 5-minute walk of Charlestown harbour which was a perfect base for the week. We especially loved visiting the dog-friendly cafes of Short and Strong for their AMAZING waffles and Charlie's Coffee House for a morning coffee.

Poppy coffee

Lots of dog friendly towns and things to do…

A real highlight of our trip was a wine tour and tasting at the dog-friendly Trevibban Mill Vineyard. It’s never something we’d have expected to be dog-friendly but Poppy was welcomed on our tour and given treats while we were all drinking wine!

Poppy Charlestown

We were also surprised how dog-friendly the little towns we stopped off at were, these were some of our must-visits:

St Ives 

With amazing beaches and so many dog-friendly shops, St Ives was a lovely place to spend a few hours exploring. Make sure to stop off at Moomaid of Zennor for a yummy ice cream cone on the harbour front.


Poppy Mevagissey

A quaint little fishing town with brightly coloured cottages lining the streets down to the harbour. We absolutely loved visiting Teacup Tearoom for a delicious cream tea. This was of the most dog-friendly cafes we’ve ever visited, with towels, blankets, beds and dog jammie dodgers for Poppy to tuck in to!


Poppy Padstow

We couldn’t come to Cornwall without a stop in Padstow. It was definitely the best spot for shopping all week, and we loved how welcome Poppy was in all of the little shops. We stopped by at Greens of Padstow for incredible burgers with views overlooking the Padstow harbour.

Beaches that look like they’re straight out of the Caribbean…

One of the things we were most excited about on our Cornwall trip was spending plenty of time on the beach, especially given all of the sunshine we were lucky enough to have! The crystal-clear seas and white sands were honestly breathtaking and we couldn’t quite believe we were in England! Here are some of our favourites:

Bedruthan Steps 

One of our favourite beaches on the whole trip. The views from the clifftop are spectacular but if you don’t mind A LOT of steps, head down to see the truly incredible beaches dotted with enormous stacks of rocks. (Make sure you go at low tide because the beach isn’t there at all at high tide!).

Porthkidney Sands 

Poppy beach

An enormous sandy beach perfect for Poppy to run around and play frisbee. We parked in Lelant and walked along this beach and on the coast path into St Ives before catching the train back!

Daymer Bay

A beautiful long sandy beach that connects to Rock beach at low tide. This was a really dog-friendly beach and Poppy had so much fun playing with all the other dogs. We walked along the beach to Rock and caught the ferry over to Padstow for lunch.

Mawgan Porth 

We found this beach almost by accident on a walk along the coast path from Bedruthan Steps. A great dog-friendly beach with lots of space for Poppy to run around!

Poppy Beach 2

Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder

With turquoise water and white sand, these two beaches were really special. We parked up at the Minack Theatre and walked down the cliff path to get the views of Porthcurno from above, then along the coast path to see the views of Pedn Vounder.

This trip was the most amazing ending to a fantastic year discovering dog-friendly spots around the UK as #CanineCritic2018. We hope you’ve enjoyed following our adventures and we can’t wait to see what the next Canine Critics get up to!

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