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Dog friendly Bude

Dog friendly Bude

We are very much a dog friendly Tourist Information Centre in Bude, the majority of staff here have dogs and visitors with dogs are always welcome whatever the time of year. These days there seem to be more and more which is testament to how dog friendly Bude has become.

As a country of dog lovers it’s only natural to bring the dog when you go on holiday and Bude offers so much choice for dog owners. Gone are the days when you were scratching your head trying to find places that welcomed you and your dog.

Given the choice, your dog would vote to visit dog friendly Bude and they wouldn’t be alone, many others have done the same which is why Bude won gold at the British Travel Awards for Best Coastal Resort in the UK 2015 and 2016.

If you have decided to visit Cornwall for your holidays, the fabulous beaches must be top of your wish list, but not all Cornish beaches are dog friendly.  In some parts of Cornwall it’s hard to find a beach that allows dogs, especially in the summer as this map shows.

Thankfully, the vast majority of Bude’s award winning beaches are dog friendly all year round. There are some restrictions in the summer months on the busier beaches, but the popular town beach at Summerleaze does allow dogs throughout the year.  However, during the summer season, dogs need to be on leads during the day when the RNLI life guards are on duty between 10-6pm.

Outside of these times they are free to roam. Nothing beats walking along the shoreline as the sun goes down watching, your dog playing in the waves or chasing in circles around the beach having a wonderful time.

In addition to the dog friendly Bude beaches, there is the hidden gem of the Bude Canal.  You may not come to Bude because of it, but once discovered will be another reason to come back!

Unique to Bude, the canal was constructed between 1819 and 1825 and was built to carry sand from the beach to enhance the poor quality agricultural land nearby.

Today only parts of the Canal remain accessible, but a flat tarmac two mile path follows the line of the water up to Helebridge, making a great dog friendly walk any time of the year.

The path is pushchair and wheelchair friendly so it’s a walk all the family can enjoy. A leaflet is available within Bude Tourist Information Centre which outlines the Bude Canal circular route and gives you some historical background information.

Many local attractions now allow dogs, which is another reason which dog friendly Bude is so popular.

Generally speaking any attraction that’s animal related do not allow dogs for obvious reasons but all is not lost as they may offer shaded parking, onsite kennels, dog walking nearby or flexibility in returning to your car as often as you need to.

At the end of the day, holidays are for all the family and its never quite the same if someone is missing. So bring your dog with you, they will have more fun visiting dog friendly Bude than staying at home without you.

Here are a few suggestions from us to get you started but its the tip of the iceberg. If you want to pick our brains at the Bude Tourist Office for more ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Milky Way Adventure Park Just over the border into Devon, this family friendly park has a bit of everything, roller coasters, slides, massive ball pools, its own mini train track and maze to get lost in! Dogs are allowed on site but not inside the building or to the live shows and the bird of prey display.

Clovelly Village  Dogs are allowed into the village and there are 2 superb scenic walks from the visitor centre of between 3-4 miles.

The Eden Project Has allowed visitors to bring dogs for sometime now. (There are restrictions, they are not allowed in the biomes or other eating areas.) They have also added more covered parking in the car park and dog waste bins around the site.

Hartland Abbey and Gardens  No dogs in the house, but you can go into the gardens and they have a lovely walk through the woods down to the beach.  They do ask that dogs are kept on a leads at all times.

Docton Mill Garden and Tearooms   Allow dogs on leads, as they have their own resident dogs.  In addition to the garden there is a lovely walk to the coast of about 20-25 minutes to Spekes Waterfall this links onto the South West Coast Path and Hartland Quay if you’re feeling energetic and want a longer walk.

Pencarrow House and Gardens  Dogs need to be kept on a lead around the immediate vicinity of the house and Peacock Cafe. However, once you are approaching the woodland walks, you can let them off the lead for a good run. There are designated shady car parking spaces in the car park for dog owners, the gift shop staff can advise if you cant find one.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway  Dogs are allowed for free, but must remain on the floor and not the seats. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the dining train.

Bude Bikes  Located in Bude next to Petherick Mill and the traffic free cycle trail for Bude Canal, they have dog trailers that attach to bikes. They also offer bike hirer at Tamar Lakes has a cycle track around the lake, but even without the bike, it’s another good dog walk.

Bridge Bike Hire based in Wadebridge offers the same which give access to the traffic free cycling on the Camel Trail.

We hope our dog friendly Bude suggestions have whetted your appetite.  We also have a follow up blog with dog friendly places to eat.

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