As Poppy’s very first assignment as #CanineCritic2018 for Canine Cottages, we headed down to North Cornwall for our first trip to uncover everything dog friendly.
We were staying in the lovely Bootlace Barn just outside of Bude on a working farm. The cottage was a great base for the weekend, with everything we needed from tea, coffee and fresh milk, to wine and cookies! We had a lovely warm welcome from the owner and felt immediately at home with the cosy interior. Poppy quickly found her favourite spot on the sofa by the log burner for a snooze after a busy day of adventures.
Our first stop of the weekend was Appledore, a gorgeous village near to Bideford full of character and colourful little cottages. We stopped at Market Street Kitchen, a lovely dog-friendly café on a pretty back street in the village, for our first scone (but not last!) of the weekend.
One evening, we headed into Bude after a beach stroll to Starboard at Rosie’s Kitchen, a lovely dog-friendly restaurant overlooking Crooklets beach, with beautiful sunset sea views and delicious pizzas from their wood-fired oven.
The weather wasn’t always on our side during our Cornwall trip, so we took shelter in a lovely pub called The Springer Spaniel near Launceston. We had the best welcome from their gorgeous pub puppy Ernie then headed straight for the table by the log fire to dry off. There were treats on hand to keep Poppy happy and a delicious menu to choose from for the humans.
Our first walk of the weekend took us to Hartland Quay, a remote headland on the South West Coast Path.We walked for about half an hour along the path to Spekes Mill Mouth, a beautiful waterfall cascading off the clifftop and down to the sea below.
As with most coastal paths, it’s not a flat walk with plenty of ups and downs and hills and cliffs, but it was well worth the effort and the rugged rocks along the coastal path are just stunning.
We were keen to explore as much of the coastline as we could, so headed to a very busy Boscastle to start our 2nd walk of the trip. It’s a very steep coastal path out of Boscastle but this immediately took us away from the crowds.
The views from the top were spectacular, and a half hour walk along the coastal path brought us to Boscastle Farm Shop and Café, the perfect place to catch our breaths and pick up some treats for Poppy. Although dogs aren’t allowed inside the café and farm shop, they have a great range of dog treats and gifts, and a large garden area to sit outside and enjoy the views.
As our cottage was only a 10 minute drive from Bude, we had several beaches close to our cottage for the weekend. We were keen to spend the evening in Bude to see our very first Cornish sunset, and it did not disappoint. We had a lovely walk along Summerleaze beach with its colourful beach huts, where Poppy was happy to have a good run around and make lots of new four-legged friends.
Another beach we absolutely loved was Duckpool, a quiet and remote beach surrounded by cliffs, and a stone’s throw from our cottage. There aren’t any dog restrictions on this beach, and Poppy absolutely loved it! She immediately started zoomies in and out of the rock pools until she was completely soaked. It was probably our favourite beach of the weekend, a perfect mix of sandy stretches and rocky coves and pools.
This was our very first trip to Cornwall, and although we were a little unlucky with the weather, we can’t wait to go back! We’ll be in Cornwall for a full week with Canine Cottages in March 2019.
Thanks for reading,
Cara, Andy and Poppy x