I’m a very lucky dog as my best friend takes me on holiday with her (mostly!) and so I get to explore new places, new woods, new beaches, and there are loads of new smells for me to sniff. This year, we went on two holidays in one trip, as we went to Cornwall for a week and then to North Wales for a week, followed by a birthday celebration in Oxfordshire. (I was quite glad to get home after all this, by the way – 2000 miles is a lot of driving!)

Anyway, this is my tale of our travels in Cornwall. Where we stayed was over 500 miles from home – the furthest I’ve been away from home ever!

We stayed in a lovely dog-friendly cottage called Vernon’s Retreat (I’m not sure who Vernon is – we didn’t meet him – just our lovely landlady-next-door who was ever so helpful and friendly). It was toasty warm, very comfortable and had LOTS of information about where I was welcome and where I wasn’t (that was especially handy for the beaches). The pub in the village, the Lanivet Inn, was also dog-friendly and we popped in there after a walk so I could bark at the other dogs. Well, I don’t think I was meant to, but I was there first so it was MY pub, right?

We had a great week there, mostly thanks to Toby the Dalmatian. I didn’t know Toby (sadly he went OTRB in 2011) but he wrote the most fantastic book telling you about all the great walks you and your humans can do in Cornwall.

book of walks

Every walk we did was a winner!

We did all of the walks near us – King’s Wood, Cardinham Woods, Luxulyan Valley, Padstow Beach – and they were all fantastic.Β  We also did some other walks, but Toby’s were easily the best!

For most of the week, our good friend Linda was with us. She’s great. She throws the ball for me loads, and for some reason that’s much more fun than when @HeatherAlex throws it so I usually take it to Linda for throwing πŸ™‚

linda throws ball

Throw it again, please please please – yay!

Our first walks were in Cardinham Woods.

map of cardinham woods

We did all of these trails at least once!

There’s one walk where you go past an old mine and can catch a glimpse of the old engine house and chimney. We did that walk once and didn’t spot the buildings at all. I think it’s because it was raining and the people had their heads down trying to get back to the car. Because, honestly, they are very easy to see if you just look! We went back another day, and there they were, right by the path πŸ™‚

chimney in the trees

See – it’s pretty obvious really…

Another of Toby’s walks was in a beautiful valley, called the Luxulyan Valley. You wouldn’t know it to look at it now, but it was a very industrial valley in its time. There’s a bit of a tramway that forms part of the path (it was a horse-drawn railway really) and up in the valley there are old buildings from that time…


The old Wheelpit – I had a good sniff round this

Water was delivered to turn the wheel using “leats” – I liked checking them out in case there were any small furries lurking at the banks:

stone bridge

This little bridge is handy for checking out the leat…

This was part of a building that dried china clay…

china clay dry - chimney

…there’s lots of wildlife there now – I disappeared for a while to go sniff it out πŸ™‚

At the far end of the walk, there was a viaduct and aqueduct across the valley so we just had to go out and walk on it, of course.

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The aqueduct is dry just now, but runs right under the viaduct…

It’s amazing how beautiful an industrial site can become when it’s left to recover, with interesting reminders of what used to be there.

path thru trees

And it had lots of places to sniff out furries…

That afternoon, we went hunting for camels on the Camel Trail:

camel trail sign

We didn’t see a single camel! 😦

We did see lots of bikes though, and I had to stay on the lead because I could’ve found my way into fields with sheep (I think that’s why Toby didn’t put this walk in his book, to be honest).

cycle path

Too many cyclists – I think they scared off the camels…

The next day, we headed off to the Eden Project. This too is an old industrial site – it used to be an old clay pit so it is pretty amazing how it has been changed. It turns out that this was the main reason why we came to Cornwall but – impressive as the place is to the humans – it wasn’t my favourite day, sad to say.


I wasn’t allowed inside these big bubbles 😦

It is dog-friendly – we’re allowed in the outdoor grounds and some of the buildings, and there’s shaded parking for when the people want to visit the bubbles and have to leave us dogs in the car. But I did spend quite a lot of time snoozing in the car – it was a bit lonely 😦

Still, I did get to walk around the outdoor part later on (on a lead, mind you) and found a few interesting bits to have a sniff at.

on stone seat

Wonder what’s on the other side of this?

I was allowed inside the Core building so we had a wander round that. I was a wee bit bored though…

twiglet yawning

…very clever, but can we go get lunch please? *yawn*

We went to have lunch in a dog-friendly pub called the Ship Inn, right near the beach at Par so we could go for a walk and run around the beach afterwards. Sadly the weather changed while we had lunch and it was VERY windy on the beach. It was a bit too windy, even for me, and I kept getting sand in my eyes, so after a few minutes I had had enough …

ball catching on beach

… sorry folks, I’m going back to the car!

So far we’d explored the middle of Cornwall and the south coast, so the next day it was the turn of the north coast. Being right in the middle of Cornwall was very handy! We went to a place called Padstow – among other things, it has a nice beach, as recommended by Toby, so off we went to explore it.

view across estuary

Lovely views, but I’d quite like to go to the beach…

It turns out that this is where the River Camel meets the sea. So THAT is what the Camel Trail is – it’s by the River Camel! Why they called a river after an animal from the desert beats me. Still, deserts have sand and so do beaches…

Twiglet on beach

…quite a LOT of sand, as it turns out πŸ™‚

After running about and chasing my ball for a while, we went to find a dog-friendly pub called The Cornish Arms. It was very lovely, and very dog-friendly, with quite a lot of dogs. I barked a bit at some of them, but then I did settle down to chew my bone, so I was allowed to stay πŸ™‚

After lunch, we went to Harlyn Bay along the coast a bit. It’s not one of Toby’s walks, which may be because it has a car park where you have to pay quite a lot even just for an hour or so. It has a massive beach too, but we were off for a walk on the South West Coast Path, so we didn’t worry about playing on the beach.

Actually it was quite hard to get across the beach if you wanted to keep your feet dry. @HeatherAlex just splashed through the stream but Linda decided to try and keep her feet dry…

rock clambering

Hard work, but the shoes stayed dry!

It was still quite windy though not as bad as the day before…

beach safety flag

You can see the beach flag blowin’ in the wind…

waves on the beach

…and the waves were HUGE – much bigger than me!

bay view

There are just so many fab beaches here…this one is further along the coast path

lifeboat station

A house on stilts, very odd…

For the next couple of days, we were on our own, so we went back to Cardinham Woods to find that old mine chimney – which we did, of course. We also did one more of Toby’s walks, at King’s Wood near St Austell. It was a nice walk through the woods and by a stream.

twiglet by stream

I like exploring woods and streams… it’s my favourite kind of walk

twiglet in stream

…especially if I can paddle in the stream too

That afternoon, we headed back to Par Sands for a less windy visit, thank goodness. I chased my ball and I found some places where furries live too…

twiglet on the dunes

Surveying the beach…

on beach with ball

I had fun with my ball…

Twiglet at hole

… then I found some rabbit holes in the bank of the stream…

twiglet in hole

What else could a terrier do…??

It’s just a shame I was on the lead – I’m sure I could have headed further in and found the furries…

Still, that was the end of the walk for me, and pretty much the end of our week in Cornwall too. We headed home and packed up all our stuff (we always seem to have a LOT of stuff!) so that we could drive north to Wales the next day. We had a great time in Cornwall, I loved it and was sorry to leave. I think we will have to go back…