Dog Friendly Walks and Pubs

February 1, 2013 1:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Dog Friendly Walks and Pubs

Camp Dog HarveyWhen I am not on duty as Camp Dog/Security I will be out and about as my favourite pastime is walking with my owners.

The best walks we like are circular walks, taking in part of the Cornwall coast, and also the lovely countryside of Cornwall. Any walk usually also takes in a dog friendly pub, either at the middle, or end, or sometimes both!!

My first walk after collecting the keys to our new home, started off very excitingly. I got to ride on a ferry with my owners over from the beautiful town of Fowey across the Estuary to Polruan where the walk commenced.  This walk takes in the famous Hall Walk and gives fabulous views of the Estuary and Pont Pill Creek, passing through Pont itself.  The second part of the walk is open coastal cliffs.

Before setting off on the actual walk, we spent time exploring Polruan. This is a fine little Cornwall port full of character and little alleyways.  There is still a rich sense of the former sea dominated days

The first part of the walk, the well signed “Hall Walk” passes through peaceful countryside that was once owned by wealthy gentry. I am advised by my owners that it is called the Hall Walk as it was a walk between two ferry crossings allowing fantastic views of the Hall and Fowey. It was only walked by the owners and invited guests of the Hall after taking the ferry over from Fowey. Being a Royal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel I am sure I would have been eligible to have walked it then, but I am not sure the same could be said for my owners ;).

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A map of the walk, click to make larger

After passing through the countryside we came to a lovely little Cornish Creek called Pont .  It was then a crossover to the other side where we followed the other side of the Creek until we came out at Boddinick .  We were early birds on this day, and so whilst the Old Ferry Inn looked very good, it was not yet open.  This pub I am advised is dog friendly, and the human menu looked good, with lots of fish dishes. My owners informed me that there is another ferry going over to Fowey from here which takes cars over and people.

All along this part of the walk, we had fantastic views of Fowey, and the Pont Pill Creek.  It was amazing to see all of the mooring buoys, and I shall be returning in the summer to see the boats themselves.

After Boddinick it was back across the fields where I resisted chasing the sheep in the fields and back to Pont.  From Pont we walked over to the Church of St Winwaloe where Daphne du Maurier was married.  My owners had to explain to me who Daphne du Maurier was, as I do not get much time for reading due to my many important roles!!!

After the Church we joined the coastal path close to the Pencarrow Car Park, for the last leg of the walk back to Polruan.  I have to say that coastal walking is my second favourite, after chasing squirrels in woods so I was very happy with this.  This bit of the walk was part of the South West Coast Path and so was very well signed, and once again afforded wonderful views of Cornwall, with rugged cliffs.

The walk ended in Polruan, and we ended with quite a steep climb down, which I do not mind, as I like a climb, up or down.  Then my owners seemed to have a dilemma – where to go for lunch?!  Polruan had a choice of two character pubs, both dog friendly.  Fowey also had a good choice of dog friendly places to eat.  As my owners take a pack up for me, I did not mind as they all looked good.  In the end my owners opted for The Ship Inn in Fowey near to the Quay.  Seafood Chowder, for one, and Cornish Sardines for the other, which I am advised was delicious.  I was happy as there was a comfy carpet, a log fire, and my pack up had all of my favourite treats.

My mark for this walk is – 10 out of 10.

If you are unable to make head or tail out of my drawing, then my owners will be more than happy to set you on the right track for this walk.

So in case you didn’t know I am Harvey (The Camp Dog), and I live at The Meadow touring camping and caravan site, Pentewan.  My owners cater for motor homes, touring caravans and tents. So if you are looking for a delightful campsite in Cornwall for your next UK holiday……and to meet me (of course) then give my owners Lynn, or John a call on 01726 844383/07712599745 or use the enquiry form here.

Looking forward to meeting you – woof/wagging tail.