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A Day (or days) on the Lizard Peninsula
There is rather a lot to do here but you can mix and match and make a day / visit to suit you and the time you have. There is a map at the bottom of the page where the places mentioned are marked.
Take the A3083 from Helston leading you onto the Lizard Peninsula. You will drive past RNAS Culdrose a Royal Naval Air Station, one of Europe’s busiest helicopter bases. If you are interested there is a viewing area (turn left for Coverack at the roundabout and then left as signed) from which if you are lucky you can watch some aircraft taking off and landing – there is a notice board giving details of crafts.
From here decide between A and B below (or do both if you have time).
Option A is good if you would like a walk or food. Head to Lizard Village Cornwall at the head of the Lizard Peninsula. You can park for free in the centre of Lizard village and take a walk along the coast path. There is a map just to the side of the toilets setting out various walks from the village so you can choose a route to suit how far you would like to walk – the views are fantastic - take a walk which passes the Lighthouse and Lizard point and then you can visit the Polpeor cafe at Lizard Point (opens weekends only out of season and shut in Winter) which serves gorgeous food, has amazing views over the cliffs and out to sea and is dog friendly inside and on the terrace. They serve hot meals, snacks and drinks. (one point to note is they do not have toilets - there are some in the National Trust Car Park about a 5 / 10 minute walk away) BEWARE WHEN WALKING ON THE COAST PATH OF ADDERS keep dogs on a lead (see our Hazards for dogs in Cornwall page for more information).
On your return to the village there are two pubs – The Top House is dog friendly in the bar area and the Witch Bowl has a dog friendly area inside and a large outside area. If it is a nice day there are also lots of places to eat and sit outside, including The Old Forge which has a lovely tea garden and interesting little museum area showing the history of the Forge or The Snack Shack, or there is also an excellent fish and chip shop in the centre of the village and plenty of places to enjoy eating them. The pubs and Snack Shack open all year - other places have seasonal variations. You can then move on to the parts of option B which take your fancy.
Take the B3293 road towards Coverack.
You will pass Trelowarren Estate (signed as a left turn not far after the right turning at the roundabout). You weave down a windy lane through acres of countryside and follow the road to a parking area – payment depends on the time of year. This is a beautiful estate with lots of walking, a lovely plant shop which attracts lots of birds, two gallery shops displaying impressive local works at a variety of prices and both definitely worth a look (I don’t think there is a set dog policy, I think it is at their discretion, I have been in both with my dog Millie but she is a small dog and well behaved, boisterous and large dogs may be at risk of knocking things over in the more formal gallery – but are probably welcome in the gallery opposite the cafe) and a bistro / cafe. (dogs are not allowed inside but there is seating outside in the courtyard if the weather is nice.) There are toilets by the courtyard.
From here return to the road to Coverack Cornwall. After the right turn to Coverack you quickly come to a left turn to Roskilly’s. Famous for Cornish ice cream and fudge Roskilly’s have set up a farm complex with cute court yard tea garden and an ice cream shop with a huge range of flavours to choose from. I can definitely recommend the ice cream it is delicious, the food is ok but nothing special. The complex also has a craft, gift, furniture and stained glass shop and Inlight organic skin care factory and small outlet (their skin care is lovely) you can pop in an sample their products. Dogs are not allowed in the ice cream shop or restaurant / cafe but the courtyard is a nice place to sit, covered in parts and they are welcome here. After refreshments you can take a walk around the duck pond (a dogs favourite!) and explore the farm (obviously dogs may be restricted from areas of the farm close to animals). Millie has been and enjoyed her visit to Roskilly’s.
Ready to move on? Carry on to Coverack Cornwall, a picturesque harbour village with a dog friendly beach all year. Millie loves the beach here and exploring on the rocks. I would recommend checking the tide times before visiting and go when the tide is out, or half in or half out as when the tide is in it comes very close to the wall and there is very little beach left to go on. Millie (equipped with doggie life jacket) has even ventured on a Kayak here. There is a place to hire Kayaks and have windsurf lessons.
Returning from here you could carry on to Gweek Cornwall and the Cornish Seal sanctuary see the idea on the Days out With Dogs List or go on to Lizard Village for dinner.
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