Here at Wooda Farm Holiday Park, in Poughill just outside of Bude, we know how important it is for the whole family to enjoy their holiday, whether they have four legs or two! We have many dog-friendly camping and holiday options that make it a breeze to include your canine companions in your time away, from a delightful dog-friendly campsite to our dog-friendly holiday cottages and luxury lodges that are perfect to accommodate an extra furry friend or two too!
Once you and your canine companion have chosen your Bude-adjacent dog-friendly accommodation from our superb selection, you can start to look at what Bude has to offer in the way of dog-friendly delights, and you definitely won’t be disappointed. From breathtaking walks that will take you on journeys through history and some of the best scenery the county (and country!) has to offer, to a myriad of resplendent restaurants, cosy cafes and perfect pubs that will welcome you and your dogs with open arms.
All this and we haven’t even mentioned the huge choice of dreamy dog-friendly beaches in the area or the colossal Southwest Coast Path, both perfect options for letting off some steam and sniffing out a beautiful bounty of new smells.
In this post, we will be giving you the low-down on just a few of the things that dog-friendly Bude has to offer for those of you looking for that perfect holiday in North Cornwall with your dogs. And keep an eye open for our companion post that will outline all of the fabulous facilities and awesome accommodation options we have, here at Wooda Farm, to make your stay with your furriest family members one to remember.
When taking a dog-friendly holiday in beautiful Bude and its surrounding area with our four-legged friends one of the most joyous things is seeing the love our dogs have for the beach and the sea. Thankfully we have a spectacular selection of some of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall right on our doorstep that are perfect for rowdy romps and wonderful walks.
This little gem has no restrictions for dogs all year round and is a stone’s throw from our gates, here at Wooda. Northcott is also home to the fantastic Sip & Sea, famous for serving some of the best Cornish cream teas in the area during the Summer, perfect for refuelling after a long walk by the sea!
National Trust owned and with its very own waterfall, Sandymouth is popular with dog owners as it is dog-friendly all year round, although accessibility is fairly poor as the walk from the car park is quite steep. However, it is well worth the trip once you’re down there and when the tide is out you can walk all the way to Summerleaze Beach.
One of Bude’s more popular beaches due to its easy accessibility and fabulous facilities. It welcomes dogs all year round although they must be on leads from 21st May through to 30th September (10 am – 6 pm). During peak season, they can run lead-free first thing in the morning or later in the evening.
Crooklets Beach (attached to Summerleaze Beach) offers a huge expanse of golden sand and rock pools to explore once the tide is out. With a large car park and easy access, as well as being close to several dog-friendly cafes, it makes a great choice for dog lovers during the Autumn and Winter (Seasonal dog ban from 10am to 6pm from 15th May to 30th September).
Widemouth Bay and Black Rock Beach
Widemouth Bay is a beautiful beach and very popular with locals and visitors alike! With a large carpark, easy access and a couple of options when it comes to nearby food and drink options, it’s a great choice for a winter dog walk! Dogs are welcome throughout the low season but are banned from Easter Day until September 30th.
Wonderful North Cornwall Dog Walks
All within a short walk of our dog-friendly campsite and dog-friendly cottages and lodges, these wonderful walks are enough to provide even the most ardent dog-walker with enough mileage to last at least a dozen holidays with us, here at Wooda Farm Holidays.
South West Coast Path
630 miles of exquisite coastal pathways alongside the 87-mile Tamara Coast-to-Coast Way allows you and your dogs to, in theory, circumnavigate the whole of Cornwall on foot if you have the energy! For those of us with an average energy level, these paths provide nearly endless walking opportunities for you and your dogs when divided into more manageable sections. Check out their websites and pre-plan your routes.
Bursting with wildlife and beautiful countryside panoramas, Tamar Lakes is a beautiful spot for a walk with your four-legged friends. And with the Frog Hopper cafe onsite, you can rest and refresh with fantastic views after your superb sojourn. There’s even a play area for the children.
Welcoming guests from the end of March through to October, the former Abbey and current family home, hosts beautiful gardens, grounds, a beach walk and a terrific tea room. The perfect pooch paradise and a great day out for the humans too.
Dog-Friendly Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants
Here in North Cornwall, we are lucky in that many of the local eateries and watering holes allow dogs all year round. We have chosen just a few of our favourites to whet your appetite but this list of dog-friendly options is certainly not exhaustive by any means!
Preston Gate Inn– Top of our list is of course the wonderful Preston Gate Inn, not only because they’re located within walking distance of Wooda, but also because they serve some of the best food and drink in the local area, offer a great selection of events and live music, and they are dog-friendly!
Brendon Arms – a family-run Inn near beautiful Summerleaze beach. Serving traditional pub food and real ales from the West Country, this is a popular pit stop with families and dog lovers.
Bay View Inn – North Cornwall’s worst-kept secret, this laid-back restaurant has some of the finest sea views anywhere in the world. The food is exceptional transforming the finest local ingredients into scene-stealing dishes of their own. On sunshine-filled days, nothing beats dining al fresco with the dog sitting and snoozing at your feet!
Rosie’s Kitchen – with plenty of dining space and being child-friendly, dog-friendly and located in a beautiful setting right next to Crooklets beach, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Rosie’s!
Life’s a Beach – Enjoy beautiful food whilst overlooking Summerleaze Beach. A great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
The Bank Tapas Bar– with a relaxed and welcoming atmoshphere, the Bank is a favourite of ours, serving delicious tapas made with local ingredients, it’s dog friendly too!
Crooklets Beach Cafe– Serving family favourites and a delicious range of drinks, this Cafe is located right on the beach front at Crooklets, with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Weir – located just outside of Bude, The Weir is a set at the start of the canal walk, making it the perfect place to stop with your pooch for some well earned food and drink.
So when it comes to bringing your favourite furry friends on holiday in Bude, you are sure to give your dogs the time of their lives. Whether it’s walking the coast path, enjoying the beautiful beaches or just cosying up in a delightful dog-friendly pub, you and your canine companions are sure to make some memories that will last a lifetime.
PS Don’t forget to check out our next blog about all the fabulous dog-friendly accommodation options and facilities we have here at Wooda Farm Holidays!
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