Dog friendly cafes in Cornwall

Sigma author Sue Kittow does enjoy a cup of coffee (or two!) when she’s out walking! "I have a high metabolic rate and need refuelling regularly, so it’s much nicer to do it in the warmth with friends, and enjoy a piece of cake or biscuits!” she says. Here’s Sue’s guest blog about the dog-friendly cafes in Cornwall she has visited recently:

1. Jampot Cafe at Gwithian, near Godrevy Lighthouse

The Jampot Cafe overlooks Godrevy Lighthouse and lies snuggled in the towans like the gingerbread house in a children’s fairytale. Its owners bought it 18 years ago; it was once a look-out station in the Napoleonic Wars but now supplies wonderful homemade cakes and bacon sarnies to hungry hikers and visitors. It has an indoor seating area for when it’s cold, as well as tables and benches outside. There’s also even a book swap scheme if you’re staying nearby! Be assured of a warm welcome and great homemade food, whatever the time of year.

2. Trebah Gardens, near Mawnan Smith, Falmouth

Trebah cafe, shop and gardens are very popular with walkers and holidaymakers alike - all are always busy, whatever the time of year - and it’s one of the few large cafes in the area where dogs are allowed inside all year round. The produce is supplied by local suppliers and is always delicious, as is their coffee. Fortify yourselves with coffee and cake before walking it off on one of the many lovely walks nearby.

3. Bissoe Cycle Hire Cafe, Bissoe, near Devoran

This cafe is sited at the cycle hire office at Bissoe and is popular with those cycling or walking along the path from Devoran to the north coast of Cornwall. Bikes of all kinds may be rented here and any walk along the trail is punctuated by sideways leaps to avoid cyclists! The cafe is always warm and welcoming, with excellent coffee, vegetarian options and locally made soup, bread and cakes. Dogs welcome inside and out.

4. Cafe Mylor, Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth

Situated in the heart of Mylor Yacht Harbour, this cafe is very popular with sailors and walkers. The cafe also runs a Wednesday morning social dog walking meet, so people can walk with others, whilst dogs get water and dog biscuits. Locally-sourced Tregothnan tea, wonderful homemade cakes and dog treats are supplied before ramblers head off to Flushing or further afield.

5. Inkie’s Smokehouse, Golitha Falls

Unusual eatery Inkie's is situated in the car park at Golitha Falls, opposite: a very popular place to visit, particularly for dog walkers. It’s wise to check opening times in the winter, but this mobile cafe offers barbecues year round and is raising money to build a permanent smokehouse. They also offer cake, coffee and hot drinks.

6. Chapel Porth Cafe

There are so many walks to explore on this wonderful part of the north Cornwall coast before queueing up at Chapel Porth Cafe for the amazing food on offer, including homemade French onion soup, breakfast sandwiches, baguettes filled with cheese, onion, mushrooms and clotted cream, or their hedgehog ice creams and flapjacks. Once you’ve been here, you’ll certainly come back - even the dogs have their own tin of leftover flapjacks!

Sue Kittow is the author of Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers, Walks in the Footsteps of Winston Graham's Poldark and Discover Cornwall, which is being updated in a second edition for 2017. Follow Sue's adventures on Facebook

Created On  5 Apr 2017 15:40 in WalkingOutdoorsFood & drink  -  Permalink

This winter, carry on cycling!

In weather like this, it's tempting to stay indoors, but riding during winter months can bring unexpected pleasure, says Sigma author and guest blogger Dave Hancock.

Dedicated commuters and cycle couriers continue pedalling through all the seasons. For leisure cyclists, it's all too easy to hang up the helmet when the days get shorter and the temperature drops. Think again is my advice. With the correct preparation and precautions, winter cycle rides can be enjoyable. Winter landscapes have a particular beauty and a cup of tea mid-journey is never more refreshing than on a chilly January day!

What to wear:

There's no need to spend a lot of cash on special winter clothing. Essentially, you want extra layers on top of your summer kit. Arm warmers and a warm jacket, leg warmers or tights are the essentials. Then you'll need a pair of gloves, overshoes and a balaclava. An ordinary woollen scarf (not too long) has a variety of uses. Clear or prescription spectacles will help keep cold wind out of your eyes. Buy a cape – water drains off it while air circulates underneath! It packs up small and can also be used to sit on at refreshments stops. To carry this gear, you'll need a decent size saddlebag or bar bag.

Food and drink: Even if you plan to stop at a cafe on route, take food and drink with you. Hunger pangs seem to come earlier in cold weather and there's always a chance you'll have to wait around for a lift if something on your bike breaks.

Emergency kit:
Assuming you carry tyre levers and a spare inner tube anyway, it's as well to pack an additional tube – muddy lanes can disguise hazards such as thorns, flints and broken glass. If you get a puncture, remember you may get cold replacing the inner tube so look for a sheltered spot, a bus shelter or the forecourt of a filling station. So-called 'rigid' tyres can be hard to remove and re-fit with cold fingers compared to 'folding' tyres. You'll need a torch (e.g. a head torch) and don't forget your mobile phone. Carry spare batteries for the lights.

Three wheels better!

After falling off on black ice on one early morning December ride, I invested in a tricycle for use in the winter. The extra stability is reassuring on frosty roads; rear wheel inner tube changes are easier than on a cycle and having three frame-mounted rear lights is good for being visible. In days gone (when winters were probably more severe and cyclists perhaps a little keener) tricycles and tricycle conversion kits were very popular. The Tricycle Association is an excellent source of information and Longstaff Cycles offers both tricycle conversions and complete tricycles. Whether you ride with a group or solo, winter cycling can be fun. Go on, try it!

Dave Hancock is a keen cyclist and author of Cycle Rides in Shropshire and More Cycle Rides in Shropshire, both available from Sigma Press.
Created On  9 Jan 2017 11:34 in CyclingJanuary 2017Outdoors  -  Permalink