Dog friendly cafes in Cornwall

Sigma author Sue Kittow does enjoy a cup of coffee (or two!) when sheís out walking! "I have a high metabolic rate and need refuelling regularly, so itís much nicer to do it in the warmth with friends, and enjoy a piece of cake or biscuits!Ē she says. Hereís Sueís 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 childrenís 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 itís cold, as well as tables and benches outside. Thereís also even a book swap scheme if youíre 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 itís 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. Inkieís 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. Itís 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 youíve been here, youíll 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

5 walks in winter wonderlands

We love December, with its crisp mornings, low afternoon sunshine and excuses to sip hot chocolate amidst beautiful scenery! So get your woollies on, get outdoors and get going on some of the loveliest winter walks the UK has to offer!

1. Hadrianís Wall, Northern England
Work on Hadrianís Wall - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - began nearly 2,000 years ago, with modifications added until the early 5th century. Running virtually from the east coast to the west, the Wall was intended as a barrier to separate the civilised Romans from the ĎBarbariansí in the north and, although itís commonly thought to mark the divide between England and Scotland, in fact Northumberland lies largely north of it. Ambitious walkers can tackle the entire Hadrianís Wall Path, an 84-mile National Trail, whilst others might prefer to focus their efforts along the breathtaking central section, from Sewingshields to Walltown. Linear walks along the remains of the Wall are easy to follow, whilst a host of circular routes are available to add variety to a dayís adventure.

Start from: Sewingshields, 1km north-east of Housesteads Roman fort, grid ref. NY799700

Photo: Andrew Walmsley

2. Kilmar Tor, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Kilmar Tor is on Bodmin Moor, made famous by Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurierís novel of smugglers and pirates. Kilmar Tor marks the birthplace of the Jamaica Inn landlord and his two brothers, one of whom died in a nearby bog. To the north of the tor is Twelve Menís Moor, whilst thereís a trig point to bag on the summit. Geocachers love the long granite ridge, whilst circular walks to the peak and back are perfect for a bracing weekend ramble.

Start from: Road layby, grid ref. SW258759

Photo: Sue Kittow

3. Garwnant, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Thereís so much more to Merthyr than meets the eye, and this forestry winter wonderland is fast becoming one of the areaís hiking hotspotsÖ which is bad news for those who liked it being a hidden secret! Garwnant is part of the Fforest Fawr Geopark, one of eight geoparks in the UK and which rolls out over the stunning Brecon Beacons all the way from Merthyr to Carmarthenshire. A number of trails start near the visitor centre, one being the two-mile Wern Walk, on which tired walkers can stop for a break on the Giantís Chair!

Start from: Garwnant Visitor Centre, OS ref. SO003131

Photo: Rebecca Lees

4. Fritham, New Forest, Hampshire

This eight-miler through woodland, wetland and heathland is perfect in the deep mid-winter, particularly for nature lovers on the lookout for signs of wildlife. Although badgers rarely emerge from their setts before dusk, their nocturnal trails are most prominent in winter as vegetation dies back and reveals telltales signs for the eager-eyed. Hen harriers can be spotted in the New Forest throughout the colder months, whilst mandarin ducks can often be seen at Eyeworth Pond, the cinnamon, orange, black and white plumage of the males making a striking sight on the water. Largely along visible paths but a little off the beaten track in sections, this strenuous walk is sure to get the blood flowing and handily passes the High Corner Inn halfway around - perfect for a warming beverage or two!

Start from: Eyeworth Pond, grid ref. SU228146

Photo: Andrew Walmsley

5. Coniston, Lake District National Park, Cumbria

If thereís one thing we love more than a nice brisk walk, itís a nice brisk walk with cakes at the end! This stunning walk alongside Coniston Water enjoys wonderful views of the ĎOld Maní and ends up at the Bluebird Cafe - does life get much better?! At five miles long and the third largest of the Lakes, Coniston was once an essential fish source for medieval monks. In the 19th century, the philosopher John Ruskin bought Brantwood House, overlooking its shores, whilst Arthur Ransome based Swallows and Amazons on the lake too. Perhaps most famously, land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell died on the water in 1967 whilst successfully attempting to achieve a speed of more than 300mph in Bluebird. The cafe, named in honour of Donaldís jet-powered boat, serves up a delicious selection of tiffin, cupcakes, sticky ginger loaf and apricot brownies - and a great view back across your route, of course!

Start from: Bluebird Cafe, Coniston, grid ref. SD308970

Photo: Catherine Savidge
Created On  7 Dec 2016 15:45 in Walking  -  Permalink