Visiting Botallack with your dog
With miles of the South West Coast Path to explore, the ‘Tin Coast’ is great for dog walks. From Botallack, the mining remains and ocean views provide the setting for you and your canine companion to stretch your legs for as little or as long as you want.
Our pawprint rating system
We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.
Botallack is a one pawprint rated place.
Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go at Botallack?
Dogs on a lead are welcome in the cafe and footpaths around Botallack. The South West Coast Path stretches for miles in both directions.
What facilities are available for dogs?
There are water bowls by the cafe entrance. There is a dog waste bin in the car park.
What do I need to be aware of?
Botallack was a mine, because of this there are mineshafts and steep, unguarded drops. The terrain can be very uneven and there are some narrow and informal paths. We ask that you please keep your dogs on a lead and keep to the footpaths. Cattle or ponies graze many of our sites at different times of the year. Please don’t approach or feed livestock, keep dogs on a lead (unless cattle come close in which case you should release them) and try not to get between animals and their young.
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
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