Visiting Carnewas at Bedruthan with your dog
Dogs are welcome at Carnewas and Bedruthan and there are plenty of clifftop footpaths for dog walkers to explore all year round. After burning some energy on the coastal paths, you can take a break in the tea-room garden and picnic area, where dogs are welcome too. Below are some top tips for anyone planning a visit with their dog.
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.
Carnewas at Bedruthan is a two pawprint rated place.
These places have water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walks. You’ll be able to take your dog into some areas, but not everywhere. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go?
Dogs and their owners can explore the many clifftop footpaths around Carnewas at Bedruthan. If you're venturing along the coastal paths, watch out for sheer cliff edges and grazing livestock.
Dogs are welcome in the tea-room garden and picnic area, but should be kept under close control at all times.
Following a cliff fall, there's currently no access to Bedruthan beach, (not a National Trust site).
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
Where can’t my dog go?
Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the shop and tea-room.
Facilities available for my dog
There are waste bins at Carnewas and Park Head car parks where you can dispose of dog waste. Water bowls are available at the car park hut and outside the shop and tea-room when staff are present.
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.
A rock fall in 2019 means access to the beach at Carnewas at Bedruthan has been closed, while the National Trust works on how a route could be safely reinstated while also protecting the cliff face.
There's plenty to discover at Carnewas at Bedruthan, Cornwall. From exploring local history and long walks to wildlife watching and stargazing, there's something for everyone.
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