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Visiting Penrose with your dog

A visitors in wellies with a grey top and scarf, walks on the waters edge on the beach, with a small dog on a lead. Another dog stands in the foreground of the picture.
Visitor and their dog on the beach at Penrose | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Dogs are welcome at Penrose all year round. There are miles of paths to explore throughout the estate, including open countryside, woodland and beaches. Please help keep Penrose enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog under close control, cleaning up after them and following the guidance below.

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's members' handbook.

Penrose has just been upgraded to 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 at Penrose?

Dogs are welcome across the whole estate at Penrose, including the seating area at The Stables kiosk. Please keep dogs under close control and on a short lead if livestock is grazing nearby. Dogs are welcome on the beach at Loe Bar all year round.

There is a map of walks available on the welcome and orientation board in the Penrose Hill car park and at the start of the Helston Drive walkway by Helston fairground car park. You can also view a map of the Penrose estate here penrose-map.pdf (

What facilities are available for my dog?

There are water bowls outside the The Stables cafe and free dog biscuits in a jar on the counter for doggies who deserve a treat. Dog waste bins are located throughout the estate, including in each car park as well as outside the cafe and near Bar Lodge.

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.

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
Two visitors using walking poles explore the South West Coast Path at Penrose, Cornwall

Discover more at Penrose

Find out how to get to Penrose, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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