Helsbury Park, Camelford
Helsbury Park can be found near Camelford in North Cornwall and offers the ultimate in dog friendly holiday accommodation. All of the cottages at Helsbury Park provide guests with luxury, dog friendly self catering accommodation and they all benefit from access to around 100 acres of woodland and open pasture for guests to explore.
Within easy reach of many of Cornwall’s key attractions, Helsbury Park is a fantastic resort for families who fancy a splendid break in the heart of rural Cornwall while also being close to the gloriously sandy north coast. The dog friendly beaches on the north coast of Cornwall are notable for their long, golden stretches that are backed by dreamy sand dunes or small secluded coves.
Spectacular Setting in North Cornwall
7.5 miles from Port Isaac
Port Isaac, made famous by Doc Martin, is a picturesque fishing harbour on Cornwall’s normally sandy North coast. It is quintessentially cute and has earned itself a reputation as a popular hotspot for visitors to the region. With winding cobbled streets mostly leading to the working harbour, this destination is not to be missed!
7.5 miles from Tintagel
Mostly known for its connections with the legends of King Arthur and the knights of the round table, the area around Tintagel makes for great days out with plenty to explore. The remains of Tintagel Castle are perched above turquoise waters where many ships have been wrecked in the past. Tintagel is wonderfully rich in history from the sea to the land with many notable, unusual buildings with their own stories to tell.
13 miles from Rock & Padstow
Foodies can rest easy, knowing that the delights of Rock and Padstow are within a short drive of their holiday cottage at Helsbury Park. Rick Stein has several eateries in Padstow, but there is a plethora of independent pubs, cafes and restaurants all offering great variety and choice in locally sourced fayre.
Dog Friendly Beaches Near Helsbury Park
Port Gaverne Beach (Port Isaac)
A sand and shingle beach that lies in a sheltered spot slightly West of Port Isaac, this is a great place to let your four-legged friend run, jump and play in the surf all year round. There is a car park a short walk from the beach in the village.
A lesser known cove that sits at the foot of a narrow valley, this beach is a great find and dog friendly year round. Please be sure to check tide times before visiting though as parking is limited and the sandy beach is completely submerged at high tide meaning any walks would be across rocks or coastpath if timed wrong.
Bossiney Haven (Tintagel)
Another sandy beach on Cornwall’s north coast that is completely happy to see dogs play on it year-round. This beach is best visited at low tide and can be tricky to access if you have pushchairs or wheelchairs. Parking is available in a nearby lay-by, please contact us for further information if you wish to visit this beach and want some help.
Daymer Bay (Padstow)
Backed by sand dunes with views out to the famous “Doom Bar”; a sand bar that protects the estuary and bay from the full force of the waters. The area is popular with windsurfers and is dog friendly all year round. There is car parking available at one end of the beach as well as a selection of cafes for visitors.
Harlyn Bay (Padstow)
Just over half a mile long, this crescent of sand and pebble beach enjoys plenty of parking and remains a firm favourite with surfers and families alike. There are toilets, shops, cafes and a pub within a short walk of this glorious beachy spot.
Active Pursuits in the Area
Camel Valley – Camel Trail – Cycling
Running through a particularly popular area of conservation on the coast of Cornwall is the Camel Trail – a cycleway and walkway that runs along a disused railway line between Wadebridge and Padstow. It is especially dog friendly and there are various cycle hire companies operating along the route should you fancy jumping on a bike. The landscape, flora and wildlife will constantly change along the coastal route and it is a good idea if you go to pack a picnic that can be enjoyed at any of the pretty spots along the way!
With nearly 100 square metres of rolling moorland interspersed with dramatic granite tors rising from the ground, this area has quite rightly been classified an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are various rivers and lakes running across the Moor and if exploring the many walks available, you will inevitably discover one of the many stone circles or bronze age monuments.
St Enodoc – Rock – Golfing
Fancy playing a round on the edge of the Camel Estuary and enjoying coastal vistas while completing 18 holes? Then St Enodoc is a must-visit! Set on sand dunes near Rock and Padstow, this club is consistently listed in the top 100 golf courses in the World. If you are watching from the side-lines, worry not – the fabulous clubhouse has been the subject of many a refurbishment and is extremely popular.
Family Fun near Helsbury Park
Imposing and grand, this Victorian house, gardens and woods provides an outlet for families with a keen interest in history and horticulture.
Dogs are welcome at the venue, with the exception of the formal garden. While wandering the house will keep families engaged and interested, there is also cycle hire available for those wanting to meander through ancient woodland or by the riverside.
Coasteering / Sea Kayaking / Wild Swimming – Polzeath
The coast near Helsbury Park is ideal for those wanting to explore coves and bays. Whether a novice or a seasoned user of the sea, there are any number of schools, facilities and equipment hire centres dotted along the North coast. Polzeath is the perfect spot to launch a kayak and paddle your way out and about the craggy cliffs, keeping an eye out of course for the elusive dolphins, sun fish and basking sharks.
Horse Riding – Bodmin Moor and Camelford
With so much beautiful moorland to discover, travelling on four legs makes a lot more sense. Families can visit one of the many equine centres near Helsbury Park and arrange a guided tour of Bodmin Moor or simply try their hand at horse riding with the guidance and supervision of a local horse riding school. Please contact our Guest Experience Co-ordinator for further details.