July 26,  2016 – Constantine Bay in Padstow, Cornwall, England has topped a poll among UK pet owners to find their favourite dog-friendly picnic spots with 42% of the votes. New Forest in Hampshire, Raglan Castle in Wales and Richmond Park in Surrey were also popular suggestions.

The top 10 dog-friendly picnic spots…

  1. Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, England – with 43% of the votes. Other dog-friendly bays around Padstow include Daymer Bay, Harlyn Bay and Porthcothan Bay.
  2. New Forest, Hampshire, England – Ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys roam in the open forest, so make sure your dog is on a lead.
  3. Raglan Castle, Gwent, Wales – A late medieval castle surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces.
  4. Richmond Park, Surrey, England – Located in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, it is the largest of London’s Royal Parks.
  5. Ogmore Castle, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales – The ruins lie on the south bank of the River Ewenny and the east bank of River Ogmore, it was once used as a prison and court of justice.
  6. Sandringham House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England – With woods, a sculpture trail, children’s play area and water taps for dogs.
  7. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, England – A hill managed by the National Trust and topped by the mystical St. Michael’s Tower legend has it it is the burial place of King Arthur.
  8. Woolacombe Beach, Devon, England -Woolacombe won Trip Advisor’s best beach in the UK 2016. Dogs permitted on the left side of the beach.
  9.  Holkham Bay, Norfolk, England – Reputedly the finest stretch of beach on the Norfolk coast with white golden sands, sand dunes, sea and pine forest.
  10. Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, England – A long shingle beach with a backdrop of low cliffs and colourful beach huts. One of the only dog-friendly beaches in Hampshire.

The survey also found that 94% of respondents said they believed a picnic would be incomplete without their dog, with all participants stating they pack special picnic food and treats for their canine friend(s).

Paul Hunter, co-founder of dog food brand Barking Heads, which ran the poll on social media earlier this month, said, “As a nation of dog-lovers and picnic-lovers, we aren’t surprised that so many people love to combine the two for a perfect day out.”

“Cornwall Council owns a number of dog friendly beaches and it is fantastic to hear that Constantine Bay has been voted as the dog lovers most friendly picnic spot,” Cornwall Natural Environmental Manager Jon James said.

Constantine Bay’s beach is dog-friendly all year round, as is much of Cornwall. For more information go to www.visitcornwall.com/dogslovecornwall
Photo: Courtesy of Visit Cornwall

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