On holiday in Cornwall with Otto and Ruby
We have just returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday in North Cornwall with Otto 15 months and Ruby 9 months for them it’s back to their roots as they were born and bred in Cornwall. Brintala’s Black Hawk and Ruby Tuesday
We stayed in a dog friendly cottage in Rock which we found through John Bray Cornish holidays, five minutes to the beach by car, ample parking out of season. The beach Rock to Delamare Bay is Dog friendly and with the tide out allows dogs off the lead it’s a good 3 mile walk there and back for us, longer for them as they covered every inch of the beach with such energy. This became our morning walk, finishing with coffee and cake in the Blue Tomato café dog’s allowed with refreshments provided for them. Occasionally we did an evening walk the dogs running free chasing gulls and playing with any other dogs however on occasions they would dash of into the dunes chasing rabbits and doing what pinschers do acting like terriers digging holes in the sand. In the evening they were made welcome in the Mariner’s wine bar or The Pity Me Inn, the land lord Steve and Karen adored Otto and Ruby. Both dogs attracted admiration and attention where ever we went from locals and tourists and everyone was interested in hearing about the breed and their character and temperament.
We discovered a little book, “Cornwall’s beaches the guide to the best “,so to add variety for the dogs walks we explored those recommended for dogs Harlyn Bay, Porthcothan ,Trebarwith Stand and Porthkidney, there are many more but these allow dogs all year round and have easy access and lovely soft sands. All tried and tested by Otto and Ruby.
As members of the National Trust we did a couple of walks with the dogs but on the leads as these were coastal paths , splendid views and a little bit more challenging walks, with some steep climbs. Lundy Cove and the Rumps on the latter the route took us out on to the headland North of Rock where we saw seals and puffins
(Jazz the Doberman a friend from home this was a true bonding holiday for them)
From Rock to Padstow we took the ferry £4.00 return Dogs go free Otto and Ruby’s first trip on a boat they took it in their stride very confident and stood up to watch what was going on. There are plenty of walks on the coastal path from Padstow but we choose the Camel Trail Padstow to Wadebridge beautiful views of the Camel Estuary, great bird life and wild flowers. We packed the dogs lunch in a rucksack and off we set on foot this was again a lead walk. We could have hired bikes and had the dogs in carrier baskets in the rear but knowing our two fidgets they would want to be independent and four feet on the floor. We only did to halfway point as we had to do the same distance back, and we had promised ourselves fish and chips on the harbour front at Rick Steins. We deserved that as we had walked a total of 13, 9 miles that day with them walking from our cottage down to the ferry and back. Darryl treated himself to a pedometer to see how far we walked each day. The day was not over for them in the evening it was down to the beach to meet Karen and Colin Wakefield with their dogs a chance for Otto and Ruby to play with both their Mother’s.. Bella and Sassy. All slept well that night.
During our Stay we were lucky to discover that in Port Isaac they were filming the seventh series of Doc Martin staring Martin Clunes, an avid dog lover. We decided to go and watch filming in Port Gaverne It was really interesting the crew were friendly and spent some time talking to us We met Jo Abslom who plays Al Large he spent 20 minutes with us, admiring the dogs. Watching the filming was fascinating as we are fans of the series. We were asked to be silent during filming it was amusing all fell quiet car engines turned off, no noise then the Words Take, at that point Otto decided to whinge…. CUT re-Take. Martin Clunes arrived and came over to us or should I say Otto and Ruby. He’s a bit of a pushover when it comes to dogs he actually makes a point of going to speak to people on set with dogs, he genuinely enjoyed hearing stories about what Otto and Ruby do, and showed an interest in their breed as he had not met any German Pinschers before. He likes to educate himself and others about the origins of dogs. In true fashion Ruby and Otto leapt up to greet him. He has a real passion for dogs and really cares about them. In all the excitement I forgot to take a picture, so had to make a second visit another day to watch again. Martin was busy filming but took a break to speak to his wife and have a cuddle with his own cocker spaniel, he then spotted us again in the crowd and came over saying I met these two beauties the other day, need another cuddle, I asked him if he minded me taking a photo with the dogs he said” not a problem “so I snapped away. We visited Port Isaac a few times that week, great place to buy fish and a lovely café named after Ruby Tuesday for Coffee. During our time there we saw more of the cast and film crew and they waved or stopped to talk.
It was a week of meeting the celebreties for us all, as we met Rick Stein on a couple of occassions in Porthleven at the food and music festival and again in Padstow, and then Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac at his new resturant, our treat to ourselves a Seafood tasting menu with accompanying wines cooked by Nathan and at the end of the evening a tour of his kitchen and a long chat with him. Recommend this evening , expensive but worth it.
Finally Just when the dogs thought it was all play and fun we went to Penzance on our last Wednesday for a long beach walk and pub supper before accepting a kind invatation to Penzance and district canine club ring craft club at Marazion Community Centre, we met Karen there. It’s a very friendly well run club, on are arrival we were made welcome. Karen tested out both our dogs putting them through their paces in preparation for the National Dog Show in Stafford the following week.
Our last morning we spent with Colin and Karen in their garden with all the dogs having a final play together before heading back to home.
My thanks to Penzance and disrict Ring Craft Club, Martin Clunes and cast and crew of Doc Martin , To Karen and Colin for their support and good company and to all those pubs and cafes who allowed our dogs through their doors making us welcome.
A brilliant Holiday for us all relaxing and fun . Would not be without the dogs. Off again soon