We’re looking forward to welcoming your four-legged friends to Tresco this February during our dog-friendly month. Tresco’s wild and beautiful landscape is paradise for your pooch, with plenty of beaches and coastal paths to explore.
Here are three of our favourite island dog walks:
North End Adventures
Start at New Grimsby quay and follow the path behind the waiting room building – you’ll see a sign directing you towards the castles. From here, follow the coastal path between ferns and bracken. Soon you’ll come across a steep clamber up to a rocky outcrop – catch your first view of Cromwell’s Castle further along the coast, and take a break while your pooch explores the headland (just don’t let them too close to the edge!).
Continue along the coast and soon you’ll see Cromwell’s towering above you. Scramble down to the tiny cove below and let your dog have a paddle, or climb the stone steps into the castle and marvel at the view. Further spiralling steps lead to the upper level – fantastic views but a narrow climb for your four-legged friend, so proceed with caution!
Once you’ve taken in your first castle, brave the steep slope up to the ruins of King Charles’ Castle. Looking down the Tresco channel all the way to St. Agnes island is quite something, and there are plenty of hidden nooks for your dog to explore.
Head back towards New Grimsby – there’s a rocky path running through the heather across the middle of the headland. Your dog will love bounding about on this scenty ground.
Keeping it Coastal
Great for walking off a hearty lunch at the New Inn, head to Blockhouse Castle passing St. Nicholas Church and the school. Blockhouse boasts captivating views across to St. Martin’s and the Eastern Isles – take a moment to enjoy the sights.
Head down onto the coast and follow the winding paths across the banks – your dog will love following his nose through the clusters of bracken. With stunning beaches running parallel you can clamber up and down as you wish, throwing stones for your dog to chase and collecting shells and beach treasures.
At the end of the island you’ll find Pentle Bay – one of our most popular beaches and a great spot to sit awhile as your dog expends some energy! Once they’ve had their fill, head back to your cottage via your choice of route – Pool Road, the Abbey Drive and Cliff Fields are all picturesque strolls.
To the Garden and Back
Best explored in wellies or walking boots, follow Pool Road as it skirts along the edge of the Great Pool. Stop off at the bird hides enroute or simply amble through the peaceful, tree-lined space.
As the bumpy track joins a concrete road, swing right and follow the edge of the pool. Pass Tresco Abbey and wind your way to the Abbey Garden entrance.
Here you’ll discover beds and beds of exotic plants – walk the tumbling terraces and marvel at the collection of figureheads and relics in Valhalla Museum. Keep your pooch on the lead for your Abbey Garden explorations, as it’s home to red squirrels and golden pheasants.
Once you’ve had your garden fill, Appletree beach nearby is an ideal spot for some off-lead play. You can then traverse the coastal road along Cliff Fields and back to your cottage to relax and warm up by the fire.