Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 09:45

The Eden Project has been named the best dog-walking destination in the world in a new poll published today (Wednesday August 8).

More than 10,000 members of house- and pet-sitting website TrustedHousesitters recommended their most pet-friendly places and 100 destinations across the globe have now been ranked in the new list.

Eden came out top ahead of US attractions Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, and Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cornwall was well-represented in the top ten with the Lost Gardens of Heligan being ranked sixth globally and third in the UK.

Eden boasts more than four miles of outdoor paths - all accessible to dog-walkers - taking a route through the project's scenic gardens. Eden also provides water bowls, an undercover dining area for dogs and dedicated bins for dog poo. Just beyond the visitor attraction are many miles more of dog-friendly, traffic-free footpaths.

Peter Stewart, Executive Director of Outreach and Development at the Eden Project, said: "What an honour to be named the world’s top destination for dog walking. We know that dogs are a big part of the family and we're pleased to welcome many thousands of four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes to the Eden Project to enjoy the miles of paths we have around our gardens.

"Many people bring their dogs on holiday with them and appreciate being able to take them on days out. Likewise, we have many local visitors who love to use Eden as a place to bring their dog. We offer a friendly and safe environment for all our visitors and dogs so everyone can enjoy our great outdoor gardens."

Tim Lyons, Managing Director of TrustedHousesitters, said: “For the past two years, we’ve logged thousands of recommendations given to us about the world’s most pet-friendly places and a handful of countries, including the UK, USA and Australia are really leading the way with their pet-friendly parks, restaurants and attractions. It is great to see the Eden Project at number one globally for walks, followed by Lake Merritt and Piedmont Park in the US.”

From over 54,000 locations that were recommended worldwide, 30 British places made the top 100 list, making the UK the most pet-friendly place in the world, followed by the USA with 26 locations and Australia with 20. Australia took the top spot for the world’s most pet-friendly beaches, while Portobello Beach in Edinburgh received the most recommendations in the UK.

The house and pet sitting site created its top 100 list after animal lovers in 130 countries shared their favourite pet-friendly destinations. The list has been released to celebrate the launch of the new TrustedHousesitters app, which goes live today.

Available on the App Store, the TrustedHousesitters app is free to download and enables owners and sitters to connect and stay in touch, making the most of local points of interest and places to walk pets.

To see the full list of the 100 most pet-friendly places in the world visit:

Ten most pet-pleasing places in the world:

•    The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
•    Lake Merritt, Oakland, USA
•    Piedmont Park, Piedmont, USA
•    Watercress Line, Hampshire, UK
•    Cashmere Hill Lookout, Victoria Park, New Zealand
•    Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, UK
•    South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
•    Verteuil-sur-Charente, France
•    Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
•    Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paolo Brazil