Cornwall is a fantastic place to holiday with your dog. There are beautiful stretches of beach where dogs can run freely, even during the peak season, there’s rolling countryside with spectacular views, and there are magical, ancient wooded glens to explore. And while there are many great opportunities for dog walks in Cornwall, it can be difficult to know where exactly you can and can’t take your four-legged friend. So, if you’re in search of some Cornish dog-friendly walks, then here are a few of our favourites to get you started.
Padstow to Harlyn Bay
This scenic walk around a stunning section of the North Cornwall coast was recently voted the best dog walk in the South West in a competition run by the South West Coast Path. The walk follows the dramatic coastline from the fishing port of Padstow and takes in sights such as Stepper Point and the mysterious smugglers' caves. There are also the stunning, dog-friendly beaches, Harbour Cove and Hawker’s Cove, where dogs will enjoy playing and stretching their legs. In Padstow, there are plenty of fantastic dog-friendly cafes and pubs where you can grab a spot of lunch such as the Old Custom House and the London Inn. The walk itself is mostly level but it does become more rugged as the walk progresses. That said, it is suitable for families with older children who are able to manage the distance.
Distance: 6.9 miles / 11.1 km
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/74/
To learn more about the dog-friendly pubs on offer in Cornwall, read our guide.
Cardinham Woods Lady Vale
Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin, is a picturesque woodland area in the Cardinham Water valley that’s popular for dog walking with both locals and tourists. There are several walking trails to explore here, but we’ve chosen the Lady Vale Walk, as its level terrain and short distance makes it perfect for all abilities - including parties with wheelchairs and prams. This relaxed route follows the river upstream to the Lady Vale Bridge. Pack a picnic to enjoy along the way, or stop off at the Woods Café, an old woodsman’s cottage with an open fire that serves delicious sandwiches, soups and cakes. The café also has its own adventure play area for children and facilities for dogs.
Distance: 2 miles / 3.2 km
More information: www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8YYJ9S
While you're in the Bodmin area check out some of their great attractions!
Sennen Cove to Land's End
For a dog walk with breath-taking views, they don’t come much better than this three-mile circular route from Sennen Cove to Land’s End. You can begin the walk at either end; Sennen Cove is famous for its beautiful yet rugged landscape, while Land’s End offers stunning vistas and family-friendly attractions. This route is ideal for those who want to head off the beaten path. While both Seenen Cove and Land's End welcome large numbers of visitors, only a few make the climb up from Sennen to enjoy the spectacular views this route affords. Once you reach Land’s End, if you want to walk a little further, the secluded cove of Nanijzal Beach is worth a visit. This hidden gem is dog-friendly all year round and thought by many to be one of the finest beaches in Cornwall.
Distance: 3 miles / 4.8 km
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/28/
A Twirl of the Cape
Delve into Cornwall’s mining history with this cultural dog walk around the old Cornish mining town of St Just. St Just was once the mining capital of Cornwall, and few towns in the area have managed to retain their character to such an extent. The circular route passes several remarkable historic mining sites before continueing along the coastline, which is part of a World Heritage Site, to Cape Cornwall. The path then returns to St Just through the lush sub-tropical paradise of Nanquidno. Along the way, there are a couple of wonderful dog-friendly beaches: Priest Cove and Cot Valley Beach, and several dog-friendly places to eat in St Just, such as The Commercial and The Kings Arms.
Distance: 4.8 miles / 7.7 km
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/203/
Bude- Coast & Canal
A great dog walk for families, this leisurely trail around Bude takes in glorious sea views along the coast path before winding across peaceful farmland to join the Bude Canal towpath back to the centre of the town. This walk is particularly lovely in spring when children will be delighted by the ducklings and cygnets in the canal, as well as a whole host of beautiful flowers and plants to enjoy. If the sun’s out, why not take a picnic to eat at the canalside, where you can watch the boats glide by? The route for this walk is quite flat after the initial gentle slope to get out of Bude; however there are several kissing gates along the way which may cause issues for families with prams.
Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/34/
If you’re considering a pet-friendly holiday in Cornwall, then make sure you take a look at our fantastic collection of dog-friendly cottages. Whether you’re holidaying with a Chihuahua or a Newfoundland, we’ll find a cottage to suit you.